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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) | Evaluated Learning Experience

TAL 201 Ethics I

Formerly TAL 201 Ethics 1


Proficiency examination administered at the Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) testing center or authorized proctor sites.

June 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the examination, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency as follows: explain why Ethics of the Fathers is the path to the World to Come; trace the transmission of Jewish law and tradition through the generations from Moses until Rabbi Judah the Prince; internalize the proper conduct and self-discipline taught in Ethics of the Fathers; discuss the teaching of the sages vis-à-vis human behavior and thought and the relationship of an individual to his society; and discuss human behavior and thought vis-à-vis man’s relationship with G-d.


The discourse and analysis of this tractate of the Talmud (Ethics of the Fathers) deals with the moral, ethical, and practical teachings of the Sages and how they impact on every aspect of one’s personal, communal, and Jewish life. Topics include: how to serve G-d; submission to the authority of Torah leaders; friendship – positive and harmful; the three pillars of truth, justice, and peace; the responsibility of communal leadership; the proper path versus the evil path; and the importance of Torah study.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Classical, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or Philosophy (6/15) (4/21 revalidation).