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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Ethics of the Fathers I (PHL-340)


 Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: to identify the textual sources for Torah principles as found in Pirkei Avos; show familiarity with the teachings of Pirkei Avos and the commentary of Rabbeinu Yonah; apply the ethical principles of Pirkei Avos to various practical situations; trace the transmission of the Torah; to recognize the relationship between the ethical teachings of Pirkei Avos and proper interpersonal relations; and explain the beliefs of reward and punishment according to the sages of Pirkei Avos.


Ethics of the Fathers I (ETH-340) examines the ethical messages and teachings of the first three chapters of Tractate Avos along with the essential comments and teachings of Rabbeinu Yonah of Gerona in his commentary on those chapters. Students should know Rabbeinu Yonah’s explanations of the words of the mishnah and the concepts he derives from the mishnah. Concepts involve understanding the transmission of tradition, good character traits, proper interpersonal relations, reward and punishment, and pure service of G-d.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Studies, Philosophy, History, Ethics, or Education (5/21). NOTE: Students may only receive credit for this course OR Ethics of the Fathers (ETH-340).