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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Davar Academy, LLC | Evaluated Learning Experience

Foundations of Jewish Ethics (PHI 300)


Varies – self study.

Various; distance learning format.

May 2022 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate in-depth understanding of Jewish ethics as presented in the Mishna of Pirkei Avos and its commentaries; demonstrate a grasp of how ethical behavior is derived from the words of the sages. analyze the axioms of the sages; explain underlying premises which build the foundation of the Jewish ethical system; identify the sources of upon which the sages base their axioms; assess practical situations and apply the appropriate ethical axioms of the sages.


This course explores the major theories of Jewish ethical behavior, their sources, underlying premises, and how those theories are applied to Jewish law and practice. Specific topics include free will and determinism, the meaning of “good” and “evil”, morality and justice, guarding the commandments, giving rebuke, moral sentiments and obligations towards G-d and others, individual responsibility, acts of kindness and charity, repentance and others.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or Philosophy (3/22).