Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience
Advanced Studies in Jewish Philosophy: Global Redemption (PHI362)
Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies.
May 2023 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: formulate a comprehensive perspective on many of the fundamental philosophical and theological principles defined by the Tanya and other Chassidic and Kabbalistic works; analyze and contrast divergent approaches to these essential issues; explain and compare man’s spiritual journey and goals with the corresponding mystical dimensions; synthesize the concepts of a selection of classical Jewish philosophical, Biblical, Halachic and Kabbalistic schools of thought; and independently apply textual analysis skills.
Major topics include drawing down the Shechina (Tanya Ch.35); G-d’s desire for an abode in the lower realms, the physical world (Tanya Ch.36); mortal man’s ability to elevate the mundane and reveal G-d’s presence in the physical, material world (Tanya Ch.37); Kavana - the requirement to marshal and focus one’s mind and thoughts leading to G-d’s revelation in this world (Tanya Ch.39); the interplay of Kavana, the ascent of Torah Study and Mitzvos, to the sefirot within the four spiritual worlds (Tanya ch.39). Topics may vary. Prerequisite: Formal education: Record of successful completion of four years high school or its equivalent; ability to read and comprehend Hebrew.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Law, Religion, or Sociology (5/23).