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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Advanced Studies in Jewish Philosophy: Global Redemption (PHI362)


Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies. 

Traditional classroom-based offered at Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations. Distance learning and hybrid options available.

May 2023 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

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.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Law, Religion, or Sociology (5/23).