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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

Principles of Jewish Faith and Their Biblical Origins (PHI350)


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.

September 2020 - Present.

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: analyze the subtleties of the Torah’s language to infer the connotations indicated; synthesize the thoughts of various exegetes; and extrapolate the significance of the writings of classical Jewish philosophers and expositors.


Major topics include repentance, signs of Mashiach and what will change, preparation for receiving the Torah, service of G-d from fear and from love, women and Torah, the significance of the way G-d took the Jews out of Egypt, a “nation of priests”, kedushah, prophecy, unity, equality and hierarchy, relation between oral and written Torah, the Ten Commandments, idolatry, jealousy, Shabbos, taking G-d’s name in vain, G-d’s “work”, nefesh yeseira,  the two sides of the Tablets of the Law, deveikus, Israel’s intimate relationship with G-d, and absolute truth. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparations. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: Ability to read and comprehend Hebrew language, familiarity with courses in Biblical texts and exegesis, two courses in Jewish Philosophy, or permission from the instructor.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Philosophy, Bible Studies, Religion, or Hebraic/Judaic Studies (3/21).