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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

Studies in Jewish Law: Interpersonal Relationships (REL219)

Formerly Studies in Jewish Law: Interpersonal Relationships (REL319)

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 2009 - Present.

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

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify, describe, interpret and analyze the Laws of Interpersonal Relationships; extrapolate from the relevant principles to their applications in a wide variety of situations, typical and atypical, practical and theological. In delving into source material from across the spectrum of Jewish history, students will demonstrate  skill in analyzing Biblical, Rabbinical, medieval and modern primary sources and trace the development of the Jewish legal code as the sages of one era build on the work of sages of previous times.


Major topics include: reasons for the mitzvah of honoring one’s parents, who pays the expenses of honoring parents, emotional claims, excesses of parental authority, conflicts between parent’s desires and religious principles, the imperative to love one’s fellow man, how can people love one another as much as they love themselves, Rebuke, “Do not hate your brother in your heart”, hate the evil, but not the evildoer, obligation to rebuke, limits of the obligation, visiting the ill, patient autonomy, obligation to heal, faith healing, treatment of the dying, euthanasia, praying for the terminally ill, brain death, limits of contracts, strikes and unions, employee liability, Lashon hara and rechilus, lying for the sake of peace, “mechusrei emunah”, “geneivas daas”, lying about a bride’s attributes, exaggeration. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Basic Halachic knowledge. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Psychology, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).