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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

Chassidic Writings - Tanya I (REL275)

Formerly Chassidic Writings - Tanya I (REL498)

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: articulate the foundations of Chabad Chassidic philosophy and support the discussion with appropriate textual sources; recognize, define and apply the terminology of Chabad philosophy;  and compare and contrast Chabad Chassidic writings with other Jewish philosophical works.


Major topics include: the structure of Tanya, the basic terminology of Tanya, the Divine Soul, the self and the ways and means of achieving a closer understanding of G-d, self and fellow man, the philosophy of Chabad as a practical manual for understanding of self-relationship to fellow man, outlook on the world and relationship to Hashem, Unity of G-d, the interplay of emotion and intellect, “Nothingness,” “creation from nothingness, Gimatrias.  Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Background knowledge in Jewish Religion and Philosophy.

Credit recommendation: 

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