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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

Ethics of the Fathers (PHI280)


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 analyze the ethical, moral and theological teachings represented in the Avot tract and the various interpretations reflected in the commentaries and works of Jewish thought, read, translate and compare primary Judaic sources related to the Tractate. 


Major topics include the transmission of Torah, students, reward and punishment, chessed, particularism and universalism, meaning in challenges, the influence of surroundings, judging others favorably, jealousy, greed, the value of every person and every event, interpersonal relationships, speech and silence in communication, gratitude, charity, altruism, selfishness, humility, asceticism, spirituality, Judicial ethics, Theodicy, eschatology. Topics may vary.  Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation: 

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