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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

Introduction to Topics in Jewish Philosophy (PHI200)


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 Biblical and Rabbinic sources about fundamental topics in Jewish philosophy. In delving into source material from across the spectrum of Jewish history, the student will demonstrate skill in analyzing works of Jewish philosophy as well as Biblical, Rabbinical, medieval and modern sources which elucidate these themes. 


Major topics covered in the course include: organization of mitzot, reasons for mitzvot, how :anochi: is a commandment, why the first two commandments in the Decalogue are in second person, distinction between knowledge and faith, how can we be commanded to love G-d?, love and fear, Torah-to learn, to teach or to fulfill:, "Torah li'shemah", woman's obligation to study Totah, Midot": is it possible  to love another as one loves oneself?, Divine omniscience and free will, honor and respect.  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 Jewish Philosophy, Ethics, Hebraic/Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).