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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 Philosophy: "Duties of the Heart" (PHI398)


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: summarize Rabbeinu Bachya’s formulation of the fundamentals of faith and service of G-d, and analyze the theological and ethical ideas expressed by Rabbeinu Bachya and their influence on later Jewish thinkers; demonstrate skill in analyzing works of Jewish philosophy as well as Biblical, Rabbinical and medieval sources.


Major topics include duties of the heart and duties of the limbs, “with all your heart” and “with all your might”, differentiation between Emunah and bitachon,Menuchas hanefesh”, why the righteous suffer. advantages of faith, why hishtadlus is necessary, factors to consider when choosing a career, gratitude as the foundation of service of G-d, “lishma” and “lo lishma”, battle between body and soul. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Religion, Jewish Studies, or Jewish Philosophy (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).