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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 Mussar (REL285)

Formerly Studies in Mussar (REL385)

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, compare and contrast the ethical, moral and theological teachings of the greatest founders and proponents of the Mussar movement from the earliest exegetes to the most recent leaders; read, translate and compare original texts of foundational concepts in Mussar; and apply the school of thought of the Mussar movement to current ethical dilemmas.


Major topics include: free will: the raison d'être for man’s creation, the point of free will, the idolatry of our time, Zechut avot, the point of mitzvot is gratitude, root of ingratitude, why growth can usually only be achieved in tiny increments, G-d’s prayers, tolerance and intolerance, self-confidence, low self-esteem, and humility, all is from G-d, relationship of bitachon and Emunah, honoring others, praising and denigrating, alacrity, Torah study, giving and taking, empathy, arrogance and humility, jealousy, kavod. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

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 Ethics (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).