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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 the Writings of Rav Dessler (REL396)


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 philosophical and ethical concepts articulated in Michtav M’Eliyahu along with their Biblical, Rabbinic and Midrashic sources and relate these concepts to other works of Jewish thought and Mussar (system of self-discipline and ethical development); and apply them towards personal growth.


Major topics include people and places that helped shape and disseminate Rabbi Dessler’s philosophy; free will; effects of faith on worldly pursuits; the need for prayer; analysis of natural and supernatural phenomena; the relation between giving and love; obligation to share spiritual advantages; influence of surroundings on morality; ethics of individual, gratitude; the motivation to fulfill commandments; depth and superficiality of man; exile and redemption. 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 Jewish Philosophy or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).