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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

Topics in Chassidic Thought (PHI311)

Formerly Topics in Chassidic Thought (PHI411)

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 and discuss the events that gave rise to the Chassidic movement and summarize and express the fundamental concepts of the Chassidic worldview.  


Major topics include ideological conflict between Chassidm and Misnagdim, fundamental concepts of the Chassidic worldview, Rebbe and Chassid; tzimtzum and the  Divine Light; Elul and Rosh Hashanah; the Forefathers, esoteric rectification; worship through corporeality; the nature of exile; Chanukah; the relationship between the menorah and mezuzah; topics in tzavaat HaRivash; Divine Providence and Creation; Creation and the Tabernacle; Purim: Joy,  Rosh Chodesh, Passover, Iyar; preparation for receiving theTorah. 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 Jewish Philosophy, Hebraic/Judaic Studies, Religious Studies or Theology (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).