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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; summarize and express the fundamental concepts of the Chassidic worldview.  


Major topics covered in this course 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).