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Jewish Philosophy 101

Formerly Philosophy-Religious Ethics 101 - Studies in Traditional Jewish Thought and Ethics (PRE101)
50 hours (40 weeks).
Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel.
August 1991 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the major themes of the Mishnaic tractate Avoth; compare and contrast the interpretations of various commentaries; and assess the relevancy of moral and ethical principles delineated in the text to various contemporary social issues and personality development.


This course is a  year-long study of salient topics in Jewish thought as reflected in tractate Avoth or Ethics of the Fathers. References are drawn from major medieval and modern commentaries and other major Jewish philosophers. Topics include: the chain of Jewish tradition, moral conduct between peers, the relationship between students and teachers, professional ethics, the centrality of Torah study in Jewish tradition, and the significance of the Land of Israel in Jewish thought.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies or Religion (4/94) (5/99 revalidation) (7/01 revalidation) (8/08 revalidation) (11/14 revalidation) (12/19 revalidation).