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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Advanced Topics in Blessings-Part II, Version 2 (JST 360)

Advanced Topics in Blessings-Part II (Jewish Thought 360)
Formerly Advanced Topics in Blessings-Part II (Jewish Thought 360)

Versions 1 and 2: Varies; self-study format.  

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: October 2010 - March 2023. Version 2: July 2022 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify, explain, analyze, interpret, and apply theoretical law in the following areas of the laws of blessings: disassociation from a blessing; changing places; specific parameters of principle and subsidiary items; parameters of what constitutes a meal;  types of bread, cooked bread, and raw and cooked grains. Version 2: Same as Version 1 with additional outcomes. Students will be able to: discuss different food manufacturing processes and the implication they would have on blessings; identify the amount of food or drink necessary to consume to be obligated in the after blessing or the grace after meals; perform an in depth analysis of the meaning of blessings; and discuss what constitutes an interruption in a meal or blessing sequence. 


Version 1: The final examination assesses students' ability to express in-depth knowledge about the Jewish laws and customs concerning blessings; demonstrate understanding of concepts related to blessings; identify major principles; analyze underlying premises of the principle laws and customs; and apply them to novel situations. Version 2: Reading materials and sources were added representing a variety of perspectives; study materials were expanded. Course delivery options expanded. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/11) (3/16 revalidation) (8/21 revalidation). Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (7/22 administrative review). NOTE: Versions 1 and 2 were offered at the same time between July 2022 - March 2023.