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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Ethics of Our Fathers (ETH 310)


Self-study; self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

August 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: respond accurately to questions about the key ideas taught in Pirkei Avos; identify primary sources for ethical principles taught in Pirkei Avos; discuss teachings within Pirkei Avos as explained by commentaries; describe how the ethical teaching of Pirkei Avos is relevant to everyday situations and challenges; compare and contrast different approaches to personal conduct taught by varied sages; and articulate key concepts of how to approach one’s relationship to G-d, his fellow man, and himself based on the lessons of Pirkei Avos.


Ethics of the Fathers is a study of the ethical teachings of the Tannaic sages from the beginning of the Oral Transmission of the Torah that began with the Members of the Great Assembly and Rabbi Shimon the Righteous. This tractate, Pirkei Avos, literally the Chapters of our Fathers, will be studied along with essential commentaries and teachings such as Rabbi Ovadia Bartnura, Rabbeinu Yonah, and others, in addition to the classic commentary by Rabbi Irving Bunim, Ethics from Sinai.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Talmudic Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Religious Studies, or Ethics (8/21).