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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

Jewish Philosophy (101)


130 hours (10 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

June 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss core concepts of Jewish philosophy and analyze and discuss modern day situations from the perspective of Jewish ethics. Students are introduced to the concepts of Tikkun Olam and personal character development, and the practical applications of these missions to their personal lives and community involvement. As part of this course, students will learn from Torah experts and personalities from the business and professional world, who demonstrate from experience how to bridge Judaism’s ancient wisdom with modern life. Additionally, students are matched with optional internship opportunities in North America and Israel.


The course covers an introduction to the study of Biblical, Rabbinic, and modern Jewish teachings, with focus on inspiring and giving; students the necessary tools to continue with self-­study of Judaism. Major subjects include: monotheism, free will, the purpose of life, and the Jewish values that relate to the relationships between man and his fellow, man and God, and man and himself.  Core texts include the Torah, Talmud, Mishnah Pirkei Avot” (Major work on Jewish Ethics), and various works and teachings of Rabbinic scholars circa 2000 years ago until the present day. Students conduct a close reading of the text, applying research skills to analyze and uncover the meaning and message of the narrative.

Credit recommendation: 

In the associate/certificate degree category OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Thought, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/15) (10/20 revalidation).