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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 (301): Chassidic Thought


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

October 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: identify the foundational ideas of the Torah as they relate to understanding the purpose of the world and how an individual can relate to that purpose on a daily basis; analyze original texts of the great Jewish philosophers 16th Century Europe; demonstrate how these philosophers of the 16th Century directly influenced the works of the originators of the Hasidic Movement of the 18th Century: and describe the differences between the teachings of the Hasidic Movement and other branches of Jewish thought.


This course is a study of Biblical, Rabbinic, and modern Jewish Teachings with a focus on the purpose of the individual in relation to the purpose of the creation of the world. Major subjects include the centrality of the intellect, the nature of humility and the correlation to the purpose of life; while developing a necessity and development of one’s individuality. Core texts include commentary of Maharal from Prague, Ramchal, and the Meor Einayim. Students will conduct a close reading of the text applying research skills to uncover the meaning and understand the message of the narrative.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Thought, Jewish Mysticism, Near Eastern Studies, Sociology, Biblical Studies, or Religion (12/19).