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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Jewish Liturgy: Advanced Concepts (Jewish Thought 205)


Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
March 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate comprehension and analysis of the text of the essential sections of the traditional Jewish Siddur (Brachos, Supplications, Selections of Psalms and the Tanach) with a range of midrashic, medieval and modern commentaries; elaborate underlying meanings found in the text; expound on vague or obscure passages; explain halachic practices woven into the prayers; describe historical origins and explain various metaphysical allusions; and discuss a variety of issues in a relatively mature and sophisticated manner through through their responses to the examination questions.


Proficiency exam: The examination covers the essential sections of the traditional Jewish Siddur (Holy Names, Structure of Blessings, Birkas HaShachar, Birkas HaTorah, Pisukei Dezimra, Shema and its Brachos, Amida, Aleinu) with a range of midrashic, medieval and modern commentaries. Self-Study Format: Students are expected to master recommended readings and study guide materials. The Advanced Concepts course focuses on conceptual, philosophical and ethical issues and their textual cues.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Jewish Thought, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (3/12) (3/17 revalidation) (3/22 revalidation).