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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

The Three Weeks (Jewish Thought 107)


Varies, self-study.

Various; distance learning format.

August 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: define the process of destruction (“churban”) during the Three Weeks and identify how the destruction experienced during the Three Weeks symbolically parallels the undoing of creation; illustrate the significance of the Sin of the Golden Calf, the tragedy of Shattering the Luchos and the Sin of the Spies as they relate to the Three Weeks in particular and Jewish History as a whole; identify the unifying themes of the tragedies experienced during the Three Weeks; describe how the faculties of seeing and hearing relate, respectively, to the months of Tammuz and Av and illustrate the unique relationship between weeping and the Sin of the Spies; describe how the customs of mourning during the Three Weeks encourage and foster self-awareness and character change; differentiate between the destruction of the First and Second Beis HaMikdash, and illustrate how the process of destruction also carries within it the potential for rebuilding.


Major topics include: the concept of destruction and rebuilding in Jewish Thought. The Three Weeks are a time to reflect on these concepts. In this course, students will use contemporary sources to analyze these themes and elaborate on their application throughout Jewish History. Assessment is based on a final exam containing multiple choice and short answer questions.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Philosophy, Near Eastern Studies, Religion, or Jewish Thought (8/23).