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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Yeshiva Learning Experience, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

JTH 402 Advanced Jewish Philosophy II


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Yeshiva Learning Experience, Jerusalem, Israel

April 2022 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this learning experience, through the study of the text of Mesillas Yeshorim by Rabbi Luzzato, students will develop tools to manage pitfalls of daily life by gaining a foundational understanding of the common pitfalls of being distracted from responsibilities, both religious as well as the most basic; identify and utilize tools and tactics to address these challenges, thereby greatly enhancing quality of life; develop the lofty levels of self-awareness and holiness necessary for honest introspection and character development; relate numerous insights into the deeper meanings of verses throughout Torah, Nevi'im, and Kesuvim, as well as passages throughout the Talmud.


This course will improve students’ academic knowledge while simultaneously developing important elements of character. Major topics include: the second phase of character development after one has conquered his basic desires and distractions from service of G-d. Readers examine regulating physical desires, balance of satisfaction versus deprivation of basic needs, impact of social environment, proper attitude in Torah study and mitzvah observance, purity of thought in service of G-d, toiling in understanding Torah, beautifying a mitzvah, respect for holy scripture, feeling others pain, avoiding honor, awe of the greatness of G-d, awareness of G-d’s constant presence, and sensitivity to holiness. Prerequisite: JTH 401 Advanced Jewish Philosophy.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jewish Philosophy, or Religion (1/23).