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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland | Evaluated Learning Experience

Jewish Thought: Mesilat Yesharim (JT342)

41.5 hours (19 weeks).
Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland, 91 West Carlton Road, Suffern, New York.
February 2001 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to discuss the principles and philosophy of the fundamental traits needed to attain holiness; analyze the positive and negative aspects of these traits; develop an appreciation for areas of Jewish thought; and assess the relevancy of moral and ethical principles delineated in the text to various contemporary social issues and personality development. 


This course is a study and analysis of the sequence of traits leading to holiness using the text of Mesilat Yesharim. Topics include: effects of forbidden food on the soul; theft from an employer; usury; separation from pleasures; seclusion; overindulgence; purity; saintliness; humility; fleeing honor; fearing sin.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (8/01) (5/06 revalidation) (1/17 revalidation) (1/22 revalidation).