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Advanced Study of Blessings I (JST-315)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

November 2020 - Present.

Subject Area:
Judaic Studies

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: assess the more complex details of the concepts and laws of blessings according to the halacha of the Jewish religion. Students will be required to identify and explain major points of disagreement among the early sources. In addition, students will be able to successfully apply major principles and individual details to various circumstances.

Advanced Studies of Blessings I (JST 330) is a self-study course that culminates in a final examination. Students will become familiarized with the primary sources of halacha through Tur and Beis Yosef, gaining the ability to trace halacha to its source and identify the points of dispute among rishonim. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and sources for complex laws of brachos and the ability to apply their knowledge of the halachic principles of brachos to various situations and analyze what rules come into play in any given case. Topics will include the underlying meaning and reasons for blessings, dealing with cases of doubt, rules of saying “amen,” saying blessings on behalf of others, the proper sequence of blessings, and the criteria for which a blessing said on one item can exempt another item.

Credit recommendation:
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (10/20).