Pirkei Avot

Torah and Love: Pirkei Avot 2:2

Aug 24, 2021Comments off

  Rabban Gamliel the son of Rabbi Yehudah Hanassi said, “Torah study with derech eretz (the way of the land) is becoming, for toiling over

The Secret of the Threes: Pirkei Avot 1:1

Aug 18, 2021Comments off

Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave it over to

Pirkei Avot 6:1 Studying Torah for Torah...

Aug 11, 2021Comments off

Rabbi Meir would say: Whomever studies Torah for Torah’s sake alone merits many things… The sages say, “He who performs (good deeds) not for the sake of the good

Plenty of Room for Everyone: Pirkei Avot 5:...

Aug 05, 2021Comments off

“Our forebearers experienced ten miracles in the Holy Temple… They stood crowded but had ample space to prostrate themselves; never did a snake or scorpion

Keeping on the Mitzvah Track: Pirkei Avot 4...

Jul 21, 2021Comments off

Ben Azzai would say: Run to pursue a minor mitzvah and flee from a transgression, for a mitzvah causes another mitzvah after it and a transgression causes another

Rectifying the “You”: Pirkei Avot 3:1

Jul 16, 2021Comments off

Akavya the son of Mahalalel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to sin. Know where you came from, where you

Pirkei Avot: Know What is Above You

Jul 09, 2021Comments off

Pirkei Avot 2:1 Know what is Above You Rebi would say: Which is the right path for man to choose for himself? The path that

Pirkei Avot 6:6 Faith in the Sages

Jun 24, 2021Comments off

Torah is acquired with forty-eight qualities and these are….with faith in the sages…  “King David said to his son, Solomon, ‘Know the God of your

Students of Abraham: Pirkei Avot 5:19

Jun 17, 2021Comments off

Whomever possesses the following three traits is considered among the disciples of our patriarch Abraham; and whomever possesses the opposite three traits is considered among

How Low can you Go? Pirkei Avot 4:4

Jun 09, 2021Comments off

Rabbi Levitas of Yavneh would say: Be of very, very lowly spirit, for the hope of mortal man is worms. Rabbi Levitas adopts a unique,