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Learn Hebrew: Pirkei Avot

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by Cohen-Regev, Shira

“[It is customary to study Pirkei Avot on the Shabbatot between the holidays of Pesach and Shavuot. Pirkei Avot (פִּרְקֵי אָבוֹת), known as the] ‘Ethics of the Fathers,’ is a compilation of teachings from the Sages of the Mishnah (משנה) compiled in Israel some 1800 years ago.

 

Pirkei Avot is devoted entirely to Jewish morals, values and ethics (musar – מוסר).

We live in an information age, bombarded by a constant flow of information, images, and ideas aimed at shaping how we see the world.

 

Pirkei Avot opens by telling us the source and transmission of all Torah wisdom.

 

Ethics, philosophy and moral standards are not the products of human minds. They are not merely the pithy sayings of wise men who preceded us. The ultimate source for all decency and morality is God and it can’t exist in His absence.

 

This Torah was received by Moses at Sinai, and handed down generation by generation – from Moses unto you.”