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Our return to Pirkei Avot

מסכת אבות

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

Now is the appropriate time to return to the study of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers). During the period between Pesach and Shavuot, it is customary to study this tractate of the Talmud. This text is ancient but always relevant as it focuses on self-refinement, ethical behavior, and living in accordance with the highest values. We can benefit much from its study, whether we are learning it at the age of 3 or 120, and we can only imagine what our lives would be like if we were guided by the light of Pirkei Avot, from which the following statements are taken:
"May your friend's honor be as dear to you as your own.
Be among the disciples of Aharon: Love peace, pursue peace, love others and draw them close to the Torah.
Greet everyone with a pleasant countenance.
The shy person cannot learn; the impatient person cannot teach.
Envy and lust and honor-seeking drive a person from this world.
Say little and do much."
This is just a small taste of Pirkei Avot. May we merit to internalize all of its words. Shavua tov.


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