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Essays and insights on the second chapter of Pirkei Avot -- Ethics of the Fathers.

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Potential is only worth something when it is acted upon.
Ethics 2:1
Follow your bliss? If it’s going to make other people like you, that’s the thing to do? Not the sort of advice you’d expect from a Talmudic sage . . .
Ethics 2:2
Heaven or earth? The kollel or the kibbutz? We Jews have been debating the issue for as long as we have been a people
Ethics 2:4
“Do not judge your fellow until you have reached his place.” But since a person can never really be in his fellow's place, why doesn't the Mishnah simply say, “don't judge your fellow”?
Ethics 2:6
Moses, Pharaoh, Hillel, Maimonides and the Lubavitcher Rebbe on cosmic justice, the temporality of evil, the significance of chance encounters and the redeemability of the malevolent spirit.
Ethics 2:7
People are busy rifling through the—dare I say it—junk. I must run. Run before I become entangled in that huge mess of possessions, aptly called “gar(b)age sale.”
Ethics of the Fathers is a tractate of the Mishna that details the Torah's views on ethics and interpersonal relationships. Enjoy insights, audio classes and stories on these fascinating topics.