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

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Ethics 4:1
Call it the green-eyed monster. Call it spite, pettiness, insecurity. It's not a very satisfying way to live. How does one rid oneself of envy?
Ethics 4:1
The message is clear: dealing with and changing negative behavior is extremely difficult. But why does discipline and self-control need so much strength?
Ethics 4:1
As I sank into the driver’s seat on my commute home, I began my daily personal prayer to G‑d, and opened, rather ungratefully, with my list of grievances about how I had survived yet another stressful day . . .
Ethics 4:2
I’m building my spiritual photo album. Hopefully, all the pictures will be high resolution, and all graced with genuine smiles. But perhaps I’m missing out on something . . .
Ethics 4:2
Ben Azzai would say: Run to pursue a minor mitzvah, and flee from a transgression. For a mitzvah brings another mitzvah, and a transgression brings another transgression...
Ethics 4:17
The world, the sages tell us, is made of pleasure. Pleasure condenses and contracts and becomes Wisdom. Wisdom condenses further and becomes Understanding...
As children, we sometimes make the mistake of thinking that we have to be our parents.
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.