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

Avot with Commentary
Ethics 5:1
The world was created with ten utterances. What does this come to teach us? Certainly, it could have been created with a single utterance...
Good Tests v. Bad Tests
Ethics 5:3
The Jews tested G-d, and incurred His wrath. But G-d Himself set the example, by testing Abraham. Is this hypocrisy?
Twilight’s Ten Creations
Ethics 5:6
According to the Mishnah, “Ten things were created at twilight.” What is twilight, and what is its significance?
Don't Be Fair
Ethics 5:10
What were the sins of Sodom? In the English language, the name of the city is synonymous with sexual perversion. But the traditional Jewish sources -- the Talmud, Midrashim and the Commentaries -- have a different angle on the Sodom story
How Can Someone Be so Stingy?
Right now, he acts stingily. Somewhere, deep inside, hides his inner philanthropist.
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.