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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.
What Were Abraham's 10 Tests?
Torah does not tell us what the tests actually were. There are actually a number of schools of thought about this. Here are some.
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.