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For the Kids

Stories for children based on the lessons contained in the third chapter of Pirkei Avot -- Ethics of the Fathers.

Ethics 3:7
Rava was surprised. If this man had such expensive tastes, he would find it hard to get a meal. How did he expect others to take care of him better than they took care of themselves?
Ethics 3:11
He could hardly concentrate. Looking up, he said, “If anyone here ate garlic, would they kindly leave, so that we can get on with the learning.”
An Invitation To Dinner
Ethics 3:11
Rabbi Hoshayah was afraid of bringing his blind guest for dinner. Perhaps the guests would feel uncomfortable. Perhaps they might even say something which would embarrass the blind teacher.
Ethics 3:15
He replied with sharp words, “Your majesty, tonight you will dream that you will fall into the hands of your despised enemies, the Parthians. They will torture you and force you to do hard labor!”
The Gift
Ethics 3:16
“Mother, mother, look what we found in the sand!” They showed her a box they had uncovered. There was enough money in it to support the family for many years . . .
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.