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Chapter 1

Chapter 1, Mishnah 1 - Lesson 1
Part 1 Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:1
Chapter 1, Mishnah 1 - Lesson 2
Part 2 Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:1
Chapter 1, Mishnah 1 - Lesson 3
Part 3 Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:1
The World’s Tripod
Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:2
Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness.
Truth and Justice
Audio | 50:26
Truth and Justice
Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:8-9
When the litigants stand before you, consider them both guilty; and when they leave your courtroom, having accepted the judgement, regard them as equally righteous…
To Love Every Jew
Audio | 58:17
To Love Every Jew
Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:12
Hillel would say: Be of the disciples of Aaron--a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures and draws them close to Torah.
Choose a Path for Yourself
Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:16
Rabban Gamliel would say: Assume for yourself a master; stay away from doubt; and do not accustom yourself to tithe by estimation.
The Value of Silence
Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:17
His son, Shimon, would say: All my life I have been raised amongst the wise and I have found nothing better for the body than silence. The essential thing is not study, but deed. And one who speaks excessively brings on sin.
Justice, Truth and Peace
Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 1:18
By three things is the world sustained: law, truth and peace. As is stated: "Truth, and a judgment of peace, you should administer at your [city] gates.''
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