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Pirkei Avot: Ethics of the Fathers

Upcoming Sessions

1. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 • 20 Kislev 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

2. Wednesday, December 19, 2018 • 11 Tevet 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

3. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 • 10 Shevat 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

4. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 • 8 Adar I 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

5. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 • 29 Adar I 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

6. Wednesday, April 3, 2019 • 27 Adar II 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

7. Wednesday, May 8, 2019 • 3 Iyyar 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth Tikvah Synagogue

Pirkei Avot, or “Chapters of the Fathers,” is one of the most well-known and oft-quoted of all of the writings of rabbinic Judaism. It is a tractate of the Mishnah (which is part of the Talmud).  “Avot,” as it is often referred to, is unique in that it deals solely with ethical teachings and maxims; there is virtually no halacha (law) in it. As a result it is often translated as “Ethics of the Fathers.”


Study and discussion will focus on the moral principles of the tractate, their role in Jewish practice and thought and their application to contemporary issues.


Participants will be asked to purchase one of several modern commentaries on Avot and to prepare selected chapters in advance to maximize active discussion and participation.


I have a list of several modern commentaries of Pirkei Avot, which I’ll share with registrants.  Each person will choose at least one, so we will get contributions from a number of commentaries.


Mimimum number of students:  8.


Rabbi Mike



The cost for this class is $200 for members of Beth Tikvah Synagogue and $225 for non-members. There is a $50 discount for couples ($25/person).  Please use the registration form below. Beth Tikvah members must be logged into the website to receive the member discount. If you are having trouble logging into your account, please send an email to EJ Dotts, the website administrator. The deadline for registration is November 21.




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