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The title derives from a teaching in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers): "Turn and turn it again, for all is contained within it.
To use an oft-quoted line from Pirkei Avot, the third-century collection of Jewish ethics: "It is not upon you to finish the work: neither are you free to desist from it.
Thus Maimonides, in the fourth chapter of his introduction to Pirkei Avot, faults Moses for calling the people ha-morim, rebels, thus losing his temper, something a leader of his stature should avoid.
Hence, when the Torah commanded us to 'love your neighbor as yourself,' it included all humans, as Rabbi Akiva noted in Pirkei Avot 3:14: 'Precious is a human being because he has been created in the image of God.
The first teaching in Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of the Fathers) of the sage Hillel is--"Be among the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and bringing them close to the Torah.
For example, the lay leaders at my Solomon Schechter Day School decided this year that they wanted to distribute copies of Pirkei Avot to everyone who attended their big dinner.
See MISHNA PIRKEI AVOT 1:1 ("Moshe received the Torah from Sinai and handed it down to Yehoshua; Yehoshua to the Elders; the Elders to the Prophets; the Prophets handed it down to the Men of the Great Assembly.
The same Rabbi Ya'akov has given us two of the most trenchant maxims regarding the insignificance of this world vis-a-vis the next, in Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of the Fathers (Goldin 1957): "This world is like a vestibule to the world to come; prepare yourself in the vestibule that you may enter into the (banqueting-) hall" (4:16).
Learn and Lunch With Rabbi Perry Netter of Temple Beth Am is a program focusing on Pirkei Avot, and will take place noon to 1 p.
practice as expounded in the rabbinic text Pirkei Avot, in-group vs.
Known in Hebrew as Pirkei Avot, the entire tractate is included in the Siddur and literate Jews know most of its sayings.
This aspect is captured by the commentator Samson Raphael Hirsch (12) in his explanation of the verse in Pirkei Avot cited above, which he translates, "Do not set yourself apart from the community.