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Thus, in Pirkei Avot 3:15, Rabbi Elazar teaches us that one who "humiliates a fellow being in public.
I'm absolutely certain it's the first time that Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) was referred to at an inauguration.
The author explores 18 classics of Jewish literature to illustrate Jewish thought and experience over a period of 2,500 years: the books of Deuteronomy and Esther, The Exposition of Laws by Philo of Alexandria, The Jewish War by Flavius Josephus, Pirkei Avot, the Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela, the Kuzari by Yehuda Halevi, The Guide of the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides, the Zohar, the Tsenerene and the Memoirs of GlEckel of Hameln, Theological-Political Treatise by Baruch Spinoza, the Autobiography of Solomon Maimon, Jerusalem by Moses Mendelssohn, the Tales of Nachman of Bratslav, The Jewish State and Old New Land by Theodor Herzl, and Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem.
Kraft got chocked up when he spoke about his father, the former lay leader at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Massachusetts, with whom he'd study Torah and the Pirkei Avot.
His "Prayer" included one of his favorite proverbs from the Jewish text Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers):
Mishnah tractate Avot (known also as Pirkei Avot, or the Ethics of Our Fathers) gives us another type of division for the Creation: ten statements.
The title derives from a teaching in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers): "Turn and turn it again, for all is contained within it.
In this sense, his homage to the rabbis is evident: "Do not separate yourself from the community," Hillel counsels readers in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers).
This comes from a famous statement by Rabbi Hillel, who lived in Jerusalem during the Rabbinic era--from around 30 BCE to 10 CE--which is part of Pirkei Avot, or the Ethics of the Fathers.
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.