What is Pirkei Avot?
Pirkei Avot is a collection of about 100 teachings by sages between 300 bce and 200 ce. Many of the teachings deal with ethical behavior, so the collection became known (in English) as Ethics of the Fathers. These teachings became the foundation for subsequent ethical movements in Judaism and for subsequent more systematic treatments of Jewish ethics. Many familiar aphorisms appear in Pirkei Avot, and Pirkei Avot is well known to observant Jews because of the 1000-year old custom of studying the six chapters in Pirkei Avot each year on the six Sabbaths between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Tabernacles).
Watch an Interview of the author on Abigail Pogrebin’s “In the Spotlight” program on the Jewish Broadcasting Service (jbstv.org) in July 2022.
Features of this book on Pirkei Avot
There are literally hundreds of books dealing with Pirkei Avot. As do other books, this book provides commentary on each of the teachings in Pirkei Avot. However, it presents the teachings in Pirkei Avot from a broader perspective, in the following ways:
Reflections on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers): Not Just What My Rebbe Taught Me is a soft-bound book with 424 pages (each 8.5” x 11”).
The price of one copy of this book is $40, including shipping and handling. If you purchase 6 or more copies of this book, sent to the same address within the United States, you will receive a refund of 15%.
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Pirkei Avot Course: Would you like to read and discuss the book with others, including the author? If so, registration is now open for the second six-week course, which will take place on consecutive Monday evenings (8-10 EDT or EST) beginning October 17, 2022. There will be a fee of $75 per participant. The course will be limited to 15 participants, each of whom will be expected to read one sixth of the book in preparation for each class, If there is interest, a third course will begin on Thursday January 12, 2003 and a fourth course (between Pesach and Shavuot) will begin on Wednesday April 19, 2003.
Speaking Engagements: Joe Rosenstein conducted a virtual book tour at a dozen sites in the months following the publication of his book. He is now available to speak and respond to questions (remotely!) about Pirkei Avot and his book about Pirkei Avot. A list of speaking engagements (including those in the virtual book tour) can be found here
View a recording of the May 3 event on YouTube – https://youtu.be/mOkm4vsHm1A