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Pirke Avot: The Sayings of the Jewish Fathers Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 230 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQM9HAQ
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2013
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This book, Sayings of the Jewish Fathers, was translated with just a few lines as an introduction and only a couple of notes by Dr. Joseph I. Gorfinkle, the author of "The Eight Chapters of Maimonides on Ethics." It is part of Amazon's Library of Jewish Classics, and kindle owners can acquire it for free. It contains the full text of what others translate as "Ethics of the Fathers." Actually, neither translation is precise since the Hebrew "Pirke" means "Chapters." Since the goal of the work is to pass on wise sayings or life goals of ancient sages from about 150 BCE to about 250 CE and since ethics per se was not their goal, a better translation might be Sayings of the Sages.

The original Pirke only had five chapters. The custom arose to add a sixth chapter with interesting information, an introductory paragraph that assures life after death, and a concluding paragraph that emphasizes the importance of Torah study, and to read a chapter each week between Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost) during the Saturday evening service before the end of the Shabbat. The addition of the sixth chapter made it possible to read each chapter during these six weeks. Scholars do not know why the book of reasonable sayings was included in the Mishnah, the basic part of the Talmud, which generally deals with laws. Be this as it may, the book contains many wise ideas that people should know and the custom requiring that it be read is beneficial. This translation is very readable and it contains the extra paragraphs and sixth chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Aminadav Hinton on January 11, 2014
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Excellent reading material for any droid user. I found it and am finding it very informative and enlightening pertaining to Jewish Chinuch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Alexander on November 1, 2013
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A must read for everyone who is into Jewish wisdom.
The Sayings of the Fathers offers concise points of wisdom that illuminate Torah and fill the soul with insight and inspiration. If you are just learning Judaism this is one of the best places to begin. If you have practicing our religion for years nothing need be added. This is a good translation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By combat yid on March 7, 2013
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it is okay, interesting historical facts, does reference various other religions other than judaism for the sources. has footnotes for the actual mishnah. old english writing style. it is okay.
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