Pirke Avot Classes
The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

YaffeShlomo02Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe's classes on Pirke Avot, from the spring and summer of 2013:

2013-04-25  Pirke Avot, Chapter 1, verses 6 to 11.
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(81 minutes)

Jewish wisdom from the second century.

The text being examined in this class reads as follows:

6.

Joshua ben Perachyah and Nittai the Arbelite received the Torah from them. Joshua ben Perachyah said: Provide for yourself a teacher and get yourself a friend; and judge every man towards merit.

7.

Nittai the Arbelite said: Keep far from an evil neighbor and do not associate with the wicked; and do not abandon belief in retribution.

8.

Judah ben Tabbai and Shimon ben Shetach received the Torah from them. Judah ben Tabbai said: Do not make yourself like those that present before judges. When parties to a Torah suit are standing before you they should be in your eyes as wicked men, but when they have departed from they should be in your eyes as innocent, if they have accepted the verdict.

9.

Shimon ben Shetach said: Examine the witnesses diligently and be cautious in your words lest through them they learn to falsify.

10.

Shemayah and Avtalion received the Torah from them. Shemayah said: Love work; hate domination; and seek not undue intimacy with the government.

11.

Avtalion said: Sages, be careful with your words lest you incur the penalty of exile and are called to a place where the waters of learning are impure and the disciples that come after you drink of them and die; and the Heavenly Name is consequently profaned.