Ethics of the Fathers
“Ethics of the Fathers,” called, in Hebrew, Pirkei Avot and more properly translated as “Chapters of the Fathers,” is known as “Ethics of the Fathers” because of its content – a collection of laws, aphorisms, and guides to ethical behavior – wisdom literature that is over 2,000 years old. It asks and tries to explain what makes a good person and how to get along with family members, teachers, and the neighbors. Pirkei Avot is concerned with down-to-earth, hands-on, practical living – like an early self-help book.
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