Dates: Wednesdays 11/8, 12/6, 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9, & 6/6.
Time: 7:30 PM–9 PM.
Faculty: Rabbi Marjorie Berman.
Pirke Avot is often referred to as “The Sayings of the Fathers,” but an alternative translation is “A Statement of Principles.” It is a compilation of aphorisms and maxims attributed to the rabbis of the Mishnah, and its wide-ranging topics cover the ethics of everyday interactions, how to conduct a life of service, the significance of fair judgment, the importance of humility, the relationship between God and humanity, and more. Many of the best-known Jewish quotes are found in its pages, such as Hillel’s “If I am not for myself, who will be for me…” or “You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”
Using this central Jewish text, we will explore how to create lives of meaning and service, how to become more aware and present to our daily experiences, and how to find a greater sense of holiness in the everyday. We will meet one Wednesday each month, beginning in October. There is no charge for this course.