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:

Many thanks to Yury's Piano Shop for hosting, and to Sergey Broude for the audio recording.

2013-05-30  Pirke Avot, from 2:2 to 2:3.
(76 minutes)


Jewish wisdom from the second century.

The text under discussion is as follows:


Rabban Gamaliel the son of Rabbi Judah the Prince said:  Great is study of the Torah when combined with a worldly occupation, for toil in them both puts sin out of mind.  All study of the Torah which is not supplemented by work is destined to prove futile and causes sin.  Let all who occupy themselves with communal affairs do so for Heaven's sake, for then the merit of their fathers sustains them and their righteousness endures forever.  And as for you, God will then say:  I count you worthy of great reward as if you had done it all yourselves.


Be careful in your relations with the government; for they draw no man close to themselves except for their own interests. They appear as friends when it is to their advantage, but they do not stand by a man in his time of stress.