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Can you recommend any good books on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers)?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Literally thousands of books have been written, explaining the timeless wisdom of Pirkei Avot. The following two books offer the Chassidic perspective:


Beyond the Letter of the Law, by Yanki Tauber, a collection of wonderfully written essays on Pirkei Avot, published by the Meaningful Life Center.


In the Paths of our Fathers, by Eliyahu Touger, insights into Pirkei Avot adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, is available from Sichos in English (718-778-5436), or can be studied on-line.


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Chassidic
(Pl.: Chassidim; Adj.: Chassidic) A follower of the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the founder of "Chassidut." Chassidut emphasizes serving G-d with sincerity and joy, and the importance of connecting to a Rebbe (saintly mentor).
Rebbe
A Chassidic master. A saintly person who inspires followers to increase their spiritual awareness.
Lubavitcher
One who follows the teachings of the Chassidic group which was formerly based in the Belarus village of Lubavitch. Today, the movement is based in Brooklyn, New York with branches worldwide. The Lubavitch movement is also widely known as "Chabad."
Avot
"Ethics of our Fathers." A tractate of the Mishna (original rendition of the Oral Law) which discusses Jewish ethics and piety.