Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics Leonard Kravitz

ISBN: 9780807404805

Published: November 1st 1998


126 pages


Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics  by  Leonard Kravitz

Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics by Leonard Kravitz
November 1st 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 126 pages | ISBN: 9780807404805 | 3.74 Mb

This book helped my congregational study of Pirke Avot between Passover and Shavuot. We used it, together with an ArtScroll edition and an old (1962) translation by Hereford, a Christian theologian, published by Schocken. Using multiple commentaries simultaneously helped illustrate Pirke Avot when it talks about Elu velu, these and these are both the words of the living G-d. It worked to show how our own congregation embraces diversity. What we liked most about the Kravitz/Olitzky commentary was that it helped us put the various sayings into a historical context.

For each contributor to Pirke Avot there was something about the life and times of the author. This helped our understanding tremendously. I liked the overviews on topics at the end of each chapter, which I read prior to each week. Those were harder to use in the big group but very valuable again for setting context. What was difficult was the numbering system. It did not match our main text as it appears in Siddur Sim Shalom. This fact is understandable since the numbering system was invented much later and so from time to time numbering does not agree. The most common example of that is the difference in numbering the 10 Commandments between Jews and Christians.

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