Taught By: Rabbi Elan Adler

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"Chapters of the Fathers" transliterated from Hebrew as "Pirkei Avot" is often referred to in Jewish life by its other name "Ethics of Our Fathers". 

Capturing the most famous sayings passed down from the time of Moses, this is one of the best-known Jewish texts worldwide. It reveals how the early Jewish fathers applied the newly written Torah to their lives, advice that Jews still widely use today.

Wonder how Jewish family life still thrives in the 21st century? Look no further. Wonder how Jews first learned how to reason from their Hebrew scriptures? Look no further. Simply put, this course will teach you more than just how to "think like a Jew," it will teach you how to "think like a Jew in your own home." That's the difference between academic knowledge, and practical wisdom.

Experience Rabbi Elan Adler's winsome, compelling style first-hand as he introduces  himself, and then introduces to you this foundational text of Jewish life, and then find yourself eagerly anticipating the arrival of each week's surprisingly refreshing lesson.

Lessons

Below is a list of lessons currently recorded on this channel. Click on any lesson to go to its page.

Lesson Link Length
1 Chapters of the Fathers - Meet Rabbi Elan Adler 21:11
2 Chapters of the Fathers - Introduction 13:09
3 Chapters of the Fathers - Moses and Sinai 12:04
4 Chapters of the Fathers - Giving Over the Torah 13:19
5 Chapters of the Fathers - Finishing the First Mishnah 16:55
6 Chapters of the Fathers - Shimon the Righteous - On What the World Stands 11:26
7 Chapters of the Fathers - Antignos of Socho - Serving God Unconditionally 15:04
8 Chapters of the Fathers - Yosi Ben Yoezer - Your House a Meeting Place 13:29
9 Chapters of the Fathers - Yosi Ben Yoezer - Your House a Meeting Place 2 14:48
10 Chapters of the Fathers - Yosi Ben Yochanan - Your House Open to the Poor 12:08
11 Chapters of the Fathers - Yosi Ben Yochanan - Speaking with Women 10:07
12 Chapters of the Fathers - Yosi Ben Yochanan - Speaking with Women 2 10:52
13 Chapters of the Fathers - Yosi Ben Yochanan - Speaking with Women 3 11:54
14 Chapters of the Fathers - Teachers and Mentors 12:29
15 Chapters of the Fathers - Buy Yourself a Friend 13:24
16 Chapters of the Fathers - Judging Towards Merit 12:40
17 Chapters of the Fathers - Judging Favorably 13:01
18 Chapters of the Fathers - Aaron Loved and Pursued Peace 1 11:31
19 Chapters of the Fathers - Aaron Loved and Pursued Peace 2 12:43
20 Chapters of the Fathers - Hillel 1 - Who is for me if not me? 13:27
21 Chapters of the Fathers - Hillel 2 Lifes Balance and if not now, when? 13:15
22 Chapters of the Fathers - Shammai- Say little and do much 12:32
23 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishna15- Shammai and fixed Torah study 12:29
24 Chapters of the Fathers - Shammai- Greet All People Cheerfully 12:24
25 Chapters of the Fathers - Shimon- The Value of Silence 12:36
26 Chapters of the Fathers - The Value of Silence Part 2 11:49
27 Chapters of the Fathers - The Value of Silence Part 3 12:35
28 Chapters of the Fathers - Not study but action 10:33
29 Chapters of the Fathers - Excessive talking can lead to sin 12:46
30 Chapters of the Fathers - World on 3 pillars: Justice 12:56
31 Chapters of the Fathers - World on 3 pillars: truth and peace 12:39
32 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: Free will or Pre-Destined? 12:09
33 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: How to make a decision 12:31
34 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: Which commandments should we fulfill? 12:05
35 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: remedial effects of doing the commandments 11:51
36 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: 3 things that repel sin 12:07
37 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: an eye that sees all 12:24
38 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: the challenge- a fading consciousness 11:27
39 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: all our deeds are recorded- yikes! 12:42
40 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 2: Torah combined with making a living 13:05
41 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 1: Immediate gratification vs eternal conseque 12:22
42 Chapters of the Fathers - Study or work- which is more important? 11:51
43 Chapters of the Fathers - Mishnah 2: Volunteering for the right reasons 12:36
44 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2 Mishnah 2- The merit of our Ancestors will protec 12:40
45 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2 mishnah 2- Beware of government officials 11:41
46 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 2- Government officials? Have respectful 12:34
47 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2 mishnah 5- Don't separate yourself from the commu 11:19
48 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2 mishnah 5- Communal needs are calling YOU 11:33
49 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2 mishnah 5- Be on guard to temptation 11:04
50 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 5- The lure of the evil inclination with 10:31
51 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 2- Is there value in being tested? 12:07
52 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 2- Dont judge until you are in their sho 11:19
53 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 2- Home behavior is different from outsi 11:40
54 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 2- Speak clearly and no telling secrets! 11:28
55 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 2- Carpe Diem! Seize the moment! 10:33
56 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 2- NOW is the time for change! 11:43
57 Chapters of the Fathers - Ch 2, mishnah 5- wrapping up 5 critical teachings of H 11:33