The six chapters of the Ethics of the Fathers are traditionally studied
every Shabbat afternoon between Passover and Rosh Hashanah.
The Hebrew title, Perki Avot, is literally translated as "Chapters of the
Fathers". This whole work is from the Mishnah and deals with ethical
and moral principles. The reader will find each passage meaningful in
today's world, as it was in the days it was written.
Each passage has a flowing-English translation on the facing page to
help in understanding the true meaning of this work.
The Chabad Lubavitch version of the Ethics of the Fathers is also
covered. The Chabad Lubavitch version combines various verses of
Mishnah, and a cross-reference is provided so that anyone following
the Chabad version can easily find the corresponding verse in the
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Learn from the wisdom of our Fathers
All six chapters of the Ethics of the Fathers (Perki-Avot) section of the Mishnah are in HPLS
Triple-Tier format. The sample given below is the famous quote from our sage Hillel, and is from
Chapter 1 of the Ethics of the Fathers.
(on facing page)
He (Hillel) used to say:
If I am not for myself, who is for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?
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