Pirke Avot: Timeless Wisdom for Modern Life by William BerksonPirke Avot: Timeless Wisdom for Modern Life by William Berkson

Pirke Avot: Timeless Wisdom for Modern Life

byWilliam Berkson

Paperback | October 12, 2010

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The great Jewish ethical tradition through a contemporary lens

In this new edition of the well-known Jewish classic, Berkson helps us see that Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) is more than just a fundamental religious text; it is also a compelling, contemporary ethical guide.

Berkson looks at the individual sayings, or mishnayot, through the interpretations of the great Jewish commentators and also within the broader context of Western thought—through views found in the Bible, the ancient Greeks, the Enlightenment, Buddhism, Confucianism, and American culture today.

The book’s most important and innovative feature is its exploration of the relationship between the beliefs of the ancient Sages and modern psychology, particularly the key to good relationships: ethical conduct. The result is a book that goes far beyond the plain meaning of the sayings to explore their ethical, psychological, and religious significance for us today.

Included are an extensive index and the full text of Pirke Avot in English and Hebrew on facing pages.

Title:Pirke Avot: Timeless Wisdom for Modern LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.99 × 0.59 inPublished:October 12, 2010Publisher:The Jewish Publication SocietyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0827609175

ISBN - 13:9780827609174


Editorial Reviews

"Berkson's new Pirke Avot is fascinating and fun to read at the same time. It is perfect for personal use or as a way to encourage family discussions around the Sabbat table."—Jewish Book World
- Jewish Book World