Learn As a Child


Pirkei Avot 4:25 — Elisha ben Avuyah used to say: He who learns as a child, what is he like? He is like ink written on new paper. He who learns as an old man, what is he like? He is like ink written on blotting paper. ד,כה [כ] אלישע בן אבא אומר, הלמד תורה […]

Books on Pirkei Avot


How does one study a text? What I do is look for books about books! Ilana-Davita wrote a great introduction to Pirkei Avot, Ethics of Our Fathers. Larry Lennhoff provided a link to online study with Rabbi Simchah Roth. And to my surprise today, Little Frumhouse posted about the first mishnah of Pirkei Avot. Jewish […]

One Needs Humor


Or wit. A witty answer can be a good response to a difficult issue. For married or otherwise attached-to-a-man women: How would you respond if someone told your husband (or significant other) not to talk too much to you? Here’s the quote from Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, 1:5: 5. Yosi ben Yochanan of […]