Jul 9, 2018
What Makes this Podcast Different from the Others in This
I am very proud to announce here that I've started a video
series exploring 'Pirkei Avot' ('The Chapters of the Fathers'). You
can find the videos HERE. But for
those of you who, like me, prefer audio-only I will be releasing
the episodes in this feed as well. This podcast episode includes
the audio from the first three videos strung together one after the
Thanks to the positive feedback I've received for including my
production notes with podcast episodes I'm going to make that a
regular feature. Here you go. Enjoy!
Chapter 1, Mishnah 1
The tradition handed down, Judaism based on tradition, not
'Be Measured in Judgment': RAMBAM take your time making
decisions until you can really understand them deeply.
'Keep many students': meaning obvious
'Make a fence for the Torah': RAMBAM the rulings and laws that
will keep a person far from transgression, as it says in the Torah
'and you shall guard my guarding' (u'shmartem mishmarti).
Chapter 1, Mishnah 2
"Shimon the Righteous was from the remnants of the Great
Assembly. He would say, 'On three things the world stands: on the
Torah, on the [divine] service and on acts of
Shimon Hatzadik was the last survivor of the first temple
period, lived into the period of the Second Temple.
'World stands on Torah': RAMBAM this is wisdom
'Avodah': RAMBAM The sacrifices in the Temple which fix the
world and maintain it's existence
'Acts of loving kindness': RAMBAM good character traits
Chapter 1, Mishnah 3
"Antigonos, man of Sokho, received from Shimon the Righteous.
He would say, 'Do not be as servants who are serving the master in
order to receive a reward, rather be as servants who are serving
the master not in order to receive a reward; and may the fear of
Heaven be upon you.'"
Antigonus is a Greek name, shows us we have entered the Greek
EITAN NOTE: As opposed to Greek way of seeing gods as
functional. Put in a coin, get a result.
RAMBAM: do it in the way of kindness, in the way a father may
ask a small child or his wife, etc., to do him a favor and he gives
him a few coins. He gets a reward, but he did the act out of love.
BUT don't forget awe/fear entirely, thus the last line, because
this is also necessary as the Torah commands it specifically "the
lord your G-d you shall 'fear/hold in awe.'" Out of love we will do
what requested, but only awe/fear will prevent us from performing a