Pirkei Avot is a book of the Mishnah, the Oral Torah, which takes millenia of rabbinic wisdom and condenses it into a few pages. In this series I will be unpacking that deep wisdom for you and giving it over in roughly five minute, easy to digest, segments. I will give an introduction and then explain the meaning of the text, often including the commentary of the Rambam.
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Introduction to Pirkei Avot (Chapters of the Fathers), chapter 1, section 1.
AVOT 1.1: The tradition handed down, Judaism based on tradition, not intellectual argument or mystery.
‘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).