February 3rd, 2022 - March 3rd, 2022, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The recording of session #1 is at: https://youtu.be/M7sNl90Pgw8 .
The recording of session #2 is at: https://youtu.be/Wfj3RPQZpAc
The recording of session #3 is at: https://youtu.be/LSc3vo-Xa6c
The recording of session #4 is at: https://youtu.be/NHwc6I26aKU
Transcripts of the sessions are at: 22W2 Pirkei Avos – Pathways to Life – Google Drive
Information about the DC chapter of MEOR is at www.meordconline.org and a video about MEOR DC is at https://youtu.be/NAKNBnwGsF0. Rabbi Edelstein’s podcasts can be found at https://feeds.captivate.fm/rabbi-e-in-3,
Pirkei Avos (Chapters of the Fathers), a famous and widely studied six-chapter volume of Jewish ethical and philosophical wisdom, focuses not on legalistic details of the commandments but rather on foundational principles to guide the reader to a righteous life. The first of the four sessions will begin with a short overview. It and the remaining sessions will be devoted to learning and discussing many of the Perkei Avos’s teachings. The topics we discuss may include the three spiritual pillars, judging oneself and others favorably, proper intentionality in one’s prayers and actions, the spiritual power of Torah study, and the relationship of this world to the world beyond. Attendees will be encouraged to share their questions and insights.
A copy of Pirkei Avos can be found at Pirkei Avot | Sefaria.
Rabbi Yosef Edelstein, our teacher for this course, has been a specialist in Jewish education and outreach for nearly 30 years. He currently is the Director of the DC branch of MEOR, a national Jewish organization that focuses on educating and inspiring university students through a connection to Jewish learning. He also hosts the podcast “Rabbi E in 3–A Short Burst of Jewish Wisdom.” He and his wife have four children and one grandson and live in Silver Spring, MD. Before becoming a Jewish educator, Rabbi Edelstein earned a degree, cum laude, in English literature from Harvard College. He soon, however, began exploring his Jewish heritage more deeply. This led him to study in traditional yeshivot (schools of Jewish learning) in Jerusalem and New York.