Join the conversation! We would love to hear your wisdom and your voices.These are supplemental questions to continue the conversation started in Pirkei Imahot. This time the question is from our study of Pirkei Avot 2:21.
You are not obliged to compete the task,
neither are you free to desist from it.
In Pirkei Imahot, author Lois Shenker shares this wisdom: “[This] has been a guiding principle for me as an individual, a mother, and a teacher. I love the fact that it is a moral imperative, clearly stated in its importance on the one hand, while on the other hand giving us permission to complete a task on our own timeline.”
What are your thoughts on this? How would you respond to the questions below?
1. Do you think most people would follow the first part of the passage without the second?
2. If so, why?
3. How could you use this passage to teach your child about taking small steps to work on a goal?