Persistence

persistence

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?

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Creating Balance

balance

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 3:21 (found on page 54 of Pirkei Imahot).

  1. What areas in your life challenge you with regard to balance?
  2. What practices can you use to create balance in your life?
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Greeting Others

Greeting Others

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 3:16 (found on page 52 of Pirkei Imahot).

Greet every person with a cheerful manner.

In what ways do you greet others?… Read the rest

Acquiring Torah

Acquiring Torah

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 2:8 (on page 34 of our book).

More Torah, more life.

What can you do to acquire Torah?… Read the rest

Setting Priorities

setting-priorities

Join the conversation! We would love to hear your wisdom and your voices. We have supplemental questions to continue the conversation started in Pirkei Imahot. The first question is from our study of Pirkei Avot 2:20 (on page 42 of our book).

How can you prioritize your time when “the day is short [and] the task is great”?… Read the rest