Intention

intention

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. During her study of Pirkei Avot 3:15 with co-author Lois Shenker, Rabbi Eve Posen had this to say:

Intention matters. If you are doing the right thing for the wrong reason, you may as well not do it at all. This teaching reminds us that we must act with integrity, with truth, and with purpose when we engage in the world around us.

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Stronger Together

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 4:10.

This was a favorite teaching of his [Rabbi Yishmael]:
Do not render decisions alone; there is but One who judges alone.
Never say to your colleagues: “You must adopt my view”;
the prerogative is theirs, not yours to coerce.

Rabbi Posen responded to this teaching:

Simply put, we are better together. We are better individuals when we listen to each other and strengthen one another.

What are your thoughts on this? How does engaging others play a role in your daily living?… Read the rest

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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