Holding up the World

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. In her study with Lois Shenker of Pirkei Avot 1:2, Rabbi Eve Posen responded to the passage with this thought:

“The world rests on the shoulders of women who have been the source of strength, spirit, and protection of our rituals and their homes.”

The authors ask: “Upon what does your world rest as an individual? Upon what does your world rest as a professional?”… Read the rest

Mitzvah to Mitzvah

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. In Pirkei Avot 4:2 we read:

. . . for one mitzvah generates another . . .

In what ways do you intentionally pursue mitzvot?… Read the rest

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.

What are some ways you use intention?… Read the rest

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