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THEMES IN PIRKEI AVOT: ZOOM CLASS WITH RABBI MARC ANGEL

The Pirkei Avot is a classic Talmudic collection of ethical teachings. Please join Rabbi Marc Angel for a six-session course in which we will be discussing ancient Jewish ideas that continue to be relevant for thinking people today.

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The Yeshiva and the Academy

This article by Rabbi Hayyim Angel explores the approaches of the yeshiva and the academy to Tanakh study. We will define the yeshiva broadly to include any traditional religious Jewish setting, be it the synagogue, study hall, adult education class, seminary, or personal study. In contrast, the academy is any ostensibly neutral scholarly setting, primarily universities and colleges, which officially is not committed to a particular set of religious beliefs.

New Areas of Religious Responsibility

Ever since the dawn of history, material possessions and wealth have been seen as posing basic ethical and spiritual problems. All religions, therefore, have had to offer some perspective regarding the scope and legitimacy of economic activity. Judaism is no exception in this respect, though it differs radically from all other religions in the answers it provides to the relevant questions.