Chapters of the Fathers — new series.

Ayin Tov
Introduction to New Series
5/11/2010

**Editor’s Note** – This is the introductory post for a new series at Gather The Jews.  A new post for this series will come out every Tuesday.

It is traditional to study the Chapters of the Fathers (“Pirkei Avot” or “Avot”) at this time of year.  Indeed, we learn from there the importance of studying Torah for its own sake:

RABBI MEIR said,

Whoever engages in Torah for its own sake merits many things; and it doesn’t end there, but it is as if the the whole world is created for this: he is called friend, beloved: loves God, loves mankind: pleases God, pleases mankind. … And they enjoy from him counsel, and sound wisdom, understanding, and strength, for it is said, Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength (Prov, viii. 14). And it gives him kingdom, and dominion, and faculty of judgment. And they reveal to him the secrets of Torah; and he is made, as it were, a spring that ceases not, and as a river that flows on increasing. …

In this blog, we examine one teaching every weekday (hopefully).

Ayin Tov is the pen name for a lawyer working for the federal government in Washington, D.C.