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Pirkei Avot Project

Dear Friends,

We are so excited to be able to share the complete Pirkei Avot Project with you. This work is a communal commentary on all of Pirkei Avot, with submissions from congregants of all ages. It's truly a remarkable achievement for our community!

  • For a full version including all mishnayot, click here
  • For a more printer friendly version (without the mishnayot copied and only the commentaries), click here

-Rabbi Antine

-Rabbi Cooper




Dear Friends,

It is traditional to study Pirkei Avot on the shabbatot between Pesach and Shavuot. This year, we are hoping to engage in the study of Pirkei Avot together as a community, in a special way. 

The Beth Sholom "Pirkei Avot Project" will be an attempt to write a commentary on Pirkei Avot as a community over the next several weeks. We are asking you to choose one mishna from Pirkei Avot, and to offer your commentary/interpretation. Here are some guidelines:

  • "Commentary" is meant to be interpreted broadly. 
  • If written, your commentary can be 2-3 sentences, or 3-5 paragraphs. It probably should not exceed 500 words (though we can be somewhat flexible). 
  • You do not have to submit text as your commentary- it can be a piece of artwork or a photograph you took, etc. If your commentary is a picture or artwork, it can be submitted by taking a picture of the work with your phone. 
  • Multiple people per family can participate. Children can also participate! 
  • If you would like to co-author with a friend or family member, that's great. Or, you can submit your own. 
  • Feel free to sign up for 2 or 3 mishnayot if you'd like. 
  • If you would like assistance or inspiration in thinking about your commentary or deciding which mishnah to claim, please reach out to us. 

Most importantly, we want to hear YOUR thoughts on the mishna you have chosen. The end goal will be to collect all of the commentaries together, and publish a "communal commentary" on Pirkei Avot, authored by Beth Sholom members. 

Sat, June 6 2020 14 Sivan 5780