Reflections on Ethics of the Fathers 5

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Our student rabbi on placement, Iris Ferreira, is reflecting each week on a chapter of Ethics of the Fathers, which is traditionally read between the Jewish festivals of Pesach and Shavuot. You can read the chapter here. Several sayings in Chapter 5 list four categories of persons according to their temperament.[1] One saying states: “There are… Read more »

Reflections on Ethics of the Fathers 4

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Our student rabbi on placement, Iris Ferreira, is reflecting each week on a chapter of Ethics of the Fathers, which is traditionally read between the Jewish festivals of Pesach and Shavuot. You can read the chapter here. “Rabbi Eleazar ben Shammua says: Let the honour of your student be dear to you as your own,… Read more »

Reflections on Ethics of the Fathers 3

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Our student rabbi on placement, Iris Ferreira, is reflecting each week on a chapter of Ethics of the Fathers, which is traditionally read between the Jewish festivals of Pesach and Shavuot.    Our chapter begins with a paradox. The Sage Akavia ben Mehalalel states that we came from “a putrid drop” and are going to… Read more »

Reflecting on 70 years of the Jewish State

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Two previous participants in CCJ’s Jewish/Christian leadership study tours to Israel/Palestine reflect personally on Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, 70 years after the founding of the state of Israel.   Robin Moss, Director of Strategy at United Jewish Israel Appeal: Israel at 70 is colourful, complex and cacophonous. By this I mean that is a… Read more »

Reflection on Ethics of the Fathers 2

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Our student rabbi on placement, Iris Ferreira, is reflecting each week on a chapter of Ethics of the Fathers, which is traditionally read between the Jewish festivals of Pesach and Shavuot.   The second chapter of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) describes the five students of Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkay,[1] the founder of the… Read more »