Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics (Modern Commentary On) (English, Hebrew and Hebrew Edition)

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Rabbis, educators, and longtime colleagues, Kerry M. Olitzky and Leonard S. Kravitz have together produced a series of modern commentaries on fundamental Jewish texts. Each of these editions features a line-by-line translation coupled with the original text and commentary, breathing new life into traditional rabbinic readings. Each also contains essays and gleanings that draw upon the works of other scholars to better enhance the reader’s understanding of the subject. This series is a wonderful addition to your Jewish library, whether you are approaching the texts for the first time or the hundredth time. It is suited for both individual reflection and class study.

This edition of Pirke Avot presents a fresh, new approach to a Jewish classic. Along with traditional commentaries from Rashi and Maimonides, readers encounter the wisdom of Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Lawrence Kushner, Anne Roiphe, Judith Plaskow, Maurice Eisendrath, and many others.

Other works in the Kravitz and Olitzky modern commentary series:

- Shemonah Perakim: A Treatise on the Soul

- Kohelet: A Modern Commentary on Ecclesiastes

- Mishlei: A Modern Commentary on Proverbs

- Shir HaShirim: A Modern Commentary on the Song of Songs

- Ruth: A Modern Commentary

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About the Author:

Kerry M. Olitzky, D.H.L., is the executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute. Dr. Olitzky was ordained a rabbi by Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, where he served the faculty and administration for fifteen years. In addition to the books he has co-authored with Dr. Kravitz, he is the author of numerous other books.

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The Song of Songs, known in Hebrew as Shir HaShirim gained importance as a sacred text because of its various interpretations rather than its plain meaning. The book is a collection of erotic love poetry whose sexual images are somewhat softened only by the amount of time that has passed between the compilation of the book and our day. It is a dialogue between two lovers that is marked by love songs, poetic dialogues, and monologues. Some just call it a love poem—or a series of love poems—that champions the physical expression of that love. The lovers who are the main characters in this book express their physical yearnings in frank terms and graphic sexual images, even as they communicate their more profound and enduring love for one another. Their love deepens their appreciation for the beautiful landscape that provides a context for their relationship and is, as well, exquisitely described. As a result, some of the most exceptional poetry in the Bible is contained in the Song of Songs. The transformation from love poetry to Holy Scripture (Kitvei HaKodesh) reflects both cultural development and a concomitant shifting of values.

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