Pirkei Avot: Insights on the Dangers of Power and Position

Insights on the Dangers of Power and Position

In the 21st century, we take for granted Jewish participation in politics. But the easy access that Jews experience in Western countries was not always possible. Nevertheless, Jews have often participated in politics out of necessity often serving in key positions of various nations and rulers. While the circumstances have changed, the concerns often remain the same.

The Sayings of the Fathers provide us with a unique but limited portal to the world of emerging rabbinic thought in the period of the late Second Temple and the subsequent era following its destruction. While the words of the Sages are largely focused on ethical and moral concerns, they also reflect the complex and changing political environments of their day and the delicate relationship existing between Jewish communities in a post exilic world dominated by foreign powers.

This short course includes 20 videos examining key Mishnayot as well as the perspectives of the Rambam, Rashi, and others on the complicated nature of Jewish involvement with secular authorities.


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Rabbi Dr. Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez
Rabbi Dr. Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez

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