Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Fathers

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Later Commentaries

Pirkei Avot inspired a vast number of commentaries. The earliest of these is Avot d'rabbi Natan, probably composed in the late third century, which is included in the so-called extra-canonical tractates of the Talmud. Beyond this, the most famous commentaries on Pirkei Avot are those written by Moses Maimonides in the twelfth century and by Simcha ben Samuel of Vitry in the eleventh century. To this day, scholars continue to produce new commentaries on Pirkei Avot and students and teachers throughout the Jewish world continuously develop new interpretations and understandings of its teachings.

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Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. She previously served as the Rabbi-in-Residence for the Jewish Funds for Justice.