Maharal on Pirkei Avot
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #00: Introductory Shiur This is the first shiur regarding Derekh Chayyim, Maharal's voluminous interpretation of Avot. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #1: Perek 1, Mishna 1 The Chain of Transmission of the Torah. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #2: Perek 1, Mishna 2 Shimon Ha-tzaddik was one of the last survivors of the Great Assembly. He used to say: The world is based on three things; the Torah, serving God and active loving-kindness. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #3: Perek 1, Mishnayot 3 and 4 In Mishna 3, Antigonos of Sokho receives the tradition from Shimon Ha-tzaddik. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #4: Perek 1, Mishna 5 The Mishna reads: Yose b. Yochanan, a man of Jerusalem, says: Let your house be open widely, treat the poor as members of your household... Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #5: Perek 1, Mishnayot 6-9 These mishnayot are fairly brief, so I thought we could cover more ground than usual this week. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #6: Perek 1, Mishnayot 10-11 Shemayah and Avtalyon received from them. Shemaya says: Love labor and abhor positions of power.... Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #7: Perek 1, Mishnayot 12-13 The next pair to consider are Hillel and Shammai, probably the most famous of the zugot leaders of the Jewish people. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #8: Perek 1, mishnayot 14-15 While commentators generally see Hillel's questions in terms of Torah and mitzvot, Maharal adds a new twist to each. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #9: Perek 1, Mishnayot 16-18 Having finished the zugot, the mishna continues citing the comments of leaders of the Jewish people. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #10: Perek 2, Mishna 1 To appreciate Maharal's presentation of this mishna, we really need to first examine the mishna on our own, to see the many problems it raises. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #11: Perek 2, Mishnayot 2 and 3 Maharal here mentions that he recognizes that the mishna is really just following a chain of tradition, so that in some sense he does not need to explain why this mishna follows the one preceding. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #12: Maharal on Avot - Perek 2, Mishna 4 This mishna, which continues the sayings of Rabban Gamliel the son of Rabbi Judah the Prince begins with the words, "Hu haya omeir (He was wont to say)." Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #13: Maharal on Avot - Perek 2, Mishna 6 This mishna and the next continue the statements of Hillel. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #14: Maharal on Avot - Perek 2, Mishna 7 Maharal's count of mishnayot differs from ours, so he is actually one mishna behind our enumeration. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #15: Maharal on Avot - Perek 2, Mishna 8 Rabbi Yochanan B. Zakkai's Praises and Challenge. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #16: Maharal on Avot - Perek 2, Mishnayot 9-10 Last week, we reviewed a second version of the five students of R. Yochanan b. Zakkai (RYB"Z). Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #17: Maharal on Avot-- Perek 2, Mishnayot 11-13 The Three "Lesser" Students of R. Yochanan B. Zakkai (RYB"Z). Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #18: Maharal on Avot - Perek 2, Mishna 14 Maharal does two things in this week's mishna. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #19: Perek 2, Mishnayot 15-16 Both R. Tarfon's paragraphs discuss the same issue, the need to work assiduously at our Torah endeavors and the great reward that awaits us if we do. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #20: Maharal on Avot - Perek 3, Mishna 1 Maharal notes that Akavya's comments speak very generally and therefore deserve to be at the beginning of a chapter. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #21: Perek 3, Mishna 2 Tha Value of Government. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #22: Perek 3, Mishna 3 This is perhaps one of the more famous mishnayot in Tractate Avot. Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #23: Perek 3, Mishnayot 4-5 When you read this mishna simply, it seems to mention three different activities for which the person who does them can be considered mitchayeiv be-nafsho (causing himself liability for his life). Maharal on Pirkei Avot
Rav Gidon Rothstein Shiur #24: Perek 3, Mishna 6 This mishna deals with groupings of people by number and offers us a first chance to get a concentrated impression of Maharal's thoughts about numbers. Maharal on Pirkei Avot

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