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Ethics of our Fathers: Chapter 5 Mishna 24: Preparing our Life in this world!

“He used to say: A five year old begins Scripture; a ten year old begins Mishna; a thirteen year old becomes obliged to observe the commandments; a fifteen year old begins the study of Gemara; an eighteen year old goes to the marriage canopy; a twenty year old begins pursuit of a livelihood; a thirty year old attains full strength; a forty year old attains understanding; a fifty year old can offer counsel; a sixty ear old attains seniority; a seventy year old attains a ripe old age; an eighty year old shows strength; a ninety year old becomes stooped over; a hundred year old is as if he were dead, passed away and ceased from the world”.
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ParshasVayeshev: We are not hear for Popularity! 1

“And Yosef dreamed a dream and he told it to his brethren and they hated him yet the more” (Genesis 37:5).

If Yosef already had issues with his brothers, why did he tell them the dreams if he knew that it could potentially put his life in danger? After all, why not forego this and not tell them since it is going to increase their hatred?

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Ethics of our Fathers: Chapter 5 Mishna 23: Serving G-d Properly and not Blaming others for our Actions

“Yehudah ben Tema said: ‘Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, swift as a deer, and strong as a lion, to do the will of your Father who is in heaven. He used to say: The impudent is destined for gehinnom but the shamefaced is destined for paradise'”.

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ParshasVayishlach: Don’t budge one inch!!

“And Yaakov sent messengers before him to Esav his brother to the land of Se’ir, the country of Edom. And he commanded them saying, This you shall speak to my lord Esav: Your servant Yaakov says I have sojourned with Lavan, and stayed there until now: and I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants and women servants and I have sent to tell my lord that I may find favor in your sight” (Genesis 32:4-6).
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Ethics of our Fathers: Chapter 5 Mishna 22: Who do you want to be like, Balaam or Avraham?

“Whoever has the following three traits is among the disciples of our forefather Avraham and whoever has three different traits is among the disciples of the wicked Balaam. Those who have a good eye, a humble spirit, and a meek soul are among the disciples of our forefather Avraham.

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ParshasVayeitze: Yaakov’s struggle with Lavan and Realizing that we can only rely on G-d!

“Then Jacob became angered and he took up his grievance with Lavan; Jacob spoke up and said to Lavan, “What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have hotly pursued me? When you rummaged through all my things what did you find of all your household objects? Set it here before my kinsmen and your kinsmen and let them decide between the two of us” (Genesis 31:36-37).
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Ethics of our Fathers: Chapter 5 Mishna 21: Influencing others has Consequences!

“Whoever leads the people to righteousness, no sin shall occur through him; whoever leads the people to sins hall not be enabled to repent. Moses was righteous and let the people to righteousness, hence the merit of the people is attributed to him as it is said: ‘He performed the justice of the L-rd, and his ordinances with Israel.” Jeroboam the son of Nebat, sinned and caused others to sin, hence the sin of the people is attributed to him, as it is aid,: ‘For the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned and caused Israel to sin'”.

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Parshas Chayei Sarah: G-d runs the World!

“And it was when he had not yet finished speaking that suddenly Rivka wa coming out she who had been born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nachor, brother of Avraham with her jug upon her shoulder” (Genesis 24:15)

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Ethics of our Fathers: Chapter 5 Mishna 19: What Jewish Marriage is all About

“All love which depends on sensual attraction will pass away as soon as the sensual attraction disappears, but if it is not dependent on sensual attraction, it will never pass away. Which love was dependent on sensual attraction? The love of Amnon and Tamar. And which depended on nothing selfish? The love of David and Jonathan”
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ParshasVaera: This is where the Messiah Comes from?

“And the first born said to younger: “Our father is old, and thee is not a an in the earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth: come let us make our fahter drink wine and we will lie with him that we may preserve seed of our father”. (Genesis 19:31-32).
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