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Author: Joseph H. Hertz
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Title: Sayings of the Fathers (Hebrew and English Edition)
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Publisher: Behrman House; Bilingual edition (August 1, 1995)
Pages: 128

Sayings of the Fathers (Hebrew and English Edition) by Joseph H. Hertz

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Light wear to dust jacket. ISBN13: 9780874411577. Pirke Aboth : Sayings of the Fathers. Book by Joseph H. Hertz. ISBN13:9780874411577.

Book info: Author: Charles Taylor Title: Sayings of the Jewish Fathers : comprising Pirqe Aboth and Pereq R. Meir in Hebrew and English, with critical and illustrative notes and specimen pages of the the Cambridge University manuscript of the Mishnah Jerushalmith from which the text of Aboth is taken Publisher: Cambridge, En. BC Ferries' ''Queen of the North'' runs aground on Gil Island (Canada) British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.

Books by Joseph H. Hertz, A book of Jewish thoughts, Sayings of the Fathers, A book of Jewish thoughts, selected and arranged by the chief rabbi, . Hertz, The ethical system of James Martineau, Opening address, Affirmations of Judaism, Anti-semitism, Jewish translations of the Bible in English. Jewish translations of the Bible in English. Jüdische Gedanken, und Gedanken über Judentum. The Pentateuch and Haftorahs. A decade of woe and hope. Orde Charles Wingate. Sayings Of The Fathers Or Pirke Aboth. The authorised daily prayer book.

Where Hebrew letters appeared within the English text, these have been transliterated and included in brackets. In many cases the hebrew has also been spelled out, thus:. most ancient and praiseworthy custom of reading the Pirke Abot in the house of worship on the Sabbath, during the summer months.

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Book Condition: Used book in good condition. Book shows medium/moderate amount of wear. Dust jacket is included (when applicable), and may show signs of use along the edges. Clean pages and cover (may have very limited markings). May have some wear to the spine and cover. Reading the notes and explanatory chapters is sitting at the feet of the sages; one feels like one is truly discovering the Torah for the first time.

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this has alot of ancient philosophy and helps guide one on the path to higher consciousness.
Apology to readers: after struggling to condense a LOT of information in this review, I have given up on what kept turning into a course on the literature and liturgy of post-Biblical Judaism. I refer (*) those in need of such information to the relevant Wikipedia articles. The most important of these is Pirkei Avot,* which contains useful links to other articles

Despite the 1995 date in the Amazon Book Description, this little volume, with its widely-used, but not quite accurate, title of "Sayings of the Fathers" was originally published, in hardcover, in 1945; the more recent date presumably refers to the present, paperback, re-issue. (I am writing this review using a somewhat battered copy of the older edition.)

The publisher, Behrman House, also offers a re-designed and illustrated hardcover version (which Amazon dates to 1986), including a commentary on the illustrations, and a new Foreword. This is also available from Amazon.

In the 1945 version, a Hebrew text faces the English translation, with commentary, mainly referring to the translation, running continuously below both of them. The 1986 edition has a slightly more complicated, less continuous, layout, to allow for the illustrations and their commentary.

The 1945 edition is itself excerpted from the "Authorised Daily Prayer Book" ("with Commentary and Notes") edited by Joseph H. Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, which began appearing, in parts, 1n 1941; the one-volume edition (almost 1150 pages) appeared, posthumously, in 1946, and was reprinted in the US starting in 1948. (Copies can be ordered through, but not from, Amazon.) This is an Orthodox prayer book, although the commentary is a good deal less technical than in many more recent examples.

As noted above, "Sayings of the Fathers" is a commonly-used English title for the Mishnah* tractate Avot (or Avoth, Avos, Ovos, depending the transliteration system and variety of Hebrew). "Ethics of the Fathers" is sometimes used as an alternative. Strictly speaking, the title "Pirkei Avot" means "Chapters of 'Avot,' indicating that the tractate has been excerpted from its original context. In this case, the chapters have been included in the Ashkenazi* prayer book to provide a series of readings during part of the year. (The basic custom has been traced back to the eighth century, but was not followed by all traditional Jewish communities.)

Although there are quotations from the Mishnah elsewhere in the prayer book -- allowing ordinary worshippers to claim the merit of regular study -- "Avot" is the only section included in its entirety. In fact, more than its entirety, as a sixth chapter (which also appears elsewhere) has been added to the five in the official text of the Mishnah.

"Avot" is unlike the rest of the Mishnah in that it contains no legal rulings or arguments, but instead introduces a series of (mostly) revered teachers, and their characteristic sayings ("He used to say ..."), which turn out to be exhortations to study, to the pious life. Peculiarly, but not uniquely, it even includes admonitions from a notorious apostate (although the nature of his apostasy is open to debate). The additional chapter is devoted to praise of Torah,* both in the narrow sense of the Five Books of Moses and the wider one of authentic Jewish learning.

Prayer Book commentaries have long been a popular branch of Jewish literature. Hertz's contribution to the genre is based mainly on the 1890 translation by Simeon Singer, as part of an earlier "Authorised Daily Prayer Book" (also known in American printings as the "Standard Daily Prayer Book"), including Singer's rendering of Pirkei Avot. To this he has attached a largely homiletic commentary, together with some information on the various sages mentioned. As might be expected he relies heavily on traditional sources, and repeats some identifications which he certainly knew had been challenged on substantive grounds.

This is one of my favorite Pirkei Avot commentaries (and the translation is familiar enough that it "sounds right"). However, those in search of an historical-critical commentary may want to consult R. Travers Herford's "Pirke Aboth. The Ethics of the Talmud: Sayings of the Fathers," the third (1945) edition of which was reprinted by Schocken Books in 1962, and kept in print at least through the 1970s. (It deserves reprinting; with the Hebrew text given paragraph by paragraph immediately above the translation and comments, instead of on facing pages, it should be easier to adapt to digital format.)

Another alternative to Hertz's commentary is the eclectic version in Judah Goldin's "The Living Talmud: The Wisdom of the Fathers and Its Classical Commentaries" (1957), which includes extended quotations from traditional commentaries, some by leading medieval and early modern figures, such as Maimonides,* others from comparatively obscure writers. Unfortunately, this lacks a Hebrew text. Goldin elsewhere translated the "A" Version of "The Fathers According to Rabbi Nathan," a partly parallel text included in the Babylonian Talmud.* (The "B" Version has since been translated and analyzed by Anthony J. Saldarini.)

A well-informed, if old, and misleadingly clear and systematic, study of the ideas of the sages quoted in Avot, and their colleagues, is Solomon Schechter's "Some Aspects of Rabbinic Theology" from 1909 (which I have reviewed under the title "Aspects of Rabbinic Theology"). It is a longish work, but still shorter than George Foot Moore's multi-volume "Judaism in the First Centuries of the Christian Era," or Ephraim Urbach's massive "The Sages" (1975, 1979), both of which share its schematic tendency.

Another approach to early rabbinic literature is Norman Solomon's "The Talmud: A Selection" (Penguin Classics, 2009), which is made up of well-chosen excerpts from the Mishnah* and Gemara* of the Babylonian Talmud,* with interesting an useful headnotes and footnotes, and a splendid Introduction. The volume is almost 900 pages long, but is designed as a sampler, to be read in almost any order.