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Valley rabbi publishes book on Pirkei Avot in the 21st century

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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:00 am

Americans spend billions on books and media in the self-improvement genre, whether on stalwarts like Tony Robbins or on more whimsical titles like the current New York Times bestseller “Girl, Wash Your Face.” Though the genre really took off in the 1930s, self-help texts have been around for much longer than that — including the section of the Mishnah called Pirkei Avot (literally: Ethics of Our Fathers).

“Unlike most texts found in the ancient Jewish literary tradition, Pirkei Avot is not a theological text in a rigid sense,” said Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, and author of a new book called “Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary.” “Instead, it’s a document of moral observations, self-help and reflections about how to live a fulfilling life.”

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