Mishna 15 Tom Meyer

Part I “Make your Torah fixed” Two explanations: Have a fixed time for learning and growing each day. The key thing is not the length of time – but that it is fixed. Otherwise you may not get around to it. Make Torah a fixed thing in

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Mishna 14 Tom Meyer

Part I “If I am not for myself who will be for me” This is a very famous Mishna, usually some of them have heard it. This Mishna separates the men from the boys. Recognize that the buck stops with you . . . it’s your free

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Mishna 13 Tom Meyer

PART I “Nagid shmoh ovad shmei “ If you seek a great reputation – you lose your reputation. You don’t respect someone you feel is trying to get your respect. See the immorality in this . . . he doesn’t want to help people, he wants power

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Mishna 12 Tom Meyer

The last Mishna told us to beware of dangerous leaders because they lead us to dangerous situations and dangerous places. Take a look at the world right now and see that it’s pretty insane – ready to blow itself up. This Mishna answers the questions “How do

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Mishna 11 Mordechai Rottman

Mishna Avtalion says: Scholars! Be very careful about your choice of words when you are teaching. If not, you may come to phrase a particular concept in a way which can lead to misinterpretation and your students will misunderstand what you have said, bringing upon themselves misfortune,

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Mishna 11 Tom Meyer

Last class, we examined occupations, what your attitude should be and how using your job improperly can be dangerous and destructive. What kind of occupation has the greatest potential of having an effect in the world in the long run, of being a significant influence? Teachers, philosophers,

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Mishna 10 Mordechai Rottman

Mishna Shmaya and Avtalion received the Torah from them, (the sages mentioned previously). Shmaya says, “Love labor, detest appointments of power, and do not make yourself known to the government.” Synopsis In this Mishna, Shmaya is speaking about the Torah’s attitude toward different types of professions. Shmaya

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Mishna 10 Tom Meyer

We have all heard about the Protestant Work Ethic and that it’s unfortunate that we no longer have it. Let’s talk a little history. When did we see the work ethic in full force? 1940’s & 1950’s (Ask) What was it like then in society? Stability, productivity,

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Mishna 9 Tom Meyer

We’ve decided we want to be judges not lawyers. How do you become a judge? By collecting facts / Being objective. PART I (Show Mishna) – “Check witnesses carefully.“ A judge checks very carefully. On a level of decision-making, how does this Mishna work? You are the

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Mishna 8 Tom Meyer

Our next Mishna tells us about a justice system. PART I (Show them the Mishna) – Basically, this says be a judge, not a lawyer. (Ask them why?) Lawyer is looking for evidence to back up his vested interest. So, you’re against the American justice system? Lawyers

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Mishna 7 Mordechai Rottman

Mishna: Nitai from Arbel says: “Keep far away from bad neighbors, do not befriend a bad person, and do not think that acts of evil will remain unjudged. Synopsis: While associating with good people brings us closer to our Creator, association with negative people does the opposite.

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Mishna 7 Tom Meyer

We’ve been talking about desirable relationships. What about undesirable relationships? We are used to saying “Give everyone their own space, whatever people are into is all right, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone . . . But, you do not want your daughter to grow up

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Mishna 6 Mordechai Rottman

Mishna: R. Yehoshuaya son of Perachya and Nitai from Arbel received the Torah from them. (The earlier sages mentioned in the previous Mishna) R. Yehoshuaya son of Perachya says, attain a rabbi (teacher) for yourself, acquire a friend for yourself, and judge each man favorably. Synopsis: Connecting

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Mishna 6 Tom Meyer

We’ve been talking about relationships inside the home – what about relationships outside the home? Show Mishna. PART I First let’s define what we’re talking about: Rav – has the root of Rov which means to multiply. What does a Rav multiply? Wisdom. Assay – Make yourself a

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Mishna 5 Tom Meyer

We just showed how to make your family strong as a unit unto itself, BUT we were looking for a solution to societal problems… How can this family unit affect society? How can this family unit now be responsible to society? They answer… You need an active

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Mishna 4 Yaakov Couzens

Mishna: “Yossi the son of Yoezer and Yossi the son of Yochanan received the Torah from them. (The earlier scholars previously mentioned) “Yossi the son of Yoezer used to say: Let your home be a place of gathering for the sages. Study their wisdom dynamically but with

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