Things Judaism has Taught Me about Life

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(7) Anonymous, January 30, 2019 4:20 PM

Pirkei Avot in another form

This is Prikei Avot in another more modern form (with some additions). Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks never disappoints. His knowledge is immense and the stature of his eloquence is among the finest orators. If he appears near you for a live presentation, please be sure to attend. You will be captivated and walk away with his insight.

(6) Marcia, January 28, 2019 5:02 PM

Thank you!

Thank you, Rabbi Sachs and Aish, for sharing this wise, thought-provoking video. I'm saving it to replay when I become discouraged.

(5) Anonymous, January 28, 2019 4:15 AM

Rabbi Sacks' comment on TV and computer games

I am 78 years old and widowed. I do not drive so wherever I go I have to take public transport or sometimes get a ride. I do my own shopping. I attend shiurim on a number of days each week, play bridge at a bridge club, attend exercise classes, attend medical appointments (have very poor eyesight), volunteer at my shul, see my family, particularly my grandchildren over the weekend. I go to Shul every shabbat and all chagim. I live alone and relax by watching TV, go on to the computer, play games on the computer and enjoy my relaxation. I would go insane if I did not have this type of relaxation to keep me busy alone at home. Rabbi Sacks is married, drives around in his own car (or is driven around), can get around as much as he wants to, is very much younger than me, is not widowed or has certain incapacities as I have so maybe he should think before he speaks to tell elderly people how to live their lives. I have a number of friends who also live alone and live a similar life to mine and would go stark staring mad if we did not have our computers and TVs. I'd be more than happy to chat with Dr Sacks on that score. I live in Canada and if he cares to email me at my email address, I will certainly let him know a thing or two, respectfully, of course.

Anonymous, January 28, 2019 12:45 PM

120 healthy and happy! I don’t think that part of the lesson was meant for you :)
May you continue to do such gorgeous things each day, it sounds wonderful!
Keep going and keep well!!

Alan S., February 2, 2019 9:43 PM

Not every comment applies to everyone in every situation.

Rabbi Sacks of course realizes that you are likely watching this video on a computer. He is not referring to quality programming as a waste of your time. I do not speak for him, but the Rabbi is likely referencing the garbage programming that can be found on TV or computers. I am also sure that the Rabbi knows that certain programming found on TV and computers can be considered 'relaxing'. Don't take these generalities so personally.

(4) Paul Staman, January 28, 2019 1:10 AM

Love Rabbi's comments

Want printed words of Rabbi so that can keep copy in front of me and I can share with others

Dvirah, April 9, 2019 3:20 PM

Source of the Rabbi's Words

Look in Pirkei Avot - usually translated as Ethics of the Sages - from which most of the content was taken. You can find a copy in the original Hebrew or in/with translation in a Jewish book store. Yasher Ko'ach!

(3) Keith, UK, January 27, 2019 9:19 PM


Thank you Rabbi.. Totally right throughout.. Now to do our best to live by it.. Not easy sometimes.. Ah, but at those times, with G-d-s help, it becomes not quite so difficult!.. :)

(2) Anonymous, January 27, 2019 4:59 PM

Terrific. Allot to live up to but so worth it.

(1) Maria Dodoc, January 27, 2019 11:54 AM

Thank You!


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