Use this Shabbat and the Sh’loshet Y’mei Hagbalah, the three days that follow before Shavuot to learn more about and to delve into the wisdom of the Sages by visiting NJOP’s Shavuot resource pages.

Chapter Six of Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers that will be studied this Shabbat around the world, is replete with wonderful adages highlighting the exalted place for those who study Torah and make it a part of their lives. Here a short excerpt from the first Mishna in this chapter: “Rabbi Meir said: Whoever occupies himself with the Torah for its own sake, merits many things; not only that but he is worth the whole world. He is called beloved friend; one that loves God; one that loves humankind; one that gladdens God; one that gladdens humankind. And the Torah clothes him in humility and reverence, and equips him to be righteous, pious, upright and trustworthy; it keeps him far from sin and brings him near to merit.”

In order to enjoy an especially uplifting Shabbat, please consider printing out the 6th chapter of Pirkei Avot on Friday afternoon if you plan to read them on Shabbat.