On the Sabbath following Passover we started reciting Pirket Avot (The Ethics of the Fathers). Each Sabbath one chapter is said. Sefaradim, who recite Avot only until the Sabbath before […]

“And acquire a friend for yourself” (Avot 1:6) The commentary attributed to Rashi states that according to some, this means to acquire books.” Rabbi Isaac Kanpanton, one of the last […]

  Scholars’ views are divided when Rabbi Obadiah began working on his commentary on the Mishna. Did he start it in Italy or only after he had settled in the […]