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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Torah Classes in Audio on Pirkei Avos [Ethics of the Fathers]

Here is a growing list of online Shiurim (Torah Classes) on Pirkei Avos (Ethics of the Fathers) that will be updated as more are found. Comments are welcomed, especially if you have a listing, or a suggestion for a shiur from these lists that you would like to recommend, and they will be added to this growing list.

Pirkei Avos #1: Chapter 1, Mishnahs 1-2 - Approx. 27 Minutes
Pirkei Avos - Me'am Loez
- Link to 15 MP3 Files

Rabbi Grossman's Mishnayis Shiurim - Pirkei Avos Chapters 1-6 Links shown below:

To Listen: Chapter 1 in MP3 ----- To Download: Chapter 1 in MP3
To Listen: Chapter 2 in MP3 ----- To Download: Chapter 2 in MP3
To Listen: Chapter 3 in MP3 ----- To Download: Chapter 3 in MP3
To Listen: Chapter 4 in MP3 ----- To Download: Chapter 4 in MP3
To Listen: Chapter 5 in MP3 ----- To Download: Chapter 5 in MP3
To Listen: Chapter 6 in MP3 ----- To Download: Chapter 6 in MP3


Rabbi Eli Mansour - Selected classes shown below from Chapters 1-5
Pirkei Avot - Perek 1 Mishnah 10 - Approx. 62 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 1 Mishnah-17
- Approx. 68 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 2 Mishnah 19 - Approx. 55 Minutes [Titled as shown, but instead is a class on Shavuot]
Pirkei Avot - Perek 3 Mishnah 02 - Approx. 64 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 3 Mishnah 10 - Approx. 62 Minutes [Starting with רבי דוסא בן הרכינס]
Pirkei Avot - Perek 4 Mishnah 01 - Approx. 63 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 4 Mishnah 02 - Approx. 45 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 4 Mishnah 03
- Approx. 61 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 4 Mishnah 04 - Approx. 55 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 4 Mishnah 04 - Approx. 34 Minutes [Starting with רבי יוחנן בן ברוקא אומר]
Pirkei Avot - Perek 5 Mishnah 07 - Approx. 62 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 5 Mishnah 09 - Approx. 68 Minutes [Starting with גלות בא לאדם]
Pirkei Avot - Perek 5 Mishnah 10 - Approx. 57 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 5 Mishnah 11 - Approx. 62 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 5 Mishnah 16 - Approx. 79 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 5 Mishnah 17 - Approx. 60 Minutes
Pirkei Avot - Perek 5-Mishnah 22 - Approx. 62 Minutes


The following is from the 5th Mishna in the 6th Chapter, known as the "48 Ways". The complete listing of the 48 Ways can be viewed at this link at www.aishaudio.com
. Some of those in the list are only available for a fee. The following is a list with the description of each class as mentioned on the aishaudio website with the link to the audio file of the free classes. [Note: all links with the title name should open up with Windows Media Player.]

Click here to see the 48 Ways online in print

Way #1 - Being Aware Every Moment by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 36 Minutes

Doesn't working to become constantly aware sound like a lot of effort? Jewish consciousness understands the nature of this exercise much differently. Learning about what makes you tick is a 24-hour fascinating and energizing voyage of discovery – including all its unpredictable ups and downs. The first of this amazing series for unlocking your potential explains the five aspects of having your antennas at full mast – constantly, continuously, consistently, repetitively and pervasively. Getting enough rest, relaxation and pleasure is also part of the process - learn how.

Way #2 - Listen Effectively by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 28 Minutes
A valuable starting point in life is the skill of simply hearing what was just said or what you read. Can we pause long enough to analyze what they are trying to say? Most disagreements stem from this oversight. Hear what the Jewish tradition has to share about focusing your attention, defining your terms, and uncovering the messages within every encounter.

Way #4 - Introduce Yourself to Yourself by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 35 Minutes
Did you ever get on a train going somewhere, only to find that you are headed in the wrong direction? The same thing often happens with goals and making plans. Don't wait until you are getting to the end of the road to discover you were on "the wrong train."

Way #6 - Mastering Fearby by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 43 Minutes
Man has nothing to fear but fear itself.' Today more than ever, mankind is faced with many global frights, and a jittery uncertainty of what the future has in store. Understanding the positive value of fear helps us to marshal our focusing powers and seek clarity and initiate personal growth. The point is to use the fear for a positive end, rather than to get overwhelmed with fright.

Way #8 - Joy by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 37 Minutes
Joy makes you feel good about yourself along with an anticipation that life has great things coming your way. When you have joy you have more energy, motivation and confidence to achieve your goals that otherwise might appear way beyond your grasp. Joy is more than a random happening - learn how to make it a part of your daily experience.

Way #10 - Emulate the Wise Man by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 28 Minutes
A primary way to acquire wisdom is to seek the company of those who have it! Just as an "apprentice" learns through interaction and experience, so too we acquire wisdom from a wise man. You can read all about wisdom, but until its value is clear, we probably won't make the effort to find a wise person from whom to learn.

Way #11 - What is Real Friendship?
by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 33 Minutes
Some roads can be traveled alone, but on the long rocky road of life it's really important to have a true friend. Hear two great stories about the difference between ‘a half friend' and ‘a full friend.' Understanding what true friendship is can take a lifetime – or just 35 minutes. This is a valuable class.

Way #13 - Stop ...Think ... Act by Rabbi Noah Weinberg -
Approx. 38 Minutes
Human beings tend to lack patience when it comes to making decisions. We frequently want results - now! People may throw themselves into a certain decision - for better or for worse - just to get the decision out of the way.

Way #18 - The Use of Physical Pleasure by Rabbi Noah Weinberg -
Approx. 39 Minutes
Did you ever start munching on a bag of potato chips and within a short time find yourself at the bottom of the bag - with a tummy ache? Which potato chip was it that hit the spot - and which chip started that downhill plunge? Join Rabbi Weinberg for a discussion on one of our most favorite topics - physical pleasure.

Way #21 - Laugh at Your Troubles by Rabbi Noah Weinberg -
Approx. 35 Minutes
Even if it sounds funny, laughter has a serious role to play in attaining Wisdom for living. Rabbi Weinberg explains what laughter does, and how to engineer it to blast you beyond some of the really big hurdles in your life.

Way #22 - Conquering Frustration by Rabbi Noah Weinberg -
Approx. 37 Minutes
Imagine you just bought a fancy new sports car, and at the last light before opening it up on the highway, the car behind bumps you - but you shrug it off. He backs up and bumps you good this time. In a rage, you jump out, storm back, and open his car door ready to pulverize him. Out steps a guy 10 feet tall. "UH, Pardon me, Sir, I'll be right out of your way in a jiffy." Tap into this ancient well of wisdom to harness the power of conquering all the frustrations and anger that usually end up ruining your day.

Way #27 - Happiness by Rabbi Noah Weinberg -
Approx. 38 Minutes
Happiness is today's most sought after pleasure - and also the most elusive. What's going on? Most of us were much happier as children. And now, regardless of how much fame, power or security we have, even a minimal level of happiness seems harder and harder to attain - and maintain. Rabbi Weinberg gives us sound advice to break common unhappiness habits, regain lost optimism, and how to increase our daily energy to live a more rewarding, enjoyable life.

Way #33 - Obligations: Chains or Freedom? by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 34 Minutes
As pleasure-seekers, most people seek happiness in careers, cars, big homes and status. In our generation, many people grumble about obligations as necessary but unpleasant aggravations. Learn how to tap into this hidden source of energy.

Way #35 - How to React to Criticism by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 36 Minutes
Most people see criticism as a personal attack, triggering all kinds of defense mechanisms. The sages urge us to "love criticism." Sounds ridiculous? Big businesses pay top consultants large fees to not leave a stone unturned. To forge ahead, learn to overcome self-imposed limitations by learning to deal with criticism in a positive way.

Way #37 - How Never to Be Bored by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 35 Minutes
Do you ever catch yourself saying "I know that already... I've heard all about that before..." A person who, G-d forbid, loses his eyesight for a year and then regains it will experience boundless joy. Every sight becomes a point of focus and fascination. Surface beauty quickly loses its sparkle, but the intrinsic beauty and meaning in life should keep us riveted and growing endlessly. Within our routine lives, a new lens through which to view the world awaits.

Way #39 - Sensitivity to Others by Rabbi Noah Weinberg -
Approx. 35 Minutes
Sometimes when you are upset, another person comes along and tells you to cheer up, usually making you feel even worse. Learn how to consider other people's feelings and offer the proper responses at the proper time.

Way #40 - Make Your Help Count by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 36 Minutes
Imagine you're in a hotel, and in the next room a guy is on the ledge of the balcony and is going to jump. Do you call out and grab him, or will you stand aside and watch as the crowd yells "Jump! Jump!" If he asks you, "Why shouldn't I jump," what will you say? Learn how you can help others even when it's not so clear what needs to be done.

Way #42 - Attaining Inner Peace by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 30 Minutes
Everyone seeks inner peace. But is real peace just a lack of conflict or is it an ever-shifting balance needing constant your constant attention and adjustment? Learn why peace is a lot more than tranquility.

Way #44 - How to Analyze an Issue by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 39 Minutes
Without a few basic tools for breaking down an issue into smaller parts, a small problem can loom over us like a huge mountain. Learn how to work out physical, emotional, mental and spiritual issues of life before they end up overwhelming your ability to even try.

Way #46 - Learn and Share With Others by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 36 Minutes
Whatever you learn -- whether it be from books, lectures, or your own life experience--begin to build an awareness to realize how valuable it can be to quickly integrate the lesson by articulating it to others.

Way #49 - Organize Your Mind by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 37 Minutes
Our minds have a capacity beyond the upper limits of the best computer, but most of us have never taken the time to sort out or prioritize all of the piled-up information. A few simple rules and examples will demonstrate the depth and ability each of us has to organize our minds.

Way #50 - The Rewards of Gratitude by Rabbi Noah Weinberg - Approx. 40 Minutes
After hearing a good story or idea, why are we anxious to repeat it to others as if it was the result of our own ingenuity or cleverness? The sages say, "say it in over in the name of he who said it." Such a practice has far-reaching benefits on one's integrity and ability to grow. Find out why.

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1 Comments:

  • Dr Taylor says: I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2008 1:27 AM  

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