How Do You Say "Pirkey Avot" in English? https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2017/01/how-do-you-say-pirkey-avot-in-english/

The title of the Mishnaic tractate is commonly translated as “The Ethics of the Fathers.” But how did it get that name? And could “fathers” actually mean “principles,” and “ethics” mean “sayings”?

January 25, 2017 | Philologos
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From a medieval manuscript of Maimonides’ commentary on the Mishnaic tractate Pirkey Avot. Library of Congress.
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