Dr. Ruth Calderon, former Knesset member, delivered The Schechter Institute’s seventh annual Pirkei Avot lecture in memory of Dr. Aubey Rotenberg z”l on November 2, 2020, in Hebrew on Zoom.
Watch the lecture here:
The topic, “The Day is Short and the Task is Great: three readings about the essence of motivation in Pirkei Avot” analyzes two passages from the Mishna, Pirkei Avot, with commentaries based on three fields of interpretation: the literal, the metaphorical according to Freud’s theory of personality structure, and from the Talmudic perspective.
Dr. Aubey Rotenberg z”l (1925-2013), a physicist and computer scientist, was an active member of the Jewish community in Teaneck, NJ, where he served for many years on the scholarship committee of the Solomon Schechter Day School and as Gabbai Sheni at Beth Shalom synagogue.
He used to study Pirkei Avot every Shabbat with his father, a tradition he continued with his children. After he passed away, his children endowed in his memory an annual MA scholarship at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem and an annual lecture about Pirkei Avot.