Text size

In Pirkei Avot, Rabbi Akiva makes three interesting statements. The first is of a universal nature: “Man is beloved; thus he was created in God’s image.” Rabbi Akiva then focuses on Israel’s uniqueness, as compared with other nations: “Israel is beloved; thus, that nation is called God’s children.” He goes on to explain: “Israel is beloved; thus, God gave them a splendid, much...