Matthew Miller of Koren Publishers states that the goal for the Koren Pirkei Avot is to fulfill the teaching, “It is not for you to complete the task, but neither are you free to stand aside from it” for the curious, thoughtful student. The translation provided by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and the commentary of Rabbi Marc D. Angel create a holistic approach to the text and encourage the reader to strive for a truthful and uniquely spiritual life. The structure is designed to provide original insights to the reader who is familiar with the text, and at the same time provide explanations of the sages’ personalities and the time periods in which they served to give the unfamiliar reader a clearer understanding of the teachings. Rabbi Sacks’s concise translation is true to Pirkei Avot’s straightforward presentation and Rabbi Angel’s commentary, which includes contemporary creatives, scientists, and philosophers as sources, bring a new sense of connection to the teachings for the modern reader. It is evident that Rabbi Angel has internalized the text deeply. He does not shy away from questioning the motives behind the teachings, yet he compassionately crafts answers that encourage us to try to understand the sages and their personal challenges. What makes this version of Pirkei Avot unique is a recurring reminder to the reader to honor the teachings of the sages, yet balance those teachings with an honest personal understanding. In response to the teaching “Let your house be a meeting place for sages; sit in the dust at their feet, and with thirst, drink in their words,” Rabbi Angel explains that “The Talmudic tradition, too, fosters a spirit of questioning, analysis, and careful reasoning. While students must listen attentively to the words of their teachers, they must never surrender their own intellectual freedom in the process.” This empowering explanation gives as much responsibility to the reader as to the two great leaders who collaborated on this version of Pirkei Avot, to continue the chain of creating new and exciting approaches to our tradition.