Insights in Pirkei Avot: Which World is Greater?

Which world is preferable: this world or the next? R. Yaakov’s first quote grnats primacy to the World to Come while viewing this world as preparatory. However, his subsequent quotation presents a more ambivalent portrait with each world containing different advantages.

Rabbenu Yonah explains the advantage of this world as follows: “During a short moment of this world, a person can merit the World to Come”.  Note that he retains an otherworldly emphasis, contending that this world’s advantage lies in its ability to provide entrance to the next world.


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