Rabbi Yehudah Loew, the Maharal of Prague (1512-1609), taught a metaphysical system that draws upon the Zohar and later Kabbalistic works. Using that method, his explanations are systematic, consistent and relevant. Pirkei Avos and the Maharal are a unique and thought provoking combination. His depth and brilliance provide the philosophical underpinnings of the ethical demands of Pirkei Avos/Ethics of the Fathers. With his incredible breadth and profundity, Maharal shows how all parts of the Torah are a seamless whole.
Rabbi Basser uses Derech Chaim, Maharal's commentary as his basic text. Combining the commentary and extracting its basic themes, he gives us a beautifully written work that clarifies complex ideas and opens a window into the thought world of one of Judaism's greatest figures. Readable on many levels, it is an introduction to the Maharal, and a stimulating excursion into the Torah's demands on the ethical individual.