Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pirkei Avos

Today we just finished pirkei avos, in time for Shavuous.
The chabad (and maybe others, as well) custom is to continue saying for a long time... throughout the summer until Rosh Hashana.
One of the reasons is that in the summer months, the yetzer hara is stronger, and depending on where you live, goyim are more pritzus-dikeh in their mode of dress and conduct.
For this reason, there is a joke/saying about Los Angeles (I think maybe it was Rabbi Shapiro who made it up) that we have to say Pirkei Avos here the whole year.