You said before that Pirkei Avos is very important to learn. So why don’t you teach Pirkei Avos here on Thursday nights instead of this lecture?
And the answer is if it was announced as a Pirkei Avos shiur, people would come here prepared to take a nice snooze. But I am teaching Pirkei Avos all the time.
I’m like the mother in the olden days. They used to give castor oil for a laxative. Plain straight castor oil. You people don’t know what it tastes like; it’s terrible. And so when the child sees castor oil, he clenches his lips together and there’s no hope of giving it to him.
So the mother starts talking to the child and tickles him under the armpit. He opens his mouth to laugh and in goes the castor oil.
And so you’re getting it all the time, only it’s flavored. Sometimes it’s flavored with other maamarei Chazal, sometimes with scientific quotations, but the purpose is Pirkei Avos. That’s what you’re getting all the time here.
If I announce that it will be Pirkei Avos, we’d have to go outside and pull in a minyan.
TAPE # 414 (August 1982)