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Siyum: (lit. "completion"); the celebration held upon completing the study of a tractate of Mishnah or Talmud.
Unlike other sciences, Torah study is not about accumulating knowledge. Unlike other self-help books and religious manuals, the Torah is not only about learning “how” to observe . . .
Shining a Beacon of Mitzvah Light on Days of Darkness
The Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke of the need to shine a beacon of light on these days of darkness through participation in a siyum during each of these nine days.
Isn’t this counterintuitive? Shouldn’t we be sad during this time, not seeking out different ways to celebrate and rejoice?
20 Menachem Av, 5746 · August 25, 1986
The passing of the righteous seems to be a terrible occurrence. Yet the Torah tells us that the passing of the righteous affects salvation throughout the world and we celebrate the anniversary with a joyous gathering.
It was taught in the school of Elijah the prophet: “Anyone who studies Jewish law every day is assured a place in the World to Come, as the verse says ‘halichos olam lo’ – the ways of the world are his;’ do not read it ‘halichos – ways of the world,’ but ...
It is customary to hold a Siyum each day of the nine days, to diminish the sorrow of exile through the joy of Torah. Watch the Rebbe conclude Tractate Tamid on Rosh Chodesh Av.
At the conclusion of each of the Five Books of Moses, the congregation stands and calls out “Chazak, chazak, venitchazek!” (“Be strong, be strong, and we will be strong!”).
Every year on the 5th of Av he would complete an entire tractate of the Talmud, after which he would host a festive meal of meat and wine.
Every year on the 5th of Av he would complete an entire tractate of the Talmud, after which he would host a festive meal of meat and wine.
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