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In honor of the upcoming Twelfth International Siyum Hashas, which will be seen and heard live in Detroit at Berman Theater (W. Bloomﬁeld JCC), we present the following halachic debate about the essence of a Siyum.
t is well known that one who joins and participates in a Siyum, even if he was not actively involved in the learning itself, is performing an important mitzvah and is considered an integral part of the “syium party”. For instance, bechorim are supposed to fast on Erev Pesach, but are exempt from that fast if they join a siyum. Same goes for those wishing to eat meat or drink wine during the Nine Days - if you join a siyum celebration then the restriction is lifted and you may eat meat or drink wine during that meal. Question: Must those attending the siyum actually hear the Talmudic tractate being completed? Must the bechorim partake of the food at the siyum in order to permit them not to fast the rest of the day? Discussion: It has become customary for the participants to gather around the person who is concluding the tractate and pay attention as the tractate is being completed. Then food is served to the participants. If the participant did not hear the tractate being completed, or if he did not understand what was said at the siyum, or if he is a mourner who may not learn Torah during the shivah, some poskim rule that it is as if he did not participate in the siyum.1 Other poskim are more lenient.2 Some poskim recommend that such a person participate in the siyum by sharing the expense or by preparing the food, etc.3 The same difference of opinion applies to one who hears the tractate being completed but does not partake of the food being served. Some poskim rule that a minimum of approximately 2 ﬂ. oz. of food or drink4 must be consumed at the siyum meal in order for one to be considered as participating in the siyum celebration.5 Other poskim are more lenient and rule that eating at the siyum is not mandatory at all. As long as one heard the tractate being completed, one may eat at any time thereafter.6 An analysis of the above Discussion yields the following conclusion: There is a basic dispute among contemporary poskim as to which element of the siyum is the one which counts as participation at a siyum. Some reason that the main element is the completion of the tractate itself. Consequently, actually hearing and understanding what is being said is mandatory; partaking of the food is secondary. The other view holds that participation in the siyum meal is the main element of the siyum. Consequently, the primary consideration is to join in the meal. Listening to and understanding what is being said is not mandatory. It follows, therefore, that one can safely rely on either of the above two opinions. One cannot, however, rely on a combination of both views, since they contradict each other in their basic understanding of what a siyum accomplishes. One who did not hear or understand the actual siyum, must partake of the siyum meal. One who is unable to partake of the meal, must hear and understand what is being said. But one who did neither—who did not hear or understand nor partake of the meal — has not exempted himself from the fast. Obviously, in order to fulﬁll the requirements of all the poskim, one should l’chatchilah listen and understand the proceedings, and partake of the siyum meal. 1
Ben Ish Chai (1:96-25); Chazon Ovadyah, pg. 99; Rav Y.S. Elyashiv, quoted in Siddur Pesach K’hilchaso, pg. 168. For this reason, many choose a tractate which ends with agadata, which is lees complicated and can be understood even by unlearned people; Yabia Omer 1:26-8.
Rav Y.Y. Kanievsky (quoted in Teshuvos v’Hanhagos 1:300); Minchas Yitzchak 9:45; Rav M. Feinstein (quoted in Moadei Yeshurun, pg. 132). See also Pnei Baruch, pg. 463, quoting the lenient ruling of Rav Y.Y. Fisher concerning a mourner.
Minchas Yitzchak 9:45.
A koseves for solids or melo lugmov for liquids; otherwise it is not considered as if he broke his fast (see O.C. 568:1) at the time of the siyum.
Minchas Yitzchak 9:45; Chazon Ovadyah, pg. 99; Teshuvos v’Hanhagos, 1:300.
Halichos Shelomo 3:8-1; Rav Y.S. Elyashiv, quoted in Siddur Pesach K’hilchaso, pg. 168; Teshuvos Devar Yehoshua 2:81.
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man in his thirties once told me that he began his slide toward dependence on alcohol and other chemicals when he was nine years old, at his parents’ Shabbos table. There were always a lot of guests, and it was easy to drink wine unnoticed, a full bottle at each meal. Nine years old. When I asked why, he responded that it made him feel good, less sad, and helped him cope with the tension of living in a family that was so angry all the time. Angry parents, angry at each other and at their children, and drinking made him feel like an adult; his father and brothers drank much more. Over the next ten years his drinking expanded to include raiding the family’s liquor cabinet, graduating to Scotch and Bourbon, to marijuana, pills, and cocaine. When I met him he was a full blown alcoholic and cocaine addict. This is a difﬁcult topic to write about, a topic about which people have strong feelings. I’m not here to judge, this is not an angry, critical article, but I do want to raise some points to think about, and make a request of those of you who like to drink alcohol, more than a drink or two, on Shabbos or on other occasions. Please ask yourself some questions. Do I like to drink or is it a need? Is it about the way it makes me feel? Am I using it as a form of escape, or is it some type of self-medication? Is this the only way I can have fun or relax? Do I drink more, and more frequently than I used to, or than I should? Am I hurting my spouse or embarrassing my children? Also, am I conscious of the children and teens who are watching me, at a Kiddush or a Shalom Zachar, as I, and others, drink shot after shot, after shot? A twelve year old boy, taking it all in, thinking, this is what it means to be a man, perhaps wondering if he is man enough, and eager to prove, by his drinking, that he is. Am I careful of the example that I set for him, for others? And am I careful to not contribute to the glamorization of alcohol? Glamorization in the form of more and more expensive selections of Scotch, some selling for a few hundred dollars per bottle, to some going for as much as several thousand dollars. It is natural that children will want to emulate adult behavior, especially if the behavior is 20
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oshiach is born on Tisha B’Av (Talmud) Any generation in which the Temple was not built in (with) its days is considered as if it was destroyed in (with) its days. (Talmud) There is no light like the light that emanates from darkness. (Zohar) The 9th of Av is one of those days in which we allow ourselves to wallow in the misery of a brutal history and indulge in thoughts of the extended exile and our many sufferings. Admittedly, it seems ultra heavy and it is an ominous reality to meet face to face. What beneﬁt do we have from this exercise? Why follow the black and hurtful lines of history when there are so many brighter and rosier points to visit? I hope the situation never comes your way. It happened to me once and although I was woefully unprepared things happily turned out alright. What do you say to someone who is seriously contemplating ending it all? Here’s a scenario I heard about from a very clever individual: Imagine that you are sitting in a reception area in a fancy ofﬁce on the 77th ﬂoor of the Empire State Building. Suddenly the elevator opens and a gentleman with a disheveled appearance walks over to the window which he throws wide open. He backs up like he’s readying himself to take a running leap and before he does so you are able to halt him temporarily. You ask him, “Why are you about to do such a crazy and foolish thing?” He shows you a piece of paper with a list of 49 items that he begins to recite aloud; 1) Lost my job 2) Wife left me 3) Broke 4) Hungry 5) Dog died 6) Chronic incurable diseases 7) Homeless etc. That’s just the beginning of the list and any single item would be enough to drive the average man over the top. He’s got the worst situation you ever heard of or imagined. You’re ready to agree with his morbid conclusion. What can you say to him? Of course, you acknowledge his pain but you might challenge him with the following question: What if on top of all the 49 things there was also a 50th and that is that you were also completely blind? Today you tapped your way over, pressed
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hen I was a child, shopping for a kosher candy bar was a simple matter. In those days, a candy bar was only a nickel. We would carefully review the ingredients printed on the back label. If there was no gelatin in the candy, we wisely concluded that the product was unquestionable kosher. No matter that the ingredients listed polysorbates and sodium stearoyl lactylate; we had no idea what they were. They sounded too technical to be non-kosher. We simple believed, “What could be wrong with a candy bar?” Today, our innocence is gone. You can no longer purchase a candy bar for ﬁve cents, and most people know that you cannot judge a candy by its wrapper. Nonetheless, while kosher consumers today are generally more knowledgeable than years ago, many myths still prevail. “What could be wrong with….” remains a common refrain among kosher consumers.
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ou slandered in your tents and said because G-d hates us he took us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorite to destroy us.” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 1:27) In his review of Jewish history in the wilderness, Moshe admonished the Children of Israel for the episode of the Spies (Bamidbar/Numbers 13 & 14), who brought back a discouraging report and gloomy forecast of the prospect of conquering the Land of Israel. This precipitated bitter complaints from the Jewish Nation. Sforno (1) explains the masses believed that they earned G-d’s displeasure due to the indiscretions they had committed while in Egypt, especially the sin of idolatry. They admitted their past misdeeds and attributed them as the cause of their apparently hopeless situation. That they felt unworthy of Divine assistance in conquering the Land of Israel would seem to be a sign of humility. If repentance and introspection into one’s deeds are positive undertakings, why were the People of Israel so severely criticized and punished for their reaction? Rabbi Avigdor Miller (2) explains that in every situation of difﬁculty or adversity one must contemplate the real possibility that the challenge is a blessing that is soon to be realized. This generation had witnessed G-d’s great kindliness towards them and Moshe was now leading them to gain the great and fertile land of Israel. This Nation of great spiritual stature was expected to focus upon the great delight that had been foretold to them instead of mourning and worrying that their past misdemeanors would now frustrate their entitlement to Israel. A story is told of a family from London planning a vacation to Florida over 15 years ago. Given the many expenses of an international vacation, they opted for a less expedient but less expensive ﬂight. To their dismay, they learned their Air India ﬂight from London had been delayed by many hours that, aside from the inherent inconvenience, would also cause complications with the connecting ﬂight from New York. To their surprise, there were still vacant seats on the more expensive ﬂight and it was leaving in the next couple of hours. But the increased expense would so deplete their resources they would have insufﬁcient funds for their time in America. Heavy hearted, they made accommodation plans for the long wait until their ﬂight, and they watched enviously as the passengers boarded the earlier plane. A short time later the news announced a plane had exploded over Scotland minutes after its departure from London. Soon it became evident 52
that the plane that exploded above Lockerbie was the Pan Am ﬂight that was too expensive. It is a fundamental Jewish principle that the Creator of the World Who bestowed upon us the wonders and beauty of nature and Who took us to be His Nation only has beneﬁcial intentions towards us. The Torah and Prophets are replete with examples in which hopeless and frustrating situations turn out to yield the greatest beneﬁts and opportunities (see Beraishis/Genesis 29, the story of Yosef/Joseph). Obviously, in retrospect, it was ridiculous for the family in the story to have become despondent over their lack of funds for the earlier ﬂight and their subsequent long delay. However, living in the present with this G-d consciousness takes a great deal of work. Sometimes the advantageous components of situations take a long time to surface; at other times they can elude us completely. In our haste, we often jump to conclusions when we encounter challenges and difﬁculties. Our efforts yield results different than we had envisioned and our plans and goals appear frustrated. But the Jewish Nation was severely rebuked for jumping to the conclusion that G-d hated them. We must maintain the conviction that our Creator, Who throughout history has enabled our nation to survive two millennia of exile and has demonstrated His love by blessing us constantly with His benevolence, is not punishing us and certainly does not wish ill upon us. Our limited scope and perspective may, at times, make it impossible for us to logically understand why we experience certain life events. But our souls know that the myriad stories of clear Divine intervention - whether in ancient times with Yosef, or in our times with this writer’s family not ﬂying Pan Am - serve as beacons to the truth that G-d cares and is involved, and, in providing us with everything we have, He gives us only what is in our best interest. Reprinted with permission from www.Torah.org COMMUNITY LINKS
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Linking our summer table to yours... S’MORES COOKIES 11 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar, packed ½ cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 ½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup mini marshmallows 4½ - 5 oz. chocolate bar (about 3 regular sized chocolate bars), broken into pieces 1-2 packages graham crackers, broken into squares
DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 1-2 baking pans with parchment paper. Lay out graham crackers side by side on the pans as close as possible (they should be touching). In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon to combine. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with white and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixer and combine on low speed. Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight. Place 1½ tablespoons of dough on graham crackers about 1 – 1 ½ inches apart. Press down slightly with fingertips. Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven to press chocolate bar pieces on to the top. You can place as many pieces or as little as you want depending how much chocolate flavor you want. Bake for 5 – 7 more minutes or until dough is beginning to turn golden brown at the edges. Remove to a wire rack to cool. For clean cutting make sure cookies are completely cool and cut with a sharp knife.
TRADITIONAL SMORES RECIPE What You’ll Need: graham crackers marshmallows
plain chocolate bars like the Hershey’s kind
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