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Siyum for The Eldest Daughter and Son on the eve of Passover
Kol dif’chin yeitei v’yeichul….let all who are hungry come and eat!
At the Shacharit service on Friday, April 19, 2019 we will be holding a Siyum for the eldest sons and daughters in our families.
A siyum (Hebrew: סיום) means the completion of any unit of Torah study, or book of the Mishnah or Talmud. A siyum is usually followed by a celebratory meal, or seudat mitzvah, a meal in honour of a mitzvah, or commandment. Siyum also refers to the celebration.
Tradition holds that on the eve of Passover, because the firstborn Israelites were spared from the plague of the death of the firstborn, we mark this event in a special way. In some communities, firstborns are expected to fast on the day from sunrise to the beginning of the first seder, as a way of giving thanks.
The rabbis of the Talmud proffered that if the firstborns attend a Siyum, where they complete the study of a tractate of Talmud, followed by a seudat mitzvah (a festive meal), they are not required to fast.
Our member, Mark Goodman, will be leading us in a brief study session immediately following the service followed by a seudat mitzvah.
All are welcome including eldest children their parents, grandparents and siblings and anyone interested in performing the mitzvah of Torah study on the eve of Passover.
As Friday April 19, 2019 is a statutory holiday, the service will begin at 9.00 AM in the Herman Chapel.
All Tzedaka donated that morning will be directed to Out of The Cold.