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A HANDS-ON EXPLORATION OF TRACTATE YADAYIM
Siyyum for the Fast of the Firstborn
Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020
Minyan at 8 AM followed by Siyyum
To obviate the requirement for the firstborn to fast on Passover eve, there’s a time-honored tradition of all firstborn participating in a study session with someone who just happens to complete a Talmudic tractate that very morning. Because finishing a tractate partakes of a celebratory character, the firstborn may forego the fast to participate in the Siyyum the religiously mandated meal to honor the occasion. For the past several weeks, Rabbi Lubliner has been studying tractate Yadayim in anticipation of this year’s Siyyum. The subject matter of the tractate discusses the laws of ritual handwashing in Judaism (and interesting texts about how the rabbis decided which books to include in the TaNaKh, the Hebrew Bible). While this year’s Siyyum can’t take the place of handwashing for 20 seconds with soap and water to stop viral transmission, you never know when Yadayim might just come in handy!