Sunday, August 01, 2004

Hadran alach Masechet Taanit v'hadrach alan

As the sidebar indicates, today, God willing, my chavruta and I complete Masechet Taanit. The siyyum will be held this evening to mark a family yahrzeit.

Upon "finishing" a volume of the Talmud, it becomes painfully clear how much more remains to be understood, how much value there would be in starting it from the beginning again. We really do appreciate the words of the "Hadran" recited at the siyyum: May we return to you, Masechet Taanit, and may you return to us.

(Instead, though, we will be starting Masechet Brachot next.)

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