Template:Siyum During the Nine Days

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  1. One may eat meat at a meal held for a siyum and this includes the friends and family invited to the meal.[1]
  2. A siyum can be made on a masechta of gemara, seder of mishna, or book of Tanach studied with the rishonim.[2]
  3. If a woman learns a Masechet well and makes a siyum, men may eat at the Seudat Mitzvah that follows.[3]
  4. Some say that from the 7th of Av they shouldn't serve meat at a siyum.[4]
  5. If a person missed hearing the siyum itself a rav should be consulted.[5]
  6. Some say that one shouldn't delay a siyum in order to have it during the nine days, while others allow it.[6]
    1. Chazon Ovadyah (Arba Taaniyot pg 196-8). Although the Rama Orach Chaim 551:10 writes that one should minimize the amount of guests invited to this meal, Rav Moshe Feinstein and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (cited in Nitei Gavriel 18:7), rule that if the one who completes the masechet eats in a communal dining room (such as a camp or hotel), all those who eat with him may participate. Rav Moshe Feinstein quoted in Moadei Yeshurun page 132 says that preferably one shouldn't hold a siyum of a masechet after the sixth of av. Aruch Hashulchan 551:28 says that since nowadays we do not properly celebrate the torah, preferably no siyums should be held during the nine days.
    2. Rav Eider in Halachos Of The Three Weeks p. 7
    3. She'erit Yosef vol. 2 page 56 by Rav Shlomo Wahrman
    4. Rav Moshe Feinstein (cited by Rav Eider in Halachos Of The Three Weeks p. 7) holds that after the 7th of Av they should not serve meat even at a siyum.
    5. Rav Eider in Halachos Of The Three Weeks p. 8 writes that it seems to him to be permitted to eat from the meal even if he missed hearing the siyum but he concludes that a rav should be consulted.
    6. Mishna Brurah 551:73 quotes the Eliya Rabba as forbidden to hasten or slow down one's learning in order to schedule a siyum for the nine days. He adds that if one wouldn't make a siyum if it weren't the nine days then one shouldn't make a special siyum just because it is the nine days. Kaf Hachayim on Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayim 551:161 quotes the Pitchei Olam 551:45 who brings a proof from Moed Katan 9a that it is permitted to save the last bit of learning in order to make a siyum later and the Kaf Hachayim applies it to the nine days. See Shem Aryeh. Kaf Hachayim also says that it is permitted to hasten one's learning in order to make a siyum as long as one doesn't sacrifice in understanding. Rav Shmuel Fuerst (Three Weeks and Nine Days, min 30-31) permitted delaying a siyum for the nine days.