Each year, the 9 Days provides us with a time for somber reflection and mourning the loss of the Bais Hamikdash. It is obviously a very serious time, when we must look inwards at our wayward ways and commit to doing better so that next year, Tisha B’av will be a day of celebration.
However, I find it difficult to truly sit down and think about the Churban during the 9 Days because of the incredible amount of places I have to be. You see, besides for my regular schedule, I also have to attend dozens of siyumim being made by friends who make a siyum (or two, or three) during the 9 Days.
I’m not sure how it works out like this, but my friends only make their siyumim in this time period. Perhaps it’s because the summer gives them some extra time to finish a mesechta, who knows. Regardles, I find myself lurching from one party to the next. At times, I find myself stuck – how do I make it to Reuven’s siyum when I also have Shimon’s and Levi’s to get to, and they’re all called for the same time? Furthermore, I have to eat at each one, so besides being stretched thin for time, my pants are stretched too. By the time I’m done each evening, I have so much meat in my gullet that a heavy dose of antacids is warranted, adding to my discomfort.
This has resulted in not only every minute of my time being consumed by my consumption, but also by doctor’s visits to deal with the cholesterol surge and to request a prescription for WeGovy so I can fit back into my pants after Tisha B’Av.
If anyone has any advice on how to attend all these siyumim while also keeping their schedules relatively intact, and also mourning the Churban at the same time, please let me know.
A poshite yid
P.S. While written lightheartedly, I hope everyone reading this gets my very serious point.
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