Nishmat HaTorah Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem marked their completion of Gemara Tractate Kiddushin last week with a special Siyum.
The event was dedicated to the memory of the father of one of the students, Koby Most, who read the Hadran to mark the completion of the tractate. The guest speaker Rabbi Moshe Brunner, gave a shiur on the subject of elevating the souls of the departed. This was a particularly emotional topic, since his own two young nephews – Asher Menachem and Yaakov Israel Palley – were tragically murdered in a terror attack in Jerusalem just two weeks before.
The Siyum event was an opportunity to award prizes to the students who scored the top grades in their Gemara test. It concluded with a musical performance and dancing by the students. The message of this bittersweet event was that learning Torah and celebrating the completion of a tractate can bring honor to the memory of the holy souls who are commemorated, and comfort those who mourn them.