Huff Post Reports On Tomorrow’s Historic Siyum Hashas at MetLife

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gemara-learningThe Huffington Post reports:

Some books you just can’t put down.

On Aug. 1, some 90,000 Jewish men and women will attend a celebration of one such tome — the Talmud. Organizers bill the event as the largest party for Jewish learning in 2,000 years.

The Siyum HaShas is the completion of reading all six orders of the Babylonian Talmud, the compendium of Jewish oral law that was written down in the fourth and fifth centuries.

It’s no small feat: The Talmud is 2,711 pages of coded Aramaic and Hebrew legalese with no vowels or punctuation.

In 1923, a Polish rabbi, Meir Shapiro, devised a system to encourage Jews all over the world to learn the Oral Law together. Called Daf Yomi (literally, “page of the day”). The informal program takes seven and a half years to complete.

On Aug. 2, 89 years after Rabbi Shapiro started the tradition, the 12th cycle of reading will come to a close; and on Aug. 3, the 13th cycle will begin.

The Siyum HaShas will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Aug. 1, with smaller gatherings hosted elsewhere in the United States and Israel. There will be no live streaming of the event. However, live feeds will go out to more than 100 communities around the world.

HUFFINGTON POST

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6 COMMENTS

  1. “On Aug. 1, some 90,000 Jewish men and women will attend a celebration of one such tome — the Talmud.”

    Women? The Talmud is learn’t by the men only. The women are celebrating their husbands acheivement.

  2. “The Siyum HaShas is the completion of “reading” all six orders of the Babylonian Talmud, the compendium of Jewish oral law that was written down in the fourth and fifth centuries.”

    READING?? NUHR IN AMERICA!

    LEHRNEN!!!

  3. #3 – Here in America the language of the country is English. The Post was writing for a general American audience. You can’t expect people in Iowa City to speak Yiddish. Be happy that the article was positive. I realize that some rabbonim in Eastern Europe a hundred years ago forbade their students to learn the language of the country, but this is the USA in 2012.

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