It’s Official: Contract Signed With Met Life Stadium for 12th Siyum Hashas

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metlife-stadiumThis past Monday evening, askanim and community leaders gathered at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey, for the 12th Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi to be held at the stadium on Wednesday, 13 Av, 5772/August 1, 2012, this summer.

The contract was signed by representatives of Agudas Yisroel of America and MetLife stadium CEO Mark Lamping.

The Agudah has promoted the Daf Yomi program and organized the Siyum Hashas celebrations since it was first introduced on American shores.

With 92,000 seats, the recently constructed stadium is by far the largest single venue ever to host the national Torah gathering. The remarkable growth of the Siyum Hashas celebrations over the decades was, indeed, a running theme of Monday night’s event, reflected both in the stirring remarks delivered by the evening’s speakers and the scenes from past – and increasingly larger Siyumim – flashing on video screens throughout the reception hall.

Special guest speaker Rabbi Nosson Scherman, general editor at ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, noted that the ultimate purpose of everything in the world – including the MetLife Stadium – is to create kevod Shomayim. He illustrated his point by recounting a conversation with Thomas M. Steinberg, president of Tisch Family Interests and one of the guests at the signing event. For 12 long years, he was involved in the planning, design and construction of the new stadium, Mr. Steinberg told Rabbi Scherman, and it is only now that he understands why: so that tens of thousands of Yidden would have a place to gather for an unprecedented demonstration of kavod haTorah.

Siyum Hashas chairman Elly Kleinman, who was introduced by well-known askan Shmuel Yosef Rieder, observed how the size of each succeeding Siyum inspired thousands more around the world to join the Daf Yomi movement.

Chaired by Agudath Israel executive vice president for finance and administration Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin, who, together with a committee of dedicated baalei batim, is overseeing the Siyum preparations, the evening’s program also included remarks by community leader Shlomo Werdiger and a tour of the stadium facilities organized by Rabbi Yosef Golding.

{Shmiel Gellman-Matzav.com Newscenter}

29 COMMENTS

  1. What would happen to the world if there would not be such people who constantly worry of all the things that could happen.
    Baruch Hashen there are people like you who come up with such gevaldige insights that the Agudah committee did not even fathom that it could possibly rain on the siyum day.

  2. Never interrupt a good dream.
    Why would it rain or be 100 degrees in New Jersey in August?
    They’ll figure out why in the past it was at Madison Square Garden

  3. why do we need a big Siyam hashas–instead lets make thousands of small seudas–who needs the non–Jwish world to see us in this position not withstanding the potential kiddush Hashem–its still a concern

  4. ???? ?? ???? ???
    Why is everyone so negative? The likelihood of a consistent rain at the beginning of August is very small. you have thunderstorms but that’s usually passing and doesn’t last very long. Also regarding the temperature doesn’t really stay that hot at night either in the middle of the summer. it’s a beautiful thing and I can’t wait to attend!

  5. To all those who are asking what about rain. We'll let me ask you this, during football season the weather is freezing cold sometimes below the freezing mark, everybody comes to watch all bundled up with layers of clothing to root the home team. while all

    To all those who are asking what about rain. We’ll let me ask you this, during football season the weather is freezing cold sometimes below the freezing mark, everybody comes to watch all bundled up with layers of clothing to root the home team. While all of you are asking if the siyum should go on because of lack of good weather. Even more so people should show up to the greatest kiddush hashem klal yisroel is witnessing. It doesnt make a difference rain, snow, freezing cold this is berov hadras melech.

  6. To all those who are asking what about rain. We’ll let me ask you this, during football season the weather is freezing cold sometimes below the freezing mark, everybody comes to watch all bundled up with layers of clothing to root the home team. while all of you are asking if the siyum should go on because of lack of good weather. Even more so people should show up to the greatest kiddush hashem klal yisroel is witnessing. it doesnt make a difference rain, snow, freezing cold this is berov hadras melech.

  7. I just checked the extended weather forecast for New Jersey on August 1st 2011 and it looks like a nice day on tap with only a small chance of rain, so hopefully it’ll be a pleasant day after all.

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