The fifth day of Elul, 5770 (August 15th, 2010) was a day of rejoicing worldwide among lomdei Daf Yomi, who marked the completion of Maseches Shavuos in the 12th cycle of “the Daf.” Since the completion of maseches Kesubos in the current Daf Yomi cycle, the Daf Yomi Commission of Agudath Israel has been arranging and broadcasting special shiurim across the nation to mark the completion of each masechta.The recent 10th Nationwide Shiur, which originated at the Agudath Israel of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, was broadcast live to lomdim across the United States and Canada.
Under the aegis of the Daf Plus program, Agudath Israel’s Daf Yomi Commission arranged for the shiur to be delivered by one of the country’s most eminent halachic authorities, Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, shlit”a, Rav of Agudas Yisroel of Baltimore. The proceedings began with the Hadran, recited by Rabbi Yochanan Stengel, a local Daf Yomi Maggid Shiur and Menahel of Baltimore’s Bnos Yisroel High School.
The topic of this nationwide shiur was: Shevuas Heses — Insight Into its Origins and Applications,” and was based on the Gemara in Shavuos 40b. Rabbi Heinemann delivered an in-depth discourse that provided his listeners with a clear understanding of the concept and the parameters of Shavuas Heses.
Agudath Israel’s Daf Yomi Commission now has a 24-hour Daf Yomi helpline – 1.212.444.1DAF – which can be used to access nationwide siyum masechta shiurim or to access one of a panel of talmidei chachamim to answer short, precise questions related to the Daf. The Daf Yomi Commission is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Elly and Brochie Kleinman in memory of their fathers.
Mr. Dovid Hess, vice president of Agudas Yisroel in Baltimore, commented, “It was a special honor for our community to be chosen to host this nationwide shiur. We anticipate with excitement future programs offered by the Agudah’s Daf Yomi Commission to enhance our limud haDaf.”
For his part, Rabbi Eliyahu Simcha Bamberger, the Daf Yomi coordinator for Agudath Israel, who had traveled to Baltimore for the event, was grateful for the welcome afforded the shiur by the Baltimore community.
“Baltimore,” he said, “has garnered a rightful reputation as a true Torah community in the United States today. And it is not only a place where Torah is studied and taught, a place of yeshivos and botei medrash, but a place from which Torah emanates to other locales far and wide.
The recent Nationwide shiur is true testimony to that.”