R’ Ari Stern Named as Chassan HaShas of The Siyum

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Many of us have heard that The 13th Global Siyum HaShas is just a little over one year away. As the greatest impetus for increased limud HaTorah, The Siyum is a monumental and inspirational event for hundreds of thousands around the world. The Executive Committee of The Siyum is already hard at work at bringing the mission of The Siyum to life. The Siyum HaShas is much more than just a one time event, the initiatives of The Siyum extend well before and after.

The six Chassanei HaShas, one for each seder in Shas, are visionaries who will taken upon themselves the achrayus for the growth of their respective chelek of Shas. R’ Ari, a noted askan and Rosh v’rishon lechol davar shebikdush is the first of these Chassanei HaShas to be announced. R’ Ari comes from a long line of ba’alei chessed and machzikei Torah. R’ Ari’s grandfather founded the renowned bastion of chessed – HASC.

In celebration of this remarkable undertaking, and of R’ Ari’s appointment to the Board of Trustees of Agudas Yisroel, this past Wednesday evening, HaRav Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudas Yisroel, and the Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, Chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, were mechabeid R’ Ari  by joining him for a l’chaim in his home.

At the same time, R’ Ari Stern is joining the Executive Committee of The Siyum. In his capacity as an executive committee member, R’ Ari will be joining the other committee members – Shlomo Werdiger, Shmuel Yosef Rieder, Yati Weinreb, Hashi Herzka, Dr. Dudie Diamond and Duvi Gross – in directing the 13th Global Siyum HaShas.

After warm Divrei Brachah from the Novominsker Rebbe, Rabbi Avi Schnall, Director of the New Jersey office of Agudath Israel, and Rabbi Naftali Miller, National Director of Development for Agudath Israel presented R’ Ari with a plaque containing an original copy of the contract for the Siyum HaShas in MetLife Stadium signed by the Novominsker Rebbe, Philadelphia Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, and Mr. Ron VanDeVeen, President and CEO of MetLife Stadium.

R’ Ari will be honored at The Siyum as one of the Chassanei HaShas. He will – in addition to standing alongside the Maschil HaShas in MetLife Stadium – also be responsible for increasing Torah learning in a way only supporters of The Siyum can. The Siyum, expected to have over 200,000 participants worldwide, will be the focal point for new Torah initiatives and projects that will add to Limud Torah for Klal Yisroel, young and old, and no matter their background. Being the largest gathering of Yidden in 2,000 years, The Siyum will be an unparalleled ribui in Kavod Shamayim.

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel, and Yati Weinreb, were also at the event. Rabbi Miller summed up the event by saying, “The support R’ Ari gives to the Lomdei HaDaf is palpable in the way that he talks about the Siyum HaShas. It is because of this that Ari is the most fitting person I can think of to be a Chassan HaShas. We are so glad that he is going to be part of every aspect of the Siyum – and the rest of the Agudah’s activities – and his involvement is an incredible chizuk for us.”


  1. Here is where they are going to start losing me. Let’s keep the focus on the siyum hashas and it’s honorees- all of the lomdim of the daf. If this is turned into a PR dinner style event (and don’t get me wrong, I am very impressed by Ari and all he does) I and others will stick to our own smaller siyumim to celebrate this momentous occasion.

  2. Maybe the honoring of people who do good work is showing Hakaros Hatov and also ensures that there will be more future askonim.
    Everyone knows that askonus should be done lshem somaim but sometimes being an askan can be so lonely and stressful that it is only the recognition of their work that keeps them at it and inspires others. Askonim are in fact human!
    Maybe thats why they get special Mi Sheberach every week on shabbos! Makes up for the mi sheberach they get 24/7 from everyone else!

  3. Is it only me, or is it true that for some reason all askanim or honorees at events are gevirim! If it’s just askonus than is it just a coincidence??

  4. Aron, I do not understand you at all… Of course the focus of the siyum will be those who dedicated themselves to learning the daf for years. But, in order to support the work of spreading torah and spreading the daf and making such an inspirational siyum we need askanim and dedicated ba’alei battim too. They are the Zevulans who make all else possible. Thank you R’ Ari on behalf of all you do for Klal Yisrael. Don’t let the haters get to you.

  5. I am not a hater Ch”v. I just think a siyum hashas should be a siyum hashas and a dinner should be a dinner. Make a separate event honoring those who deserve to be honored and celebrating Agudah board appointments. A siyum hashas is not the venue for it. If it is combined I’m sure many people will be ok with it, but I and others like me will celebrate our completion of shas in our own venue that we feel is more appropriate.

  6. I just want to let everyone know that I am available to be one of the other Chassan Hashas. I am sure that I am up for the job and will do it excellently. Please let those in charge know.

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