Siyum Hashas Ad Campaign Commences, Ticket Info to Be Available After Sukkos

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new_meadowlands_stadium_siyum-hashasLomdei Daf Hayomi worldwide continue to learn Maseches Chullin, making their way ever closer to the next Siyum Hashas, which will take place, iy”H, next summer, on Wednesday, August 1, 2012/13 Av, 5762. was the first chareidi media outlet to report months ago that Agudas Yisroel of America, which is organizing the Siyum Hashas, has reserved the massive New Meadowland Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the historic event.

As the month of Av draws to a close, Agudas Yisroel has commenced an advertising campaign in the chareidi press announcing the date and venue of the highly anticipated event.

With 2,711 pages in the Gemara, one cycle of Daf Yomi takes about 7 years and 5 months to complete.

Daf Yomi started its current, 12th cycle on March 2, 2005.

Planners of the 12th Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi have informed that ticket information will be made available to the public shortly after Sukkos.

The New Meadowlands Stadium is by far the largest single venue ever to host the Siyum Hashas.

The arena is a $1.6 billion piece of architectural history, with seating for well over 80,000 people. Interestingly, and as an aside, just this week it has been reported that the naming rights of the New Meadowlands Stadium now belong to MetLife. MetLife, a public company that provides insurance and other financial services, is currently one of the four cornerstone sponsors of the year-old stadium. The naming-rights deal is reportedly worth $20 million annually for 20 years.

It should be noted that the New Meadowlands Stadium does not have a roof, as proposals to include a roof during its construction failed due to a dispute over funding. It is obviously hoped that the weather will not pose any problem the day of the grand Siyum Hashas next summer.

The large seating capacity at the newly constructed stadium makes it possible for all the celebrants to be together at one location for the first time since the 9th Siyum Hashas, over 20 years ago.

The steadily growing number of lomdei hadaf and increased interest in the siyum required the booking of two separate arenas – Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum – in 1997 and three – Madison Square Garden, Continental Airlines Arena and the Jacob Javits Center – in 2005 for the last two siyum events.

Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin, Agudah’s executive vice president for finance and administration, has headed Siyum Hashas preparations since 1982.

“It is a source of great simcha for us that the upcoming Siyum Hashas will take place, be’ezras Hashem, at one central location,” Rabbi Gertzulin told, calling it a fulfillment of a dream of Rabbi Moshe Sherer zt”l, the late legendary president of Agudas Yisroel.

The stadium is advantageous for being easily accessed from anywhere in the tri-state area and along the eastern seaboard. With its close proximity to Newark’s Liberty Airport, it is also convenient for the thousands of participants who are expected to fly in for the siyum.

Agudah’s Daf Yomi Commission has begun to reach out to maggidei shiur and shiur organizers around the country, reminding them to officially register their shiurim.

{Shmiel Newscenter}


  1. All in one place, eh? And what are we midwesterners, chopped liver?

    There are some drawbacks to the larger venue as well. First of all, more people are further from “the action.” Also, the ringing Amein Yehei SHmei Rabbah, won’t have the same effect in an open air stadium, even with the extra voices.

    Plus the multiple venues allowed for giving podium time to more people, as some overlapped each other in time, but not location. They’re gonna have to be miuch more selective in who gets a slot.

  2. #4
    You SHOULD GO & you should also LEARN A FEW BLATT OR TWO You still have plenty of time till the siyum. Think about it. Just do a mere Blatt a week & you will have accomplished 52 blatt by the siyum! that should give you a good feeling attending next year(Hey its 52 more than you would have done otherwise) And H-shem will be proud & your family will be proud! Double that to 2 blatt a week & You got 102 blatt! under your belt by then! The rewards are tremendous And who knows maybe you will start with the next machzor & have mastered Shas by the next siyum hashes!
    And remember The most beutiful words a Yid can say is (Are you ready?) “HADRAN ALACH TALMUD BAVLY!”
    TRY IT!!!!!

  3. #4 – You should definitely go. And like Boom pointed out, you should also study a blatt gemarah or two before you do.

    My 79 year old father-in-law (he should live and be well) is making his 2nd siyum hashas, B”H!

  4. The thing to rememeber is the learning. A siyum with a piece of sponge cake and a little whiskey is fine also. It seems that our condition is such that we need a fancy delancey siyum to generate the simcha of the learning… nebach !!!

  5. How come we never have a siyum on Misilas Yeshorim ?!?
    As big as a kiddush hashem that it will be, I’m sure that after the siyum the people will act the same.(no good morning,no gut shabbos,no thank you’s,etc.)
    If you had a siyum on mussar, the people walking out would not be the same people walking in.

  6. I think that it would bring all klal yisroel together if every city would have it’s own siyum. This way we all can join in the simcha without a financial drain that has plagued our communities.

  7. To #9 – boom: Thanx for the Chizuk. Maybe you could be my chavrusa. I’m very serious. I live in Flatbush. I’ve tried Gemorah/daaf yomi shiurim, but I tend to space out after a while. I need a chavrusa that has a little patience.

  8. you should consider going even if you didn’t participate in the learning.

    I went 2 cycles ago just to watch so many yidden together without politics.

    b”h I got so caught up with the Oilom that I’m in it for the second time.

  9. to #19
    if you are so pessimistic about people, you obviously are not such a mussar-nik. go learn some mesilas yeshorim and invite us to the siyum. The daf yomi idea is about learning gemara, which has been the lifeblood of klal yisroel for hundreds of years, AND about achdus, that the whole klal yisroel is participating in a limud together. You can learn whatever you want everyday. But klal yisroel as a group is learning something together!

  10. To #4 Average Joe

    To reiterate what most people have said. Even if you do not learn, the more people that are there, the bigger kiddush Ha-shem there will be (B’rov Am Hadrat Melech).

    Last time, without learning, I went to a smaller siyum celebration in a community outside of NY. Afterwards, my wife said to me: “Why don’t you do it?”. Six and a half years later, I have only 11 months to go until I can attend as a participant!

    Regarding the discussion on “Mesilat Yesharim”: The purpose of learning (whether it is Mesilat Yesharim or Gemara) is to make you a better individual BOTH in Bain Adam LaMakom and Bain Adam La’Chavero. If that is not the result, then there is a flaw in the learning.

    Guten Chodesh!

  11. to #1; The Siyum is really supposed to be August 2nd, but is being held 1 day early, so in case of rain, August 2nd has been reserved as a rain date.

    If rains both days, I have no answer for your concern.

  12. Of course you should go (if you can) even if you did not learn. The fact that someone is making a siyum is a simchah that one can participate in even if you are not being mesayem. That is what we do on Erev Pesach, for example — one person is mesayem, and the rest participate in his simchah, eat a seudas mitzvah, and are therefore allowed to eat despite Taanis Bechoros. (Similarly as to those who make a siyum on the 9 days to eat meat.)

    This is at least as great a simchah as those — more because here the participants finished all Shas, not just one masechta. And its thousands of Jews, not just one.

  13. Of course you should go. A Siyum is a celebration for those who completed it and for every jew. Unfortunately I’ve only done a part of this cycle, But there is no greater joy or inspiration than to see so many jews in one place, for one purpose, to celebrate a kiddush hashem like none other. I’ve been to the last 2 Siyumim and was blown away. Consider Davening Maariv with EIGHTY THOUSAND PLUS people and being able to hear a pin drop!!!
    Good luck finding tickets though.


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