Daf Yomi

The Power Of Sharing

Special To The Jewish Week

Cultural references were once shared. Now, with the explosion and profusion of media, we no longer watch the same shows or listen to the same music.

David Wolpe

A ‘Daf Yomi’ For Liberal Jews?

Staff Writer

Taking a page from the Orthodox movement’s successful “Daf Yomi” or page-a-day Talmud study initiative, the chancellor of the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary has triggered a discussion about Jewish learning for the non-Orthodox Jewish community.

JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen calls for Jewish learning “informed by art, music, poetry and law.”

Siyum In The Stadium

Minyan of 90,000 celebrates Talmud marathon.

Associate Editor

The big stadium seemed to be levitating; looking up, framed against storm clouds, 90,000 Jews were on their feet, then were rising to their toes in unison, once, twice, three times, calling out loudly, “kadosh, kadosh, kadosh.” Some took out cell phones, calling those that that were not present, “you have to hear this,” holding phones in the air, to hear 90,000 call out the “Shema,” or answer “Yehay Shmay Rabba” to Kaddish.

Orthodox men deep in prayer at last week’s Siyum HaShas at Met Life Stadium. Getty Images

Siyum HaShas Draws More Than 90,000 To Meadowlands, Snarls NJ Traffic



More than 90,000 people packed MetLife Stadium to celebrate the completion of the page-a-day Talmud cycle in the largest-ever Siyum HaShas.

Celebrating Talmud Study


The Talmud has been compared to the seas, for it is vast and deep and, like the oceans, there is no real beginning or end to the study of Shas (an acronym for the Talmud). Few among us have circumnavigated its 63 tractates and 2,711 double-sided and oversized pages. It can take days to fathom even a few lines, and so familiarity with the entirety of Shas had become rare over time, and several of the less popular tractates fell into obscurity.

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