The Rebbe, drawing on the inspiration of the words of Rav Sadia Gaon calls to us to remember ‘Ain umaseinu umah ela b’Torasah, Our nation is not a nation only through our Torah’. “Torah is our life, and therefore all should attend in this great celebration – the celebration of the collective joy of Torah shared by the entire Klal Yisroel.
The Rebbe, along with other Gedolei Yisrael have been the driving forces behind the unprecedented expansion of Kvias itim laTorah seen over the last year in Chavrei HaSiyum, Masmidei HaSiyum and the Daf Yomi Chaburos. These programs will not end at The Siyum, but are just beginning. The Chayeinu Initiative will be not only continuing these programs but expanding them over the next 7 and a half years to increase Limud haTorah and Kvias Itim for tens of thousands around the world. “May we merit many more years of increasing Torah learning,” the Rebbe writes.
It’s not every day we have the chance to be a part of history. The Siyum, to be held, be”H on January 1, 2020, is just 139 dafim away. It will undoubtedly be the most monumental event in recent Jewish history. The Siyum will be held once again at MetLife Stadium and begin at 1:00 PM.
Since the 1940s each Siyum eclipsed the previous one in size. The impact of each Siyum has had an even more significant effect with each cycle of Daf Yomi. After Rav Meir Shapiro launched Daf Yomi at the first Knessiah Gedolah of Agudas Yisroel, Daf Yomi’s first Siyum was held at Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin, Rav Meir Shapiro’s own yeshiva. That first Siyum launched not only a celebration and continuous escalation of Torah learning, but a movement of Ki Heim Chayeinu V’Orech Yameinu – Demonstrating Torah’s primacy in our lives.
The first phase of ticket sales for the 13th Global Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi is in full swing, and a substantial swath of the 90,000 seats in the stadium have already been reserved.
Just a few short weeks ago tickets were placed on sale for members of Daf Yomi shiurim. Each group was designated a unique code to use to purchase their tickets. Group members who use the same code will be seated near each other, in each seating level, at The Siyum.
Organizers of The Siyum relate that the response has been overwhelming. “I’ve been involved in The Siyum since the 1980s,” relates Rabbi Labish Becker, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of America, “and I have never seen anything close to this – thousands of seats going per day.”
The energy was palpable and the enthusiasm tangible.
What greeted a delegation of Agudas Yisroel representatives who traveled to the Windy City to strategize and discuss preparations for the upcoming 13th Global Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, which will take place on January 1, 2020 at MetLife Stadium, was nothing short of invigorating.
“Wherever I go, the one thing on everybody’s mind is The Siyum,” Shlomo Werdiger, Chairman of Agudath Israel of America’s Board of Trustees, told attendees at The Chicago Siyum Event, held on Tuesday, June 25, at the home of Dudi Berkowitz.
The exclusive gathering served as an opportunity for the Agudah to present plans for upcoming global and local Siyum events.
Group Visits Mexico, Panama, Paris and Antwerp in Advance of the Siyum HaShas
With preparations for the upcoming 13th Global Siyum HaShas well underway, the excitement for this monumental kiddush Sheim Shamayim has gone international, with a delegation of Agudas Yisroel representatives visiting Mexico, Panama, France and Belgium.
Leaders of Agudas Yisroel recently visited Mexico City to reaffirm and strengthen the ties the Mexican Jewish community has with Agudas Yisroel, and to launch various programs there ahead of the Siyum HaShas.
“This trip recognizes the close connection that Agudah has with the Mexican community,” said Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudas Yisroel. “We still remember with appreciation the hundreds of people from Mexico who joined us at the last Siyum HaShas.”
Celebrating the Anniversary of the 11th Siyum HaShas and Getting Ready for the Upcoming 13th Siyum HaShas (New Video)
Today, Monday, 20 Adar I, February 25, marks the anniversary of Agudath Israel’s 11th Siyum Hashas of the Daf Yomi which took place in 2005. Because of the then unprecedented sold-out attendance, Klal Yisroel celebrated the 11th Siyum in two locations: Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey. The overwhelming surge of new attendees demanded that a third location to be added, the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. The addition of a third location indicated that we were reaching an exciting turning point for the Daf Yomi.