Jewish “Super Bowl:” The Los Angeles Celebration of the Conclusion of the Daf Yomi Cycle
As traditional Jews around the world gather to mark the conclusion of a grueling seven and a half year study cycle of the Talmud, several thousand members of the Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish community will join them at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 5:15PM, Wednesday August 1st.
Over 90,000 will attend the main event at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey. It will be the largest gathering ever at that stadium. Another 60,000 people will enjoy a live video link to the “National Siyum” (i.e., completion of cycle) from cities around the world, including 2,000 to 3,000 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Los Angeles celebration will include a local program and a live video connection to the national celebration. It will also be attended by Los Angeles political and civic leaders.
The Siyum celebrates the completion of the daily program of study of the Babylonian Talmud known as Daf Yomi – literally, “page per day.” This program has united Jews in study since its inception in 1923. Next to the Bible, the Talmud is the most important text in traditional Judaism. It touches every aspect of Jewish life and thought, and provides wisdom, guidance and inspiration. It was authored in a terse style that demands intense study rather than simple reading. The Daf Yomi program covers one two-sided page (or daf) of the Talmud every day for seven and a half years. Completion of the program is a joyous occasion not only for the students but also for the entire community.
The last Siyum occurred in March 2005 and attracted national media coverage. See, e.g., the following NY times article published 3/2/2005: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/02/nyregion/02talmud.html?pagewanted=print&position= .
See, also, the following LA Times article published 3/2/2005: http://articles.latimes.com/2005/mar/02/local/me-talmud02
A highly informative Op/Ed piece about this year’s Siyum appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday 7/29/2012 and can be found here: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-adlerstein-talmud-daf-yomi-20120729,0,7443447.story
The Daf Yomi program as well as the Siyum gatherings are the product of the efforts of the worldwide Agudath Israel organization, and its affiliate here in Los Angeles, Agudath Israel of California.
For more information and tickets visit: www.SiuymLA.com
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