By Shimmy Blum
As countless Yidden around the globe transitioned to learning MasechesChagigah for dafyomi, the Daf Yomi Commission of Agudath Israel of America hosted a special siyum on Maseches Moed Katan, which was transmitted live on the commission’s telephone hotline.
Since 2007 the dafyomi commission has organized a widely broadcast grand celebration for almost every dafyomisiyum. Wednesday’s siyum was held midday at the Reshet Shiurei Torah Court Street Shul in downtown Brooklyn. Every workday, there is a well-attended dafyomishiur in the shul. A group of Yidden who work in the area sacrifice their daily lunch break and instead dedicate this precious time to learn the daf.
Commemorating the consistency and dedication to Torah that are the hallmarks of the daf yomi program, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America, noted that Court Street is not typically associated with Torah learning, but the daf yomi program defies that. “Daf yomi is the unifying factor in Klal Yisrael,” he said.
The siyum’s special guest speaker was Rav Yisroel Belsky, shlita, roshyeshiva at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. Rav Belsky expounded upon how learning Torah on a consistent basis offers fulfillment and energy for all of life’s endeavors, particularly as one ages and becomes physically frail.
“A dafyomishiur is a never-ending growth cycle,” Rav Belsky said. “A talmidchacham spends his whole life moving and searching for accomplishment.” The roshyeshiva then delved into the greatness of the upcoming Shemittah year, and the miracles that Klal Yisrael stands to merit as a result of the mitzvah and its accompanying emunah.
With Yidden around the world now learning Maseches Chagigah with renewed enthusiasm, the Daf Yomi Commission is dedicated to continue offering myriad resources to learners in over 900 affiliated shiurim across the United States and Canada, and to growing its network. “With every milestone, we look forward to further increasing limud haTorah, b’ezras Hashem, with the assistance of Agudath Israel’s dafyomi commission,” said R’ Yerachmiel Bratt, the local daf yomi magid shiur.