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What is a Siyum HaShas

When we hear about a sold out event at the Yad Eliyahu stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel, we assume that the crowd will be cheering on their favorite yellow shirted players on the Macabi-Tel Aviv team. However tonight another type of crowd will fill the stadium. They too will also be celebrating a great event. This event has been discussed by thousands worldwide and is set to be a once in a lifetime experience. This event is the siyum Hashas of Dirshu.

We must clarify that the Siyum HaShas (translated as the ending of Shas), will not celebrate the ending of the political party named Shas!

This siyum (completion party) will celebrate the completion of the twelfth cycle of Daf Yomi. The daf yomi (a page a day) movement was founded in Poland in the year 1923 by Rav Meir Shapiro ob”m. Each cycle takes just over seven years to complete.

Over 10,000 are expected to attend the Dirshu Kinus Olam HaTorah. Honored personages will include Gedolei Hador and Roshei Yeshiva, Rabbanim and maggidei shiurim. Young and old, deriving from cities across Israel and spanning the spectrum of Orthodox Jewry all number among the devoted participants in Dirshu’s varied study programs. These earnest learners of Torah who toil diligently every day of the year now merit the awesome privilege of completing Shas.

Live broadcasts will be transmitted in real time from the Kinus Olam HaTorah in  to locations throughout Israel.

On Tuesday, 12 Av, Dirshu will sponsor a second major event on behalf of English speakers participating in one of Dirshu’s varied learning programs. The English-speakers’ Kinus in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem will be addressed by Gedolei Yisrael and lecturers of international repute, some of whom will be arriving from abroad especially in honor of this occasion to strengthen the resolve of lomdei Torah and promote increased learning worldwide.

Harav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita,and numerous other rabbis from a wide spectrum of Orthodox Jewry around the world were especially gratified over the special sense of unity that will permeate this siyum in Israel.

Thousands of people from all over the world participate in Dirshu’s Torah study programs that encourage achievement by adding structure to their learning. Every month, participants in Dirshu’s Gemara and Halacha programs take tests on the material learned the previous month and are awarded cash stipends for their efforts.

In the Five Towns-Far Rockaway community the tests are held in Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv. In a recent survey conducted by Dirshu, it emerges that in the past fifteen years since its inception, over 100,000 Jews have participated in one of the myriad Dirshu Torah learning programs worldwide! Thousands of people from all over the world participate in Dirshu’s Torah study programs that encourage achievement by adding structure to their learning. Every month, participants in Dirshu’s Gemara and Halacha programs take tests on the material learned the previous month and are awarded cash stipends for their efforts.

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