On Sunday, October 5, the Daf Yomi cycle finished the first complete seder, Seder Moed, and Yeshiva University and RIETS celebrated the accomplishment with a communal siyum in the Glueck Beit Midrash on the Wilf Campus. The program featured Rabbi Hershel Schachter, (Rosh Yeshiva, Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud and Marcos and Adina Katz Rosh Kollel, RIETS) who gave a shiur on the last daf in Chagiga, Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz, (Magid Shiur, YUTorah.org, Program Director and Magid Shiur, DRS High School and Rabbi, Beis HaKnesses of North Woodmere) who delivered the hadran and words of chizuk and inspiration about daf yomi, and Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman, (Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS and Rabbi, Ohr Saadya, Teaneck, NJ) who gave an overview to Seder Nashim, the second complete seder in the Daf Yomi program. Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, the David Mitzner Dean of CJF MC’d the program and welcomed the participants, and Rabbi Menachem Penner, Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, closed the program with words of praise for all those who completed Seder Moed. The program was attended by hundreds both in person and online via a live webstream on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah.org website, and participants left with a feeling of accomplishment and excitement for starting the next Seder in the daf yomi cycle, which will be completed on June 1, 2016. “For many people, completing the daily daf yomi learning is very difficult and required lots of self-sacrifice in order to fit it into a busy schedule day in and day out.” said Rabbi Robert Shur, manager of the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah.org website, “we wanted to create a large celebration to give them the recognition they deserve.” In addition to the program, there was spontaneous singing and dancing after the hadran, which reflected the excitement of those at the siyum. “Having the opportunity to hear words of Torah from RIETS Roshei Yeshiva, as well as from Rabbi Lebowitz, who delivers one of the daf yomi shiurim on YUTorah, was such a treat” remarked one of the participants, “a great way to start the year the day after Yom Kippur!”

 

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