Jewish communities across the world celebrated a significant milestone in the limud of Daf Yomi, the siyum of Seder Nezikin and the commencement of Seder Kodshim. The Daf Yomi cycle will culminate in the 13th Siyum HaShas to be held in January 2020 (Teves 5780).
The excitement was palpable at the ten siyumei Seder Nezikin that were organized by the Daf Yomi Commission of Agudath Israel of America, which will host the next Siyum HaShas as well. The siyumei Seder Nezikin were held in communities across the United States: Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Edison, Flatbush, Lakewood, Los Angeles, Monsey, Passaic-Clifton, and South Bend.
These communities are diverse and geographically distant from each other, yet their respective celebrations had so much in common. Each siyum was held in a prominent local Shul or catering hall, and was headlined by a prestigious guest speaker: Harav Tzvi Einstadter in Baltimore; Harav Shmuel Levin in Chicago; Harav Ahron Levitansky in Cleveland; Harav Yonoson Sacks in Edison; Harav Tzvi Elimelech Rokeach in Flatbush; Harav Yisroel Reisman in Lakewood; Harav Dovid Schustal in Los Angeles; Harav Eytan Feiner in Monsey; Harav Ezriel Erlanger in Passaic-Clifton; and Harav Ephraim Eliyahu Shapiro in South Bend.
“There is a distinct intensity in Klal Yisroel now regarding learning Daf Yomi, an excitement about this milestone,” says Rabbi Leibish Becker, executive director of Agudath Israel of America.