Daf Yomi Siyum on Seder Nashim Joins Thousands in Celebration of Torah Learning and Tefillah for Eretz Yisrael

The crowd reciting Tehillim

(Agudath Israel) — Some 3,000 Jews gathered in Holmdel, New Jersey’s Bell Works on Sunday to participate in Agudath Ki Heim Chayeinu’s Siyum on Daf Yomi Seder Nashim, in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Rav Meir Shapiro zt”l introducing the concept of the Daf Yomi cycle. 

What was originally intended to be only a celebration of the prodigious efforts of the lomdei Daf Yomi on the completion of Seder Nashim, grew to include tefillah for all in danger in Eretz Yisrael, hostages, soldiers, and the many hundreds of thousands of Jews in harm’s way.  

As Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel, said in his address opening the Siyum, “The barbarians sought to destroy our Simchas Torah. Tonight we say hayo lo sih’yeh! Tonight we proclaim V’nismach b’divrei salmud torasecha u’vmitzvosecha l’olam vo’ed!

Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum, in his siyum on Seder Nashim, noted that the words of Torah are our weapon: “Every blatt gemara is a missle; every Tosfos is a rocket; and every kapitel Tehillim is a bomb.” 

In a similar vein, Chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah Rabbi Yeruchim Olshin, Rosh HaYeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, told the participants that “The zechus haTorah is what, b’eizer Hashem, gives us the ge’ulah.”

Rabbi Elimelech Biderman joined the siyum from afar, due to the situation in Eretz Yisrael. He spoke of the importance of maintaining a high level of Torah during these troubling times: our Torah and unity can help our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael.  The Siyum also included an inspiring siyum on Mishnah Yomi Seder Moed, delivered by Rabbi Nosson Scherman, General Editor Artscroll/Mesorah Publications, who spoke of the desire for Torah learning precipitated by the war in Eretz Yisrael. Over 20,000 pamphlets of the next two weeks of Daf Yomi were printed and distributed in Israel for soldier’s use; following on 20,000 pamphlets from last week. “The desire for Torah is unimaginable,” he said.

Photos by Agudath Israel of America/ Yissochar Dunoff 

Rabbi Yeruchim Olshin
Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum
Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel
Rabbi Avrum Yishai Koenig, the Vorka Rebbe, leading Tehillim
Rabbi Gedalia Moshe Eisenbach, reciting a misheberiach for the soldiers in Eretz Yisroel
Noviminsker Rebbe leading Kabalos Ol Malchos Shamayim

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