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14 Adar I 5765 - February 23, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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English-language Daf Yomi Siyum in Jerusalem Draws Torah Learners from Around the World

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Thousands of seats have been reserved for the first English- language Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi in Jerusalem, which will be held on Wednesday evening 21 Adar I (March 2, 2005). While most of the participants live in Israel, there are many who will be attending from abroad.

The Siyum will feature several addresses by leading Torah luminaries, an actual Siyum HaShas and the beginning of the new cycle of Daf Yomi, musical intermissions and other special features. The English language event was initiated by Kollel Iyun Hadaf of Jerusalem, producers of the Daf Yomi Advancement Forum (DAF). Headed by Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld, the scholars of Kollel Iyun Hadaf prepare study material on every page of gemora in both English and Hebrew, which is distributed free of charge to subscribers around the world. More than 2,500 subscribers in 30 countries receive the Kollel's material, and many others avail themselves of the archived material, available on virtually all of Shas.

The event is being produced and organized by International Media Placement, and coordinated with representatives of most Jewish publications worldwide as well as many secular publications such as The New York Times, Daily Telegraph, and others.

While not all of those coming to the Siyum are subscribers to the Kollel's prodigious resources, many are. One subscriber is flying in from California to celebrate this milestone event in the Jewish world. He has been learning Daf Yomi with his brother over the phone, relying on the Kollel's comprehensive study material to help him understand the Daf. Another participant, from New York, is a maggid shiur of Daf Yomi who uses the Kollel's resources to help him prepare his daily shiur. Other beneficiaries of the Kollel's harbotzas Torah (that we know about) are coming from Chicago, London, and Johannesburg, as well as from all over Israel.

In addition to the Siyum itself, Kollel Iyun Hadaf has arranged a special Siyum printing of the only English biography of HaRav Meir Shapira zt'l, who is considered the founder of the Daf Yomi program. The book, A Blaze in the Darkening Gloom — the Life of Rav Meir Shapira zt'l, has been out of print for nearly a decade. The 408 page book, whose original publication was brought about through the efforts of Mr. Martin Stern of Bayit Vegan and London, was rendered into English by R' Charles Wengrov zt'l and is based on the Yiddish biography written by Rav Yehoshua Baumol Hy'd, a close disciple of Rav Meir Shapira.

The book, as well as all of Kollel Iyun Hadaf's study material, is available by contacting the Kollel at (02) 651- 5004 or at You can also call International Media Placement: 02-6252933.


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