The Jerusalem Great Synagogue is expected to be overflowing on Thursday night, August 9, as the International Young Israel Movement - Israel Region presents its Siyum Hashas.
The event is co-sponsored by Yeshiva University Israel Alumni, the Jerusalem Great Synagogue, Kollel Torah Mitzion, World Mizrachi, Council of Young Israel Rabbis and RCA-Israel.
Siyum Hashas marks the end of a 7.5-year cycle of daily Talmud study, daf yomi, a course of study followed by Jews worldwide since the idea was presented by Rabbi Meir Shapira, famed head of Chachmei Lublin yeshiva in 1923.
The idea took off and has turned hundreds of thousands of Jews into daily Talmud learners, while the Steinsaltz and Schottenstein editions with commentary and translation have made the 2,711 page monumental opus accessible.
Thursday’s IYIM event will feature three speakers, including Rabbi Dovid Miller, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb.
A salute to the IDF will be given by Rabbi David Levine (Deputy Chief Rabbi of the Israeli Air Force) and Chazan Chaim Adler.
As well, prizes will be awarded to Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Rabbi Yosef Carmel and Rabbi Chaim Luban.
The event will be open to men and women and will be free of charge. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For those outside of Israel, the event will be streamed live at http://www.lilmod.org/shas beginning at 7:45 p.m. Israel time.