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The Twelfth Siyum HaShas Of Daf Yomi

Front-page photo from The Jewish Press, October 9, 1997 (Photo by Shimon Golding)

Front-page photo from The Jewish Press, October 9, 1997 (Photo by Shimon Golding)

The crowd in Madison Square Garden from The Jewish Press, March 11, 2005. (Photo by Menachem Adelman)

The Eleventh Siyum HaShas, which took place on March 1, 2005, saw the need to hold the event in three separate locations: Madison Square Garden, the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, and the Jacob Javits convention Center (via telecast). All told, approximately 45,000 people were in attendance.

Torah personalities participating in the program were Rabbi Chaim Stein, Rosh Hayeshiva Telshe (Wickliffe, Ohio); Rabbi Yissachar Frand; Rabbi Chazkel Besser, Agudah Presidium member, chairman of the Daf Yomi Commission; Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman, Rosh Yeshiva Me’or Yitzchak, Monsey, NY; Rabbi Pinchos Friedman, Rosh Kollellim Belz, Jerusalem; Rabbi Hershkowitz, Holeiner Rav and Klausenberger Dayan; Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Horowitz, Bostoner Rebbe, Boston – Har Nof; Rabbi Yosef Harari-Raful; Rabbi Matisyahu Solomon; Rabbi Elya Ber Wachtfogel, Rosh Yeshiva Gedola Zichro Moshe; Rabbi Aaron D. Dunner, London dayan; Rabbi Osher Weiss, Rosh Yeshivas Chug Chasam Sofer, Jerusalem; and Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, Agudath Israel executive vice president. Rabbi Avrohom Nissan Perl and Rabbi Labish Becker labored tirelessly in the planning and coordinating of the event.

The Twelfth Siyum HaShas is your chance to be a part of Klal Yisrael’s glorious history.

About the Author: Rabbi Yaakov Klass, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com.


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