Thousands Fill MetLife Stadium to Study the Talmud

Thursday, August 02, 2012 - 06:33 PM

Around 90,000 attendees filled MetLife stadium on Wednesday for the 12th Siyum Hashas, an event held every seven and a half years for Jewish men who have completed their study of the Talmud. The previous event, held in 2005, was attended by 50,000 people. To see more pictures from the event, go to Micropolis' Tumblr site.

The attendance was nearly double the number the last time it took place, in 2005.
The day before the event, Jewish men in Brooklyn completed the final pages of their Talmud study, a process that took seven and a half years of daily study
Daf Yomi literally means 'a page a day' -- the system of Talmudic study was developed by a Polish rabbi in the 1920s, with the idea of bringing all the world's Jews onto the same page, literally
Chaskel Bennett showed up for study at his shul early on Tuesday morning, despite the fact his daughter was getting married that night.
One group even held a tailgate party in the parking lot, under tents. Burgers and hot dogs were served.
Attendees entering MetLife stadium
Some attendees included several generations of the same family
Jumbotrons broadcast all the action taking place on the floor of the stadium
Attendees occasionally took time off for personal prayer
Time for dance


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Comments [4]

Michael J. Feigin, Esq. from Passaic, NJ

This story did an excellent job capturing what it was like to be there. Listening to the sounds again took me right back there, complete with the spiritual high I felt while in the stadium. I am impressed with this reporting.

Michael Feigin, Esq.
Patent Attorney

Aug. 10 2012 05:37 PM

Unbelievable! We can all learn from the Jewish community; for one night they put aside their differences and came together to celebrate the learning of the Talmud, regardless of which sect they’re from.

If we would all learn from this, perhaps we would be living in a better world.

Thanks for the great reporting.

Aug. 09 2012 07:59 PM
Alex from Brooklyn NY

A great report, we need more reports like this on religious communities in NYC.

Aug. 06 2012 04:07 PM
Cheski from Long Island

Awesome story !!!

Aug. 06 2012 12:36 PM

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