Read Chancellor Eisen's article, "A New Page for Jewish Learning," in The Wall Street Journal.
"Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Sanok, Poland, presented the First World Congress of Agudath Israel-an international gathering of Orthodox Jews-with the idea of simultaneous, page-a-day Talmud study. The year was 1923, and uniting world Jewry around learning a central rabbinic text was a revolutionary idea.
"'How great and holy . . . will a daf [page] of Talmud be,' the rabbi exulted, 'when it ascends to Heaven from the study of hundreds of thousands, with Heaven's help?' The first seven-and-a-half-year cycle of study had only a small group of participants, but the completion (siyum) of the 12th cycle-now known throughout the Jewish world as daf yomi-was celebrated last Wednesday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Some 90,000 attended, and thousands more participated online."
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