NYC Siyum HaShas and Leil Iyun - In the Press
LOVE OF TALMUD UNITES THE MODERN ORTHODOX WORLD FOR CELEBRATION AND STUDY
In a profound expression of unity and ahavat haTorah (love of Torah), the Modern Orthodox world will come together on Monday night, August 6, to learn and to celebrate the Siyum HaShas, the completion of study of the entire Talmud...
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency, June 27, 2012)
...The event at Shearith Israel will feature addresses by rabbis and scholars on topics relating to Daf Yomi. Scheduled speakers include Rabbi Adam Mintz, Chaim Saiman, Rabbi Dov Linzer and Elana Stein Hain. Linzer told JTA that the event is an opportunity for many institutions from the Modern Orthodox community to come together. “I really felt that there are too many things that divide us … and I felt that we could all unite around the importance of Torah and Torah learning,” Linzer said. “We wanted to have a way for the Modern Orthodox community to come together and celebrate as a community its accomplishments and passions.” The celebration also will feature participation by and words of reflection from people who have completed their studies...
(New York Jewish Week, July 3, 2012)
...for the first time, a number of Modern Orthodox congregations and educational institutions in New York will come together at Congregation Shearith Israel to celebrate the completion of the Talmud cycle in their own way. “We don’t see our event as an alternative to the Agudah siyum [celebration],” says Rabbi Dov Linzer, dean and rosh yeshiva of the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. “We are encouraging people to go to the Agudah event. But ours will be an additional opportunity,” he said, noting that speakers at the event will include women scholars, underscoring the “pride we take in our diversity.”...
(Canadian Jewish News, July 12, 2012)
...Recently, though, I learned that both in New York and in Israel, modern Orthodox organizations are making plans for additional siyum ha-Shas events with the active participation of both women and men. The event in New York (one of whose co-sponsors is Toronto’s Torah in Motion) takes place on the evening of Aug. 6, at Congregation Shearith Israel (the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue) and I will be one of the speakers. (See the event website www.siyumhashas12.com.) Who knows? Maybe 7-1/2 years from now there will be an inclusive siyum ha-Shas in Canada, too!...
(Huffington Post, July 13, 2012)
... I am far more excited about the alternative program that will take place the next week in New York City as it will be truly reflective of the scholarship and diversity of the glorious work known as the Talmud.
(Canadian Jewish News, July 24, 2012)
... New York’s Dov Weinstock said, “We have a number of women who participate on a daily basis” in his modern Orthodox Daf Yomi class. He’s part of a group behind an alternative Aug. 6 Siyum HaShas study evening in New York (www.siyumhashas12.com) welcoming “all those with an interest in Talmud study… men, women and children. “Our siyum reflects a more diverse and inclusive approach to Torah study.”
(Tablet Magazine, July 30, 2012)
...The Modern Orthodox world is expanding the places where women study and teach Talmud, in single-sex and co-ed classes and forums. At an Aug. 6 Modern Orthodox siyum hashas event in New York, both men and women will speak, including Matan’s Cope-Yossef; Matan is one of the event’s co-sponsors...
(The Jewish Daily Forward, August 1, 2012)
...Though Linzer applauds the Agudah’s Siyum — he will be in the crowd August 1 — he said it was “critical” to show that a more modern version of the Siyum is possible. His Siyum will be addressed by male and female speakers. “The message implicitly communicated, which we internalize, is that real Torah learning is only in the Haredi community,” Linzer said, “and that’s why I felt it was so critical to do something.”...
(The New York Times, August 2, 2012)
Rivka Haut, 70, one of the women who attends Rabbi Linzer’s sessions, said[,] "...when you read it in the Talmud, you realize that this is not just words on the page, but it affects people today”... Rabbi Linzer is helping to sponsor a modern Orthodox celebration of the completion of the Daf Yomi on Monday at Congregation Shearith Israel on the Upper West Side that will include men and women as speakers and participants... “I think that the point about the Talmud,” he said, “is that it is conversational. It’s the text of rabbis discussing and arguing, and when you learn the Talmud, you become part of that conversation.”
(JOFA website, August 2012)
If anyone is looking for proof that women’s advanced Talmud learning has come of age, the August 6 modern Orthodox Siyum Hashas was it...
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