There will be lots of women at the big Siyum HaShas — which is the celebration of the completion of the daily study of the entire Talmud, which takes about 7½ years — on Wednesday evening. But they’ll be hidden behind a 25-foot high mechitzah, being installed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey at a cost of $250,000. Agudath Israel of America, organizer of this mega-event, which some 92,000 people will attend, says that, at 2.5 linear miles, it’s the longest mechitzah in the world.
There will also be women at the smaller Siyum HaShas being organized by Rabbi Dov Linzer, the rosh yeshiva of “open Orthodox” rabbinical school Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. At that siyum, which will be held on August 6th at Congregation Shearith Israel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, women will be at the evening of learning and celebration not only as full participants, but also as teachers.
"I drove ALL THE WAY HERE from VERMONT, & this is the FIRST SIYUM I've been to that doesn't have any cake!" - Angry man at the Siyum HaShas. @cholentface
Dear Frum rappers, "Daf Yomi" rhymes with "Macaroni." You're welcome. @cholentface
i feel like a party crasher. you're suppose to do WHAT for 7.5 years beforehand? @jacobgoldman
If someone hasn't suggested it already, iit would be a great bit if someone dressed up in a Waldo costume ... @alicht
So. Let me be the first to ask. Where can Siyum Hashas go in 7.5 years to outdo 100,000 people in one location? @chaimshapiro
The gist: they tried to kill us, we survived, and now we're ridiculously smart.
You think I'd get kicked out if I screamed out J E T S JETS JETS JETS!!! ? @edistenfeld
What's 4 hours of traffic when your ancestors wandered in the desert for 40 yrs? :)