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Over 90,000 people celebrate Siyum Hashas together in New Jersey

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The exterior of Met Life Stadium (Wikimedia Commons/gargudojr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Over 90,000 mostly Orthodox Jews gathered under heavy security at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to celebrate Siyum Hashas, the completion of the study of the entire Talmud.

The 7.5-year cycle is known as Daf Yomi, since participants study a one full page of the 2,711 page text each day. The event on Sunday, organized by Agudath Israel of America, was the 13th completion of the cycle.

Several thousand people also gathered in Barclay’s Centre in New York to watch the program via live video hookup, and people around the world watched it online.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy attended the MetLife event, later tweeting: “As we celebrated #SiyumHaShas at @MetLifeStadium today, we held the victims of the horrific antisemitic attacks in Jersey City and Monsey in our hearts. We will drive out darkness with light by always standing with our Jewish community. Anti-Semitism and hate have no home here.”

More than 50 law enforcement agencies and over 300 uniformed state police were in the stadium, according to CBS New York.

READ: SIYUM HASHAS – WOMEN AND THE DAF

The first Siyum Hashas took place on Feb. 2, 1931 in several cities in Europe and in Jerusalem, as well as in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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