With the 13th Global Siyum Hashas of the Daf Yomi just 106 blatt away, excitement is building around the country. To that end, a delegation from the Siyum Hashas committee traveled to Baltimore for a series of meetings. The first was with the Vaad Harabanim in Baltimore. Rabbi Labish Becker, Executive Director of Agudas Yisroel of America and Rabbi Eliyahu Simcha Bamberger, director of the Daf Yomi Commission, reported on the history of the growth of the Siyum. They encouraged the Rabbanim to make sure that of their mispallelim participate in all of the harbatzas haTorah programs of the Daf Yomi and of course in the Siyum itself.

From there the delegation traveled to meet with the Rosh HaYeshiva of Ner Yisroel, HaRav Aharon Feldman shlita to give him an update on the Siyum and discuss various aspects and challenges regarding the Siyum. He gave his warm bracha for the success of the Siyum. They also met with HaRav Sheftel Neuberger and Rabbi Baruch Neuberger, President andVice-President of Ner Yisroel, to discuss the many logistical issues involved in organizing the Siyum.

That evening, there was an event in Baltimore with a group of askanim to plan the Siyum in Baltimore. The meeting was led by Agudah of Maryland Director, Rabbi Ariel Sadwin. They made plans for organizing a siyum which will draw several thousand participants as it has done in the past. The meeting left everyone very encourage that the Siyum in Baltimore will be a great success and inspire amny people to increase their commitment to limud haTorah.

As one participant in the meeting noted, he and his friends were finishing shas for the third time because of a commitment they they made upon attending the ninth Siyum Hashas. They had promised themselves at that time that they would no longer attend the Siyum Hashas as onlookers but as participants.

“We were very encouraged by the warm and enthusiastic reception that we received in Baltimore and we look forward to working together with the askanim there to create a great Kiddush Hashas in the forthcoming community-wide Siyum Hashas,” said Rabbi Bamberger.