Thousands across the globe gather via live broadcast 

agudah_logo-150x150The excitement in the air was palpable as the overflow crowd filled the beautiful newly appointed beis haknesses of Congregation Zichron Eliezer in Cincinnati, OH, for the Daf Yomi Siyum on Maseches Succah. As the guest speaker Rabbi Hillel David entered, the community greeted him with the rendition of “Yomim Al Yemei Melech Tosif“!

The program which was broadcast live to communities across the globe began with the hadran delivered by Rabbi Meir Minster, the Rosh Kollel of Cincinnati Community Kollel followed by a spontaneous outbreak of dancing as an expression of simcha from all those present. The haschala of Maseches Beitzah was led by Rabbi Daniel Travis of the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. The evening’s program was introduced by Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib, Rav of Congregation Zichron Eliezer, the power behind this and many other local efforts of harbotzas haTorah. Before introducing the guest speaker, Rabbi Eliyahu Simcha Bamberger of Agudath Israel of America’s Daf Yomi Commission, warmly welcomed the communities around the globe joining thesiyum via the live broadcast.

Rabbi David emphasized the importance of gathering together to share one another’s simcha shel mitzvah, namely the Siyum Masechta. Quoting different Mammarei Chazal, Rabbi David illustrated the significance of demonstrating Kavod HaTorah, by celebrating a Siyum Maseches. He cited a Rabeinu Gershon Meor Hagola in Maseches Bava Basra who explained that the 15th of Av is considered one the greatest Yamim Tovim in Klal Yisroel because it was the day that Klal Yisroel completed the collection of wood to be used for the fire on the Mizbeach. What is the great celebration at the completion of this mitzvaasks Rabbeinu Gershon? From now on, those involved will have more time on their hands to spend learning Torah! A true Yom Tov and celebration in Klal Yisroel is to mark another level in Limud HaTorah.

In the words of Rav Avrohom Weinrib the Rav of Congregation Zichron Eliezer this event was “one of the greatest events of kiddush shaim shomayim that has come to Cincinnati in many years. The fact that we were graced with the presence of HaRav Hillel David made it an event which will be etched in the hearts and minds of all, for years to come.” The heartfelt dancing was an expression of the simcha that all those present felt. We look forward to doing many more events together with Agudas Yisroel with the singular goal of being marbeh kvod shomayim.