Read Chancellor Eisen's article, "A New Page for Jewish Learning," in The Wall Street Journal

Read Chancellor Eisen's article, "A New Page for Jewish Learning," in The Wall Street Journal.

"Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Sanok, Poland, presented the First World Congress of Agudath Israel-an international gathering of Orthodox Jews-with the idea of simultaneous, page-a-day Talmud study. The year was 1923, and uniting world Jewry around learning a central rabbinic text was a revolutionary idea.

"'How great and holy . . . will a daf [page] of Talmud be,' the rabbi exulted, 'when it ascends to Heaven from the study of hundreds of thousands, with Heaven's help?' The first seven-and-a-half-year cycle of study had only a small group of participants, but the completion (siyum) of the 12th cycle-now known throughout the Jewish world as daf yomi-was celebrated last Wednesday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Some 90,000 attended, and thousands more participated online."

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