The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School
“The Daf Yomi Phenomenon: Image and Reality”
Professor Sid Z. Leiman (Touro College, Yeshiva University, and Brooklyn College)
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 12pm
Harvard Law School
1525 Massachusetts Ave
Lunch from Milk Street Café
In 1923, Rabbi Meir Shapiro, then Chief Rabbi of Sanok in Poland, issued a call for the universal study of one folio of the Babylonian Talmud per day (called Daf Yomi in Hebrew). All choosing to do so would agree to follow a calendrical cycle that would have everyone “on the same page,” until they completed all 2,711 pages of the Talmud at the end of seven and a half years of daily study. Almost a century later, in January and February of 2020, well-over 500,000 Jews joined in celebrations the world over in honor of those who completed the task in its most recent cycle. The presentation will examine the history of the Daf Yomi phenomenon and its reception.
Professor Sid Z. Leiman is Distinguished Professor of Jewish History and Literature at Touro College’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and he also teaches at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. He is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History and Literature at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
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