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Community-Wide Siyum Hashas This Monday Evening-August 6, 2012

Please join us for the community wide siyum hashas and leil iyun taking place this Monday evening, August 6th, 2012 at Congregation Shearith Israel, 10 West 70 St., NY ,NY beginning at 7:00 PM. The evening will include shiurim by leading Modern-Orthodox educators and scholars and will conclude with a siyum and seudat mitzvah.

On-line registration closes Monday morning, however walk-ins are welcome to join us.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. I went, with my mother; mazal tov to frequent commenter Charlie Hall, who was one of the 18 present (out of 300) who actually finished Shas and got to say the Hadran together (14 M, 4 W). Dr Hall gave one of the speeches about What It Means To Me.

    I went to two interesting talks on the Yerushalmi vs Bavli:
    1) literary style, by Elana Stein-Hain – the Ymi has shorter pericopes, is more tightly bound to the Tosefta as the main source of baraita, and is more interested in concrete halacha. The Bavli has longer discussions, a wider variety of baraitot, although it seems to be missing some tractates of Tosfta that the Ymi quotes, and is more interested in abstraction and ovearching principles, building a body of halacha that fits harmonistic ideas. The Ymi dives right into halacha, the Bavli engages in text-criticism of the Mishna as well.

    2) psak, by R Michael Broyde (I couldn’t hear this one as well). Mostly what I remember was a laundry list of Rishonim who dismissed the Yerushalmi in various ways, whether using lesser texts to override its halachot (e.g. a Zohar, or an inference from a pericope in the Bavli), or saying outright that we don’t pay attention to it.

    3) Then I went to one on how the Gemara darshens verses, by Marty Lockshin, and how the Rishonim understood that process, from Rashi who takes the hairy drashas as “pshat” (to which I raised RYGB’s idea that “pshat” means “widespread” rather than “simple” – so the pshat is the most widely accepted reading, which could be the strained Talmudic readings necessary to get verses to support halachot).

    For the siyum itself, Mom & I sat up in the front left of the balcony, because she wanted to sit where she had sat as a little girl. Her mother would go to S&P to sit & talk with her oldest sister Aunt Martha, who always sat there.

  2. What’s a “pericope” in Yeshivish?

    Are there recordings?

  3. R’Nachum,
    I contacted the sponsors prior to the event and they said they would be posting recordings.

  4. Pericope is Neusner’s word for sugya. You know, like, what prevents disease and pregnancy in Jews? Prophylacteries.

  5. “Are there recordings?”

    Yes. They were available the night of the event, and we hope to have them available on the internet soon.

  6. “mazal tov to frequent commenter Charlie Hall”

    Thank you!

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