The seven-year Talmud-studying marathon known as Daf Yomi reaches its grand finale on Monday night, when tens of thousands of people in Israel and some hundreds of thousands around the world will rejoice at having completed the study of the Babylonian Talmud – all 2,711 pages.
In the previous (11th) cycle, which ended in 2005, more than 300,000 Jews spanning the globe celebrated the end of the grueling course, and expectations are even higher for 2012 given the ever-growing enthusiasm for the program.
This year, more than 90,000 people are expected to attend one event alone on Wednesday night, a mass celebratory ceremony concluding the Talmud at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with numerous other parties of many thousands of revelers being held in Israel and other locales.
Daf Yomi (“a page a day”) involves the study of one double- sided folio page of the Babylonian Talmud (Gemara) every day for seven-and-a-half years.
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