The 13th GLOBAL

of Daf Yomi

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Siyum Hashas for English Speakers in Eretz Yisrael

Our 3rd event!

Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020
4 Teves 5780
7:00 p.m.

Binyanei Hauma,
(International Convention Center),




♦ All buses to the Central Bus Station
♦ All buses to Binyanei Ha’uma
♦ Jerusalem Light Rail, “Binyanei Ha’uma” stop
♦ Israel Railways, “Navon” stop
♦ Paid car parking on site

There are snack bars at the Binyanei Ha’uma complex. No food will be sold by the organizers of the Siyum Hashas. It is forbidden to bring food and drink into the hall, with the exception of a personal water bottle.

17:30 – 19:00 Doors open, Exhibitions
18:00 – Daf Yomi Shiur- Rav Baruch Taub
19:00 – Program starts
22:00 – Estimated time for Maariv

17:30 – Doors open
18:45 – Opening remarks by Rebbetzin Tarshish
19:00 – Program starts
22:00 – Estimated time for Maariv

Please remember to bring your printed ticket
Please follow ushers’ instructions
We strongly recommend using public transportation

Join fellow English-speakers and hear English-speaking Gedolei Yisrael celebrating the 13th Global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi. This unique, historic event, under the auspices of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, will be taking place with the warm encouragement of Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion.This time the excitement is even greater, with our event in Eretz Yisrael merging with the event in New York via livestream. Over 12,000 participants at Binyanei Hauma will connect with the more than 92,000 participants convening at the MetLife stadium in New Jersey and hear addresses from Gedolim from both Eretz Yisrael and the US in real time!

For more information email:, or call Kollel Iyun Hadaf 02-6515004 


  • The main hall of Binyanei Ha’uma is already sold out, and a second hall has been opened. Tickets for the second hall are selling quickly.Don’t say you didn’t know!
  • Rabbanim appearing at the siyum: Hagaon Harav Yehoshua Eichenstein, shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Yad Aharon; Hagaon Harav Yitzchak Berkovits, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Aish HaTorah , Rosh Kollel of the Jerusalem Kollel; and Hagaon Harav Tzvi Kushelevsky, shlita, Rosh Yeshivas HeichalHatorah, who will be mesayeim. The dais will feature prominent Gedolei Yisrael from across the spectrum of Torah Jewry.
  • There will be a musical interlude including popular singer Yosef Chaim Shwekey, and chazzan Chaim Adler with the Hallelu Choir.
  • Women and girls will be treated to an inspirational address by Rebbetzin Rena Tarshish, principal of the Mesoras Rochel Seminary inYerushalayim and popular speaker known for her highly informative, fascinating lectures on a wealth of Torah topics.

The Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi unites Jews the world over as they strive together toward the goal of completing all of Shas. In every corner of the globe, Jews are keeping up with the daily learning regimen, in anticipation of the 13th Siyum Hashas. You are invited to celebrate this uplifting milestone together with other Anglos living in Eretz Yisrael, and to be inspired by the timeless words of English speaking Gedolei Yisrael from Eretz Yisrael and the US.

Shas Yidden, We Want You!

Send us your original footage that illustrates your personal connection to study of Daf Yomi, and we might incorporate it in our video “Shas Yidden,” to be screened at the Siyum Hashas.

Our History

Siyum Hashas for English Speakers in Eretz Yisrael
How it all began…

The first English-speaking Siyum Hashas in Eretz Yisrael came about almost by accident. Rabbi Mordechai Kornfeld, a close student of Hagaon Rav Yisrael Zeev Gustman ztz”l and head of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, was in the process of compiling a list of all the Daf Yomi shiurim in Israel, when one English-speaking maggid shiur suggested organizing a Siyum Hashas especially for Anglos. Rabbi Kornfeld was interested but concerned about detracting from the general Siyum held in Petach Tikva and Jerusalem. However, when he consulted with Rav Aharon Leib Steinman, ztz”l, the Rosh Yeshivah gave him his enthusiastic, heartfelt blessings. Completely unexpectedly, Rabbi Kornfeld found himself with only four months to plan the first large-scale Siyum Hashas for English-speakers in Eretz Yisrael. Incredibly, despite the tight deadline and lack of resources, and with plenty of hard work and siyatta d’Shmaya, Rabbi Kornfeld and his Kollel succeeded in holding an inspiring, landmark event which would become the model for successive unifying events.
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The very first Siyum HaShas for English speakers was held on March 2, 2005, when 6,000 people convened in Jerusalem to celebrate the completion of the 11th cycle of the global Daf Yomi. The indelible inspiration of the event was due in large part to the participation of two of the greatest Torah luminaries of our generation, Hagaon Harav Chaim Pinchas Sheinberg ztz”l, Rosh Yeshivah of Torah Ore, and Hagaon Harav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, ztz”l, Rosh Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem. Rabbi Kornfeld recalls those early days. “No decision of import in the planning of the Siyum Hashas was made without the close guidance of Gedolei Torah,” he said. “Rav Nosson Tzvi ztz”l encouraged us warmly from the outset, emphasizing that the Siyum HaShas for English speakers was something that we should do and that would be of great benefit to Klal Yisrael.”


Seven-and-a-half years later, in anticipation of the completion of the 12th cycle of Daf Yomi, there was no longer any question of the need for a separate Siyum Hashas for English-speakers. This time, Rabbi Kornfeld and the Kollel were able to begin preparations in advance for an event that proved powerful, moving and singularly inspiring. The second Siyum Hashas for English-speakers, held at Binyanei Hauma on August 5, 2012, featured an impressive lineup of English-speaking Gedolei Yisrael, including the Kaliver Rebbe ztz”l; Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, ztz”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Jerusalem’s Ohr Somayach; and lbc”l, Rabbi Aharon Feldman, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Baltimore’s Ner Yisroel Rabbinical College; and the dynamic Rabanit Yemima Mizrachi, who addressed a group of over 1,000 women, seated in a separate room. Adding to the uplifting atmosphere were musical renditions by the Seeach Sod and Kol MeHeichal choirs, as well as a performance by world renowned chazzan Chaim Adler.

January 1, 2020

This year’s event is expected to be the biggest and most exciting yet, featuring live streaming which will merge the Siyum Hashas with that of the American event on the same day at the MetLife stadium in New Jersey. Be one of over 12,000 participants at Binyanei Hauma and connect with the more than 92,000 participants convening at the MetLife stadium in New Jersey, and hear addresses from Gedolim from both Eretz Yisrael and the US in real time!

About Us

Kollel Iyun Hadaf, based in Har Nof, has been at the forefront of the dissemination of Torah throughout the English-speaking world for close to three decades. Since the kollel’s inception in 1996, they have been producing the Dafyomi Advancement Forum (DAF) – a wealth of free study material on every page of Gemara in both English and Hebrew. Rabbi Mordechai Kornfeld opened the Kollel with the mission of promoting in-depth (b’iyun) learning and teaching of the Daf Yomi. In the morning, the kollel functions like a regular Daf Yomi kollel, learning a daf of gemara in depth – usually much in advance of the regular Daf Yomi cycle – and in the afternoon they produce various different English resources on the daf and which is made available to the general public. Today the kollel continues to produce 17 different English materials including review questions, flow charts, outlines, halacha, history, and in-depth sugyos. The Daf-Discuss forum allows people to send in their questions on the daf that are subsequently answered by members of the kollel within days, if not hours. “The amount of material we can offer is almost unlimited,” Rabbi Kornfeld said.

Today, tens of thousands of people are using the materials throughout the world – in the major Jewish centers of New York, London, and LA as well as off the beaten track in the backwaters of out-of-town America, Eastern Europe and Russia, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Australia. According to Kollel member Rabbi Yisroel Shaw, “People from all over the world can access the rich materials to get a deeper understanding of the daf at any level.”