Tuesday, August 07, 2012

A Remarkable Global Event; A Religious Obligation

Celebrating the completion of the study of the Talmud:
The 12th cycle of the daily study of the Talmud, the Siyum HaShas, had come to an end, and hundreds of thousands of Jews (mostly, but not exclusively, orthodox) have gathered to mark the joyous occasion. The irony was not lost on the organizers – for years they fought fiercely against the construction of a sports stadium in Jerusalem, while they view all forms of competitive sport as part of a Hellenization process which is directly contrasted with the world of “holiness.” And here they are, having filled up the major sports stadiums in North America and Israel, to celebrate the completion of the study of the Talmud.
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