U’vahem Nehgeh: Chazarah Chaburah “You can do it in every community around the world” Learning The Daf is an incredible, life changing experience: Every yid can complete Shas! As meaningful and rewarding as it is to complete Shas every seven-and-a-half years, can one imagine what it means to complete it twice over that time period? Shortly before the last Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, one chaburah of Daf Yomi learners came up with an idea as simple as it is ingenious. There are seven members in the chaburah. Each member would be responsible to review one Daf a week thoroughly and present its shakla v’tarya summary to fellow chaburah members. Each Daf chazarah takes about eight minutes. Within one hour, an entire week’s learning of The Daf has been reviewed. Anyone can attest to the substantially enhanced clarity and memory of any limud that has been reviewed, compared to having learned it only once. Each chaburah member learns his designated Daf each week with a particularly high level of clarity. And all this enhanced mastery of Shas can be accomplished within a time frame that even the busiest businessman and professional can adhere to with the proper commitment. This special chaburah recently celebrated a special Siyum on Shas, each Daf twice. Shimmy Yarmark, a member of the chaburah, hopes that others in Klal Yisroel get to enjoy the same level of limud haTorah and simchah as he and his peers enjoy. “We have no copyright or trademark,” he says. “You can do this in every community around the world.” As over 100,000 yidden worldwide look forward to celebrating, in just a few months, the greatest Siyum HaShas ever, what better time can there be to start? To take part in this historic experience, please visit thesiyum.org to reserve tickets while they are still available. For general information and updates, please visit thesiyum.org or text siyum to 313131
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During the Second Temple, the Greek empire reigned (over Israel),1 and they (the Greeks) passed decrees against the Jews and (tried) to erase their religion, and did not allow them to carry out Torah (study) or the commandments. They put their hands on their property and their daughters. They entered the Temple, destroyed and made the pure unclean. The Jews were in great distress because of them and were much oppressed, until the G-d of their fathers had mercy on them, delivering them from their hands and saving them. Then overcame, the sons of the Hasmonean High Priest, (the Greeks) and killed them and saved the Jews from their hands. They appointed a king from the Priests, and the kingdom of Israel was restored for more than 200 years until the destruction of (the) second (Temple). When the Jews overcame their enemies and destroyed them, it was the 25th of Kislev2 when they entered the Sanctuary (inner room) and did not find pure (olive) oil in the Temple, except one jar sealed with seal of the High Priest, and it did not contain enough to light except for one day only. But they lit from it the lamps of the Menorah3 for eight days, until they could crush olives and produce a (new quantity) of pure oil. For these reasons, decreed the Sages of that generation that these eight days that begin on the 25th Kislev, will be days of joy and praise. One lights on them lamps at evening at the entrance to the houses, every evening of the eight nights to show off and demonstrate the miracle. These days are called ''Hanukah'' that is to say ''they rested'' (chanu) on the ''25'' ('th of the month) because on the 25th they rested from their enemies. and also because of those days they (re)-dedicated the house (Temple) which their foes had defiled. Also some say that it is a commandment to increase slightly the festive meals on Hanukah. Another reason is because the work of (building) the Sanctuary (in the desert) was completed in these days. One should tell one's children the story of the miracles that were done for our fore-fathers in those days, (see Josephus) However, these meals are not considered as part of the commandment unless one says at the meal songs of praise. One should increase charity in these Hanukah days, for this can help mend any defects in our souls. This charity, should be given particularly to poor Torah scholars. (KSA 139:1)
1) 352 BCE until 70 CE
2) 139 BCE
3) The Menorah was made of gold and had seven branches.