More than 90,000 mostly male, mostly Orthodox Jews gathered under heavy security at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands to celebrate Siyum HaShas, the completion of the study of the entire Talmud, on January 1.
The 7.5-year cycle is known as Daf Yomi — page of the day — because participants study one full page of the 2,711-page text each day. The New Year’s Day siyum, organized by Agudath Israel of America, was the 13th completion of the cycle.
Several thousand people also gathered in Barclay’s Center in New York to watch the program via live video, and other people around the world watched it online.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was at the MetLife event, and later he tweeted: “As we celebrated #Siyum HaShas at @MetLifeStadium today, we held the victims of the horrific antisemitic attacks in Jersey City and Monsey in our hearts. We will drive out darkness with light by always standing with our Jewish community. Anti-Semitism and hate have no home here.”
More than 50 law enforcement agencies and over 300 uniformed state police were in the stadium, according to CBS New York.
The first Siyum HaShas took place on February 2, 1931 in several cities in Europe, Jerusalem, as well as in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency