Daf Yomi

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Daf Yomi (Hebrew: "page [of the] day" or "daily folio") is a daily regimen to study the entire Talmud one daf (i.e. two actual pages) one day at a time so that it can be completed in seven and a half years.

Thousands of Jews worldwide participate in the Daf Yomi program as part of a monumental program that was initiated by Rabbi Meir Shapiro in 1923 at the First World Congress of the World Agudath Israel in Vienna.

With 2,711 pages in the Talmud, one cycle takes about 7.5 years. Daf Yomi recently started its 12th cycle of study, on 2 March 2005. The finishing of the Daf Yomi cycle comes with great celebration in an event known as Siyum HaShas ("completion [of] the Shas" -- Shas, an acronym for shisha sidrei (mishnah) or "Six Orders of the Mishnah" -- is another name for the Talmud). The last Siyum took place on 1 March 2005 with an estimated 120,000 in attendance all over the world. The next Siyum HaShas will take place on 2 August 2012.

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