Thursday, July 26, 2018

There's a Daf Yomi for the Yerushalmi

TALMUD WATCH: ArtScroll Yerushalmi Prepares for New Learning Cycle (JLNJ Staff).
(Courtesy of Artscroll) It was at the Sixth Knessiah Gedolah of Agudath Israel, in Jerusalem, that a historic proclamation was made. The day was 18 Teves, 5740/1980. The speaker was the Lev Simchah, the Gerrer Rebbe. The proclamation was that it was time for the Torah world to begin a new Daf Yomi program, the daily study of Talmud Yerushalmi. The Yerushalmi Daf Yomi program takes 4.5 years and it is now celebrating its ninth siyum. The next Daf Yomi begins on August 4.

The Schottenstein Editions of the Talmud Bavli in Hebrew and English—and in French, as the Edmond J. Safra Edition—have contributed tremendously to the spread of Talmud study in general, and Daf Yomi study in particular. It has been estimated that of the 90,000 participants at the MetLife Stadium celebration of the last siyum, more than half were there thanks to ArtScroll’s authoritative editions. Now the same is happening regarding the Yerushalmi.

PaleoJudaica has been following a Daf Yomi cycle for the last six years with Tablet columnist Adam Kirsch. It covers the Babylonian Talmud (the Bavli). Daf Yomi means "daily page," because participants study one page of the Talmud each day.

The Yerushalmi is the less-known and, until recently, much-less-studied Palestinian Talmud. I didn't know that there was a Daf Yomi cycle for it too.

Incidentally, there is also a Daf Yomi cycle for the Zohar.

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