“On Thursday night, Mercaz Torah U’Tefilah held a beautiful Siyum on Maseches Kesuvos. Despite multiple unforeseen conflicts with other local events, the turnout was amazing without a seat to spare!
The Rav spoke about the value and importance of making additional private Siyumim besides for the main one with the all the Lomdei Daf Yomi together. The purpose is to drive home the message to one’s family that finishing a Masechta is a milestone which deserves a celebration no less than other lifecycle events people throw parties for, and in fact all the more so.
The Rav’s words were followed by the keynote speech given by Mr. Harry Spar, who talked about his journey with the Daf Yomi and encouraged the Oilam to learn the Daf with a Chevra and to review as much as possible.
The Siyum was generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Gornbein in memory of R’ Hershel’s late mother, Mrs. Judy Gornbein, who recently passed away right after Yom Kippur. R’ Shaul Edelman took the opportunity to briefly talk about the tremendous amount of time and effort which Mrs. Judy Gornbein A”H put in to ensure R’ Hershel would receive a Jewish education. This was followed by a presentation of the official video from the Siyum on Seder Moed which took place in Eretz Yisroel. This no doubt brought back warm memories for all those in the crowd who took part in that Siyum, and R’ Shaul used it as a springboard to announce a “Save the Date” for the Siyum on Seder Nashim which is coming up in just about 1 year: November 3rd, 2023! The event ended off with a few words from Rabbi Zvi Goldberg who also made the Hadran and recited the Kaddish.
With the amazing vibe this Siyum had, we’re already looking forward to the next one. The Siyum on Nedarim will take place bez”H on January 24th, 2023!”