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East Rutherford, NJ - AP: World's Largest Synagogue Tonight In MetLife

Published on: August 1, 2012 11:41 PM
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Orthodox Jews dance during the 12th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Yomi, a seven-and-a-half-year cycle of studying texts from the Talmud, the canon of Jewish religious law, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey August 1, 2012. Photo: Stefano Giovannini for VIN News Orthodox Jews dance during the 12th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Yomi, a seven-and-a-half-year cycle of studying texts from the Talmud, the canon of Jewish religious law, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey August 1, 2012. Photo: Stefano Giovannini for VIN News

East Rutherford, NJ - Tens of thousands of the faithful are singing, dancing and praying inside what is billed as the world’s largest synagogue — at least for a night.

MetLife Stadium was transformed Wednesday for a celebration of the completion of the reading of the Talmud, the book of Jewish laws and traditions.

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Rabbis wrapped their arms around one another, singing into microphones and rocking on a dais. Men were dancing in circles on the field while others were swaying in the stands. Women were praying from prayer books.

Portions of the program have been somber, though. It is dedicated to victims of the Holocaust.

The celebration marks the completion of the daily reading and study of one page of the 2,711 page book. The cycle takes about seven and a half years to finish.


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 Aug 02, 2012 at 07:26 AM SL Zacharowicz Says:

Our community survived the war, and the resurgence in Torah learning shows we were able to turn Met into Life!

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 Aug 02, 2012 at 08:59 AM Sociologist Says:

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SL Zacharowicz Says:

Our community survived the war, and the resurgence in Torah learning shows we were able to turn Met into Life!

I have a secret, their was Torah learning in the US before the war. And a bigger secret is that the Vietnam war did more for the growth of post HS yeshivot than anything else.

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 Aug 02, 2012 at 09:59 AM Liepa Says:

If this kiddush Hashem doesn't usher in the immanency of MOSHIACH, not sure what will.

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 Aug 02, 2012 at 10:43 AM sane Says:

Let us be Makir Tov to the Holocaust survivor generation that had the strength, fortitude and commitment and Bracha from HKB"H to create this magnificent renaissance and resurgence of Judaism.

As an aside, cudos to the NJ State Police and the Met Life staff who were all extremely courteous, professional and friendly. This was an unusual job for them and they responded splendidly.

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 Aug 02, 2012 at 11:40 AM ALLAN Says:

So many people without any violence and or bad behavior...that is just an additional testimonial to show the world that we are people of good character.

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 Aug 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM Benabenja Says:

Fantastic!
What was done in Isarel for that occasion? Why don't we hear/read much about it? They can gather more than 100K, Maybe 500K-1000K.
Was this event broadcasted in any format on a major network in the USA (NBC, Fox, ABC, ...)? That's where the kiddush Hashem could really be exponential, not if the event stayed an "insider".

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 Aug 02, 2012 at 04:37 PM ShmuelG Says:

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Benabenja Says:

Fantastic!
What was done in Isarel for that occasion? Why don't we hear/read much about it? They can gather more than 100K, Maybe 500K-1000K.
Was this event broadcasted in any format on a major network in the USA (NBC, Fox, ABC, ...)? That's where the kiddush Hashem could really be exponential, not if the event stayed an "insider".

Yep. NBC. They interrupted their coverage of some goyisher shtus called Olympics for 5 hours or so just for this.

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