Back in August of 1923, a few weeks before Rosh Hashana at the “Polish Grand Gathering”, Rabbi Meir Shapiro Z”L stood up and explained his idea of Daf Hayomi. The idea was that any Yid all throughout the world, whenever they meet they should have something common in Torah to discuss. He went on to explain how there are 2,711 Daf in the entire Talmud and that would estimate each cycle to be around 7 ½ years.
We all remember January 1 st 2020 at the Siyum of the 13th cycle of Daf Hayomi, when close to 100,000 people from all across the world came to join in the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to rejoice either their own accomplishments of finishing the Entire Shas, some came to take that moment to promise themselves that they will be standing there in seven and a half years with Shas in their hands and then there were those who just wanted to witness the greatness of Torah and the Achdus of 100,000 Jews under one roof.
As a wise man once said, when looking at a tombstone we see the year the person was born and the year he died and in between that there’s a tiny dash (f. e. 1913 – 2007), that dash has in it the entire life story of this person. So too, from the moment we stood there at the Siyum Hashas at MetLife Stadium until the next Siyum there’s a dash that tells a story, that story is Tze’irei Hadaf!
Tze’irei Hadaf is what bridges that long unknown gap! People strive to learn and hope to accomplish, their heart tells them to undertake this huge project and they yearn to reach that goal, but as life takes its toll there are many obstacles that come in the way. From technicalities like having family Simchos or other events which would keep one from making it to learn that day, some days it might be a late night at work and many nights it would be sitting home spending time with their families. Every one of those stories are real and are understood. But what happens when one starts telling himself, “I missed 2 weeks of learning,” “I missed and entire Mesechta” or “this is not for me, these kinds of things are for greater people than I”, all of these thoughts bring a person to stop heading toward their goals and we already know the feeling of 7 ½ years from then when he looks at himself saying “that could’ve been me!”
Tze’irei Hadaf is that motivation and support one needs to keep him going all throughout, it’s a learning program to give Chizuk and strengthen every individual who wants to reach that goal and make it to the top. We are here from A to Z in all aspects where one might need help to get through the finish line, from starting a Daf Yomi Shiur in his neighborhood and finding the right Maggid Shiur, finding others to join in on a daily basis and most of all by giving Chizuk along the way and inspiring one with motivation to continue from one Perek to the next and from one Mesechta to the next. We are the vehicle to the ultimate destination, and the fuel to keep them going.
Especially during 2020’s pandemic when all Shul’s were shut, many were locked into their homes with no real meaning to their lives. At Tze’irei Hadaf we made sure to keep the learning going and gave incentives to whoever called in to participate, and in this way made one feel accomplished with his day, and in turn getting him closer to his goal of finishing Shas.
Tze’irei Hadaf is not just a learning program, it’s a family. By going the extra step and insuring that every individual has not only learnt for the day but that all his needs are met along the way. With constant encouragement to keep them going even when times may be tough and with a helping hand to get one through to the end and make their dream of finishing Daf Yomi true.