England may not be the first destination Americans think of for the 4e July, but that’s exactly where a delegation from All Daf, the popular Daf Yomi app (alldaf.org) and a project of the Orthodox Union, came together.
Their reason for crossing the Atlantic? Two unforgettable daf yomi siyoumim of Yevamos mallets. The siyoumimheld on back-to-back nights in London and Manchester, attracted hundreds of local community members and was organized by All Daf, with the help of UK supporters and partners.
Joining the All Daf team in the UK were Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union and Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of OU Kosher, who also holds the distinction as one of the most popular of All daf. maggidei chiour.
Throughout the trip, Rabbi Elefant was welcomed by the many students who listen to his daily shiur from afar. One student, Ashley Cohen, had been listening to Rabbi Elefant’s daf yomi shiur for 17 years, before meeting his virtual Rebbe in person.
At siyoumimRabbi Elefant reflected on gemara at the end of Yevamos, which tells the story of a shipwreck that Rabbi Akiva miraculously survived. When asked how he survived, Rabbi Akiva replied that a “daf shel sefinah appeared for me. His literal reference was to a wooden plank from the ship but, as Rabbi Elefant explained in his homily, it was referring to his constant dedication to learning the Talmud – he clung to the daf of Gemara.
Similarly, Rabbi Elefant explained, those who learn daf yomi every day are supported by the Torah they learn on every page.
Rabbi Hauer noted the incredibly warm reception the All Daf team had received in the UK and emphasized that those gathered at the siyum were realizing the vision of the founder of daf yomi. Says Rabbi Hauer: “Rabbi Meir Shapiro, zt”la had a vision of a daf yomi who would unite klal israel as a way to gueulah.”
Dayan Menachem Gelley, rosh beth din of London Beth Din and Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman, av beth din of the London Federation of Synagogues, were also prominent speakers from local communities in the UK.
“Meeting and greeting people at our very first international All Daf siyumim, who have shared their affinity with our platforms and how it has changed their lives, was an amazing chizouk for our entire team,” said All Daf director Rabbi Moshe Schwed. “Both of our events in London and Manchester were beautiful, inspiring and uplifting – beyond my expectations.”