by Cathy Drummond
Security was tight as Jews gathered at a Stadium in New Jersey for the Religious event called Siyum HaShas. Citing NBC News, more than 92,000 Jews were expected to gather for the religious event. The religious event was held at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. The home of the New York Football Jets. Security was expected to be at an all-time high because of rise in recent anti-Semitic attacks in the New York and New Jersey area.
The full video of the Siyum HaShas event is below:
On January 1, 2020, the Jewish Community gathered for the reading of the entire Talmud. The event is celebrated on New Year’s Day. It occurred at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. The event was also co-evented at New Jersey’s Barclay Center as well. The Talmud, the 2711-page Jewish document, reportedly takes 71/2 years to completely read. This year’s event was a special cause of concern in terms of the event’s expected additional security needs.
The recent increase in Anti-Semitism attacks has caused the Jewish Community to be extra aware. Citing NBC News, Rabbi Yosef C. Golding , the Event Organizer, worked with approximated 50 different Police Agencies. There were more than 300 Police inside the Stadium itself. The Siyum HaShas was broadcasts internationally.
Citing Chabad.org the Talmud contains the “gamut of Jewish laws and traditions. The completion of the reading of the ‘Babylonian’ Talmud, dating back to the ‘Talmudic’ Era. The Talmudic Era represents the transition from the oral tradition of Rabbinic teaching to the writing of the teachings, called the Talmud. The Talmud has two parts. The Mishnah (200 CE). Largely considered to be the ‘first work of Rabbinic Literature. And the Gemara (500 CE) which explains the Mishnah and other Tannaitic writings.
According to Asylum.org there has been 12 Siyum HaShas. The previous recorded one took place on August 1, 2012. The Event this year marked the 13th Historically. The Siyum HaShas is considered to be a Global Event. Historically, the idea of the Siyum HaShas was introduced in 1923. Culminating with the first Siyum HaShas on February 2, 1931.
The Siyum HaShas event which took place on New Year’s Day was a cause of concern because of the recent increases in anti-Semitic violence. One example being the stabbings in Monsey, NY during the Celebration of the Jewish Hanukkah celebration this year. With other reported acts of violence and aggression against the Jewish community occurring in New Jersey as well. At the time of the publication of this article there has not been any additional reported acts of violence.