Daf Yomi is like a hyper-planned trip across Europe where sightseeing is timed to the nanosecond to get through a packed itinerary.
“Saw the Eiffel Tower? Check! Next: to the Royal Chapel!”
As Daf Yomi flies through Shas, there are so many beautiful sites to take in and absorb, but, alas, there’s no time. Tomorrow a new Daf begins, so that we can continue our march to the grand finish line, and celebrate together (iy”H in Yerushalayim) come January 2020.
So what to do?
Of course one can decide to forgo the Daf Yomi hype and learn slowly with a chavrusa through each topic with all of the major commentaries. Arguably, that is the ideal way to learn.
But for those of us who relish the thrill of finishing the whole thing together with the Klall (as exhilarating as it truly is), something is missing: in-depth study, or iyun. Iyun is really the life force of learning; it’s what makes learning so vibrant and alive for us. It’s one thing when you have worked through all the steps of a page of Gemara. It is something very different and special when you have reconstructed your entire understanding of a Gemara after challenging the basic premises beneath that page of Gemara. When you do that, you’re making the Gemara yours.
With the goal of inviting more people into this beautiful process of iyun, I have started a series of shiurim that I’ve called, “Daf Yomi B’iyun.” The idea is simple: videos of iyun shiurim related to the current topic of Daf Yomi study are broadcast for you to enjoy at whatever time is convenient for you. Source sheets are provided to give you the opportunity to prepare and/or view as you watch the shiur. You can also ask questions on any shiur via email, Whatsapp, Telegram, or the Vimeo comments section.
Please enjoy this Daf Yomi B’iyun video I made, “The Rationale of Ribbis.” Below is a link to the source sheet for this shiur.
I am grateful to Matzav.com for the opportunity to introduce this Torah project to the public. If you have any questions, feel free to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For source sheet: CLICK HERE
BIO: Rabbi Shmuel Wise, is maggid shiur and director of, “Real Clear Daf,” a daf yomi web site and app (for IOS and Android) that offers free audio shiurim of Daf Yomi. He founded this project in memory of his brother, Aryeh Wise z’’l.