Will Rav Shteinman Be Attending the Siyum Hashas at MetLife Stadium?


metlife-stadiumExcitement is building ahead of the historic simchas haTorah scheduled to take place at MetLife Stadium and other venues around the world in exactly two weeks from today.

With just 14 days to the upcoming Twelfth Siyum Hashas, rumors are rampant about who will be speaking and who will be attending. At the same time, learners of Daf Yomi continue to make their way through Maseches Niddah, the final masechta of Talmud Bavli, maintaining their commitment to complete the final blatt of Shas.

The 12th Siyum Hashas will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Wednesday, 13 Av/August 1.

Among the most prominent rumors is that Maran Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman shlit”a, the venerable rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Orchos Torah of Bnei Brak, will attend the event.

Organizers of the siyum won’t deny the rumor, as Rav Shteinman told askonim that it would be a big kavod for him to attend.

“But the truth,” one askan told Matzav.com, “is that we won’t really know anything more until the day prior to the Siyum. A number of factors, primarily the health and strength of Maran, will determine whether he will come.”

Rav Malkiel Kotler, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, who is completing the Daf Yomi himself, will recite the Hadran at the Siyum. Beth Medrash Govoha is the largest yeshiva outside of Eretz Yisroel.

Speakers at the event, according to sources, will include Rav Yaakov Hillel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ahavat Shalom in Eretz Yisroel; Rav Yisroel Hager, Vizhnitzer Rebbe; and Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, former chief rabbi of Israel. Other speakers have been finalized as well.

Singing following the actual siyum will, of course, again be led by the incomparable Reb Abish Brodt. Spirited singing and dancing by the attendees will again highlight the event.

For now, the organizers are finalizing security and logistical arrangements for the gathering, with an expected attendance of about 92,000 people.

The stadium – usually booked for sporting events and concerts – regularly seats about 82,000 people, but for this event, the field will be utilized as well, providing for an additional 10,000 seats.

The dais, which will be located from west to east on the northern side of the stadium, will contain about 500 seats for rabbonim, admorim and roshei yeshiva, and approximately 1,000 reserved seats for Daf Yomi maggidei shiur.

“They are the true guests of honor,” quipped an askan involved in the organizing of the event.

The women’s section will be located on the full eastern portion of the massive stadium.

A month ago, Matzav.com reported that the majority of Siyum Hashas tickets were sold out. By now, the number of tickets remaining is much smaller. In fact, all $18 and $36 tickets have been sold. The least expensive tickets remaining at this time are $54 each, and those are limited in number too.

All online reservations come with an $8 shipping charge and a $2.50 on-line processing fee. These charges are per order, not per ticket, and the shipping charge is the standard fee charged by Agudas Yisroel of America.

All guests at the Siyum will receive a 200-plus page book featuring tributes and more.

In 2005, the 45,000 tickets available for the Eleventh Siyum Hashas were sold out within six weeks of being offered for public sale.

Those seated in the nose-bleed seats won’t be able to see the dais, but over 18,000 plasma screens are going to be placed throughout the venue for guests to watch to program.

And what if it rains? MetLife Stadium does not have a roof, so if there is expected precipitation, the event will be postponed to the next day, Thursday.

Tens of thousands are expected at Siyum Hashas events in Eretz Yisroel too. These include the Dirshu World Siyum at the Yad Eliyahu Arena in Tel Aviv, the National Siyum Hashas in Petach Tikva, an English-language Siyum at Yerushalayim’s International Convention Center, a Siyum organized by Agudas Yisroel and Degel HaTorah in the French Hill neighborhood of Yerushalayim, and a Siyum organized by the Shas party at Teddy Stadium in Yerushalayim. Celebrations to take place across the United States, Europe and Australia are expected to attract tens of thousands more.

There will also be a Siyum Hashas at the original and newly renovated Yeshivas Chochmei Lublin, with a live broadcast from the Siyum at MetLife Stadium.

Since 1990, attendance at the main Siyum Hashas in America, organized by Agudas Yisroel of America, has increased dramatically, necessitating the booking of larger arenas and stadiums.

Back in June, a meeting of some 150 people was held at the FBI Headquarters in Newark, NJ, to discuss the logistics of hosting 90,000 people for such an event. Representatives of local police departments were joined by officials from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, NJ Regional Operations Intelligence, and others. Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin, who has been at the helm of Siyum Hashas preparations since 1982, addressed the gathering. He provided the attendees with an overview of Daf Yomi and the expansion of the siyumim over the decades, stating that the upcoming event will be “the largest gathering of Torah Jewry in modern history to date.”

Law enforcement agencies have assured the Siyum Hashas committee that they will do everything to ensure the safety and security of all the attendees at the event.

All attendees are being urged to use mass transit to attend the event. Trains and busses will be running throughout the day of the Siyum.

Elly Kleinman will serve as the Siyum Hashas chairman, and Ralph Herzka and Shmuel Yosef Rieder will serve as co-chairmen.

The Siyum Hashas is being dedicated in memory of Jerome Schottenstein z”l.

{By Casriel Bauman for Matzav.com}


  1. Why do they need to charge $8 for shipping and a $2.50 processing fee ? Last time I used USPS, they charge 44 cents for postage. Tickets are expensive enough why increase burden on poor people?

  2. I can’t wait to hear Reb Lazer Ginsburg Shlita’s Maariv! Who better, than an ainigel of Rav Chatzkel Levenstein ZT”L!
    I would love to see Rav Shteinman Shlita! I just hope the security detail will have a ZERO tolerance policy for protesters! NO protesters should be allowed anywhere in the entire complex! If a single sign pops up, they should be arrested immediatly! Don’t let them shter the Kiddush Hashem!

  3. So is this an honest rumor or is this just an act of corruption to convince more people to attend? which would actually be an act of robbing others of their money & many other sins C”V….


    i.e. let us not force upon ourselves for the destruction of this world again C”V-in a different way-like it was done in the days of Noach

  4. Good luck to the organisers and all the participants. Study is one the things that has kept the Jewish people going through 3,500 years of trials and tribulations. People like gathering together in positive, spiritually uplifting, co-operative events like this upcoming one at MetLife Stadium.

  5. Wow! I am so excited!

    I believe the Novominsker Rebbe and Rabbi Frand are also speaking!

    It will be a true simcha of torah!@

  6. To # 6. why are you choshesh people of doing aveiros. Why not be dan people for good.
    To #10 why ask to here loshon hara.
    Let us speak only good why say negative words

  7. What a z’chus for Mr. Shottenstein! He will be celebrated in Yeshiva Shel Maaloh as well! His s’chaar is enormous and special kudos to his son Jay for commerating this event to his late father’s memory!
    Smart decision, Jay! Your father will be proud!

  8. “And what if it rains? MetLife Stadium does not have a roof, so if there is expected precipitation, the event will be postponed to the next day, Thursday.”

    Where do you get your info from – there is no rain date.

  9. So if I have it correct, the speakers so far are:

    Rav Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe
    Rav Hager, Vizhnitz
    Rav Frand
    Rav Hillel
    Rav Lau

    hadran: Rav Kotler

    Maariv: Rav Ginsburg

    Singing: Reb Brodt and Reb Daskal

    Any other speakers or people we can know about?

  10. Will they at least, serve cold water? It might be close to 100 degree’s! Security won’t let anything in. After all, it is a Siyum!

  11. As a member of the Siyum planning committee, and an avid fan of Matzav.com, i am taking a few minutes to respond to some of the article and comments.
    1. There IS a rain date, the following day, but this decision will have to be made by 8am Wednesday. It is in the contract.
    2. There are 2,200 plasma screens throughout the stadium but they are primarily for those inside; those outside will enjoy 4 massive Jumbotrons in HD format that can be seen for miles.
    3. The original plan for the ladies section was not possible to work out; the women will all sit in the 300 section with over 2 miles of curtains being deployed for Mechitzos (for davening).
    4. You left out Reb Shlomo Daskal who will be singing together with Reb Abish Brodt.
    5. I hope you all have your tickets already:)

  12. For those still needing tickets, I heard there are still some at MySiyum.com if you call up — only $36 tickets though.


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