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Monday, July 30, 2012


Eytan Kobre of Mishpacha Magazine reminds us of something that I recall was going around the blogs over 7 years ago:
As the Siyum HaShas approaches, I want to recall for readers something that came to light after the last siyum in 2005. I quote here the words of Rabbi Josh Spinner of the Beit Midrash of Berlin, written in May 2005, concerning the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe that had then just opened in Berlin. The memorial consists of 2,711 concrete rectangular pillars, or stelae, with heights varying from less than a meter to four meters. Rabbi Spinner wrote:
I attended the opening of the Berlin Memorial yesterday, and asked the architect, Peter Eisenman, whether indeed the number 2,711 was incidental. He responded that it was not only incidental but accidental. The number of columns intended at the site was much higher, but was reduced due to various considerations. He was shocked and amazed when I told him that the number of pages in the Talmud is none other than precisely 2,711. He asked for verification. I rushed to the business center of a nearby hotel and printed out several articles about the recent Siyum Hashas and gave them to Eisenman.…

Some five kilometers away from the Berlin Memorial, in a corner of the Beis Midrash of our Yeshiva, late in the evening after night Seder (study session) and Maariv (evening services), a small group joined the new cycle of Daf Yomi a few weeks ago. This is the first Daf Yomi chabura in Berlin in…, well, we all know in at least how many years.
The numerical correspondence is, of course, astounding enough. ...
See the rest there.

Interestingly, 2711 years ago was the year 3061, which, according to this pdf (which is ironically on the site), was the beginning of the reign of King Yehoash.  King Yehoash was the last remnant of King David's descendants not killed by the evil Queen Ataliah, saved miraculously by hiding in the Kodesh Hakodashim.  Make of that what you will.


At Tue Jul 31, 06:22:00 AM 2012, Blogger shimonmatisyahu said...

Truly by Divine Providence. As rabbis who spoke at past Siyumei HaShas have noted, the best way of memorializing the 6,000,000 Jews who perished in the Holocaust is Torah study, and that is best accomplished by Daf Yomi of the Talmud Bavli, the most widely studied Torah subject among Jews learning the same thing worldwide every day. So, while I am not saying that there should not be any physical Holocaust memorials, we would do a much big favor for the souls of those who perished in the Holocaust by studying Torah in their memory.


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