Love of the Land

For the week ending 23 July 2005 / 16 Tammuz 5765

The Special Siyum

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The great celebration which surrounded the Siyum HaShas of the Daf Yomi cycle a few months ago recalled a very special Siyum HaShas made by the rav of Yerusalayim a couple of generations ago.

Rabbi Reuven Zelig Bengis was renowned not only for his vast Torah knowledge but also for using every available moment that was free from his communal duties to study Torah. He had made many siyumim on the entire Talmud so it struck his admirers as unusual that he was so excited about a particular siyum he made in his late years.

Rabbi Bengis explained that this was a special siyum because it was made possible by the learning he did over all the years while waiting for a wedding or other event to begin. He used each of those precious minutes to learn another page of gemara until he finally completed the entire Talmud from those fragments of time.

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