Not an End, a Beginning…
Siyum HaShas is coming up. Yeshivat HaMekubalim Nahar Shalom is going to be running one with Rav Ovadia Yosef, Rav Shalom Smueli, Rav Eliyahu Bakishi Doron, Rav Shlomo Amar and Rav Moshe Tzadaka and Rav Benayahu Shmueli. First I found the whole thing kind of interesting since a few of the aforementioned Rabbanim have been less than enthusiastic about Daf Yomi. Rav Ovadia has even gone on record of saying that, unless one already learns xhrs a day(I believe it was 10) and then tacks Daf Yomi onto the end one shouldn’t do it as it would be a waste of time.
As I read on in the invitation I saw what the event was really about, the launch of Zohar Yomi. Yes it will be Siyum HaShas, but these various(Sephardi) Gedolim are getting together to really launch something that they have been trying to push for years: daily reading of the Zohar.
Here’s how it is going to work. Just like Oz V’Hadar realizes regular installments of the Talmud with translation and commentary Rav Benayahu Shmueli is going to be releasing(for now for free) regular pamphlets featuring the text of the Zohar, a translation(Hebrew only) and his own commentary(which I am really excited about). The idea is that it should take the average Hebrew reader 8 to 10 minutes to read. So probably more like 15 for us slower Americans. The idea was to break up the Zohar so that the Siyum HaZohar will happen on the same day as the next Siyum HaShas(so roughly a half amud, as amud yomi of the Zohar completes two cycles ever seven years).
There is also talk of making the pamphlets available on the internet, by email delivery and even delivery to I-Phone(no that is not a joke) to help off-set the cost to the Yeshiva. This should be interesting.