February 25, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Daf Yomi: At last is heard a disparaging word

Rabbi Gidon Rothstein disses the daf:

The upcoming celebration of the completion of another cycle of Daf haYomi presents the paradox of a practice with great staying power despite the rigor of its demands and the minimal results it produces....

...[Daf Yomi] is ultimately destructive for implementing study of Torah as a central value of the Jewish religion and of avodat Hashem.


The rab is right, you know.

A page a day is nearly all-consuming. And it keeps you from studying other things.

Posted by: Eliezer Pennywhistler at February 25, 2005 6:45 PM

OK, but where are the world wide alternatives?

i think they should organize alternatives for women. if they also have alternatives for men, then maybe there will be less of a feeling that alternatives to gemara are "second class."

So do the critics organize a perek of nach a day, some S"A every day, etc?

What would be really useful IMO is going through aggadata - if you keep up with daf yomi but stick to aggadata, it's very bite size.

But I don't see the critics of daf yomi organizing anything on a large scale.

Posted by: ispaklarya at February 27, 2005 1:02 AM

The Rabbi's concerns are real yet I would feel more at ease if he cited other than his own opinion.
Also I question that despite the breakneck pace of the daily daf there is an intimate sense of connection with the daf as well as Torah generally. If anything the sense of how much is left behinfd for the sake of keeping up should leave the student with an awe as to Torah's depth and the profoundity of the Author's psyche. Indeed each daf albeit a glimpse opens vistas on G-D's perception of society,life and how each can be in harmony with His design.
True there are those who challenge Daf Yomi's value but in these days the more Torah in any form under the ruburic of Yirat Shamayyim is an undoubtly good thing.

Posted by: Binyamin Antin at March 16, 2005 2:00 PM
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