If you would like to see the Talmud in Hebrew/Aramaic, please click here.

If you would like to see the Talmud in English, please click here.

Dafyomi.org is a collection of resources for learning the daf yomi. The main content of dafyomi.org is the audio shiurim of the Talmud, which were given by Rav Dovid Grossman from 1985 to 1992 for the community of Los Angeles. The shiurim were originally recorded on audio cassettes and later encoded to digital format. They are presented together with the tzuras hadaf – picture of the page – from the Vilna shas, provided by E-daf.com, which is also a good resource. Other shiurim are also provided on Mishna, Chumash and holidays.

YU Torah OnlineYUTorah Online is project by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future. It provides online study of the Jewish holidays, Parsha, Halakha and Talmud.

The Dafyomi Advancement Forumoperating out of the P’nei Shmuel Synagogue of Har Nof, Jerusalem, the Kollel Iyun Hadaf scholars study the Daf in depth in the mornings and work on their computers in the afternoons, composing study material on the Daf. Visitors to Israel are welcome to stop by and meet the Kollel.

DailyGemara.com serves as an archive of Daf Yomi classes given by Rabbi Eli J. Mansour. Visitors to DailyGemara.com can select Masechet and Daf, and then click download or listen, to hear Rabbi Mansour deliver its shiur in English. Downloads are in MP3 or WMA format, and clicking ‘Play’ delivers the shiur in Real Player format.

If you have any general questions about what you’re learning, check out Ask the Rabbi and also asktherabbi.org.

***If you need a chavruta, learning aide, or Rabbi to learn with, please check out Partners in Torah.

If you have any links or resources you would like to add, please feel free to let us know.


SHAS - Shas is an abbreviation of the Hebrew “shisha sedarim,” six
orders, which relates to the six orders of the Talmud,
defining six different aspects of Jewish law.

TALMUD – The commentary on and exegesis of the Oral Law including the
MISHNA (Basic Oral Law)

GEMARA - The commentary on and exegesis of the Oral Law NOT including
the Mishna. However, TALMUD and GEMARA are often used
interchangeably.

AMUD – A single-sided page of Talmud

DAF – A double-sided page of Talmud

MASECHET / TRACTATE – One of the books of the Mishna or Talmud,
covering a specific subject or set of subjects

BAVLI - Lit. “Babylonian” – This refers to the Babylonian Talmud, which is the primary focus of study.  The smaller, Jerusalem Talmud also exists but is not part of our initiative.

CHAVRUTA - A learning partner

SIYYUM - A completion of a Tractate or any other body including the entire Talmud.  It is often celebrated with a little nosh or even a party!

JLIC – Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (often associated with Hillel)


Students Learning

The College Shas Initiative was started to connect college-age Jews around the country through Torah.  Talmud or Gemara is the study of commentary on Oral Torah Law.  These laws were given to Moshe at Har Sinai or shortly thereafter and are discussed with many deep insights and allegories.  It is worthwhile for everyone to discover the beauty of Gemara.

Completing “Shas”, a collective term for the all tractates of the Talmud, is a lofty goal that not many people ever reach.  Daf Yomi, designed for an individual to learn a double-sided page each day, is very difficult with a busy schedule, and certainly for a full-time college student.

But with this project, the College Shas Initiative, one can be part of a collaborative effort, where each individual learns anywhere from a single page to several tractates – all of which are vital to our goal!

For college students who are pressed for time, this is a great way to get into learning without the pressure of most other initiatives. With our Initiative, one can be a part of a wonderful national goal while learning at leisure.



Brachot: A tractate dealing with the laws of blessings and prayer. The first few chapters deal with the daily recital of the Shema. The middle chapters deal with the laws of prayer. This is followed by blessings on food, which then leads in to kiddush and havdalah. The ninth chapter discusses miscellaneous blessings. It includes an interesting digression on dreams and portents.

Shabbat: One of the longest and most varied tractates. It covers all the myriad laws and requirements of the Sabbath day. The tractate also contains the only Talmudic discussion of Chanukah in its second chapter. There are many philosophical sections and stories throughout. One of them is quite possibly the earliest polemic against replacement theology.

Eruvin: Mesechet Eruvin follows and expands upon Mesechet Shabbat. A large portion of Eruvin deals with the laws of carrying from one domain to another on Shabbat. The beginning specifically discusses how it is permissible to carry between the different private domains owned by different individuals. Most of Eruvin talks about intermingling of Shabbat limits.  If you enjoy numbers, you might like this Mesechet.

Pesachim: covers all aspects of the laws of Passover, both those pertaining to Temple sacrifice and modern times. The first four chapters deal with the laws of chametz and matzah, the unleavened bread. The next four deal with the Pascal lamb in Temple times. And the last chapter is a complete overview of the seder.

Shekalim: Really allows one insight into the history of the time period during the Second Temple. It deals with many things money related, from business deals, to tithes and taxes, from money dealing with offerings and sacrifices to the temple to drawing money from the treasury, and how exactly that money was spent. It discusses many interactions and special instructions for things that occurred within the Temple, from questions like, “What really occurred in the “Chamber of Silence,” and what happens if the  meat from the Kodesh Hakedoshim, the Holy of Holies (CLICK HERE), becomes defiled?

Yoma: Lit. “The Day” is a tractate dedicated to the singular holy day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. The first seven chapters deal with the High Priest’s service in the Holy of Holies. Along the way, it also discusses why the temple was destroyed and what we can do about it. The last chapter is a fascinating look at the theology of repentance.

Sukkah: deals with the laws of Sukkot, or the Holiday of Booths. The first two chapters discuss the laws of the sukkah, including the famous discussion of whether it can be built on a camel, and whether a dead elephant can be used as a wall. The next two chapters deal with the laws of the four species of plants waved on the holiday. The last chapter discusses the law of water drawing ceremony in the Temple Times. The last chapter also discusses man’s evil inclination and the end of times.

Beitzah: This Tractate primarily deals with the laws of Yom Tovim, or festivals where one is prohibited from many things, but one may do specific types of cooking. It discusses the differences between keeping one day of Yom Tov in Israel, and two outside of Israel, and how this affects specific laws. It discusses pounding spices, sending presents, the purification of vessels, roasting salted fish, and how to make a lamp during a festival. There is also a debate regarding the difference between Shabbat and Yom Tov in regards to throwing food (Halachic food fight!), what Rav Abba said when he went to Israel, and the five things which have to have been taught about burning coals.

Rosh Hashana: In addition to the discussion of the holiday of the same name, Rosh Hashana is the main tractate dealing with the Jewish Calendar. It describes the four different dates when the year could be said to start. The tractate also deals with how the High Court declared a new month and the astronomical calculations associated with this. After dealing at length with the calculations laid out by the High Court, the tractate returns to Rosh Hashana, discussing the ram’s horn blown then and the special prayer service of this holiday.

Taanit: Taanit is mainly concerned with the service of prayers and fasts for rain. Many of the famous stories about Rabbis and their prayers are contained in this tractate, including the famous story of Choni, a man who fell asleep and woke up seventy years later, and his circle. The last chapter is about the public fasts over the Temple, the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Ab. It concludes with a discussion of Yom Kippur and the 15th of Ab when, in Temple times, the unmarried women would dance in the vineyards in search of husbands.

Megillah: This Tractate is dedicated to the Holiday of Purim. The first part of the tractate deals with the days when the Scroll of Esther is read, and the origin of the separate Purim for walled cities such as Jerusalem. Megillah contains many parables and Rabbinic expansions of the Purim story. It also contains a list of the seven prophetesses mentioned in the Bible. The last section deals with the Torah readings for all the holidays both in Israel and outside.

Moed Katan: Deals with the laws of Chol Hamoed, the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot. Unlike the first and last days of these holidays when all work but cooking is forbidden, on Chol Hamoed most work is permitted. The tractate discusses the parameters of this permission. The tractate also contains the laws of mourning, and this section is one of the few sections of Talmud studied during the first week of the mourning period.

Chagiga: The first half of Chagiga discusses the burnt and peace offerings brought by those making pilgrimage to the temple during the festivals of Passover, Shvuot, and Sukkot. The tractate then switches to a discussion of the secrets of the Bible, the stories of the Creation of the World and the vision of G-d’s Chariot shown to Ezekiel the prophet. The last half of the book discusses the complicated laws of purity and impurity, as they pertain to those preparing to visit the Temple.

Yevamot: Beginning with the Biblical law relating to the duty of a man to marry his deceased brother’s childless widow, the Tractate deals generally with prohibited marriages, the ceremony of halizah, and the right of a minor to have her marriage annulled.

Ketuvot: The laws of marriage and marriage settlements. Treats of the settlement made upon the bride, the fine paid for seduction, the mutual obligations of husband and wife, and the rights of a widow and stepchild.

Nedarim: Describes the various forms a vow may take, the kinds of vows which are invalid, how they may be renounced, and the power of annulling them when made by a wife or daughter.

Nazir: Discusses what constitutes a Nazirite’s vow, and how it may be renounced; enumerates what is forbidden to a Nazirite and deals finally with the case where the vow is taken by women and slaves.

Sotah: (Suspected Adulteress). The main theme is the ordeal imposed upon a woman whose husband suspects her of infidelity, and its ritual. Other subjects dealt with are religious formulae which may be made in any language or only in Hebrew, the seven types of Pharisees, the reforms instituted by John Hyrcanus, and the Civil War between Aristobulus and Hyrcanus.

Gittin: (Bills of divorce). The  various circumstances attending the delivery of the bill of divorce to the woman when the marriage is to be dissolved.

Kiddushin:   This Tractate deals primarily with the laws of marriage. There are many interesting stories that are found in this Tractate: a man fighting a seven-headed serpent with the power of prayer, the three ways one is required to acquisition a woman in marriage, the intricacies of divorce, slavery, property law, the laws women are not obligated in, analysis of Ecclesiastes/Kohellet, the laws for bachelors, and the professions that one should attempt to educate their child in.

Bava Kamma: On damage caused to property; injuries perpetrated on the person with or without criminality; and cases of compensation for theft, robbery and violence.

Bava Metzi’a: Laws relating to found property, bailments, sale and exchange; defrauding; interest; hiring of laborers and cattle; renting and leasing; joint-ownership in dwellings and fields.

Bava Batra: Deals with laws concerning the division of property held in partnership; restrictions in respect of private and public property; established rights of ownership; acquisition of property; hereditary succession, and drafting of documents.

Sanhedrin:  This tractate is concerned with Courts of Justice and their composition; trials, arbitration, judicial procedure in monetary and capital cases; prescriptions for death sentences; and Dogmas of the Jewish Religion.

Makkot: Treats of the punishment of perjurers; the Cities of Refuge; the offences punishable by lashes and the regulations for the administration of stripes.

Shevuot: Deals with the various forms of oaths made privately and also those administered (i) to witnesses, (ii) to litigants, (iii) to wardens.

Avodah Zarah: Deals with festivals, rites and cults of idolaters, and prescribes regulations concerning association and social intercourse with heathens.

Horayot: Deals with erroneous rulings in matters of ritual law by religious authorities.

Eduyot (sometimes coupled with Horayot): A collection of miscellaneous traditions of earlier authorities cited in the Academy on the day when Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah was elected as its head.

Zevachim: Contains the laws of sacrifices as well as a description of Temple life. The fifth chapter of Zevachim, duscussing the locations and different forms of service is the only chapter in the entire mishna to contain no arguments. The Talmud, though, contains plenty!

Menachot: Deals with the laws of flour offerings, matzahs, and show breads used in Temple service. Although worth less money than bulls, the flour offerings were highly valued by the sages. Oddly, the tractate also contains the laws of making the phylacteries worn on the hand and head during prayer.

Chullin: Chullin means non-sacred food, and this tractate is devoted to the laws of Kashrut. The first section deals with the laws of slaughter. It progresses to discussing the sciatic nerve, where the angel wounded Jacob. It also contains the laws of milk and meat, as well as lesser known kashrut laws like slaughtering a mother and child on the same day, which fats are kosher, and how come meat looks red if Jews get all the blood out.

Bechorot: Contains all the laws of firstborn. Firstborn children are redeemed with money given to the priests. Firstborn sheep, goats, and cows are brought to the temple and used as sacrifices. The firstborn of donkeys must be either redeemed with a sheep or killed, and this is one of the few torah laws pertaining to the sanctity of non-kosher animals.

Erachin: An erech is a vow to dedicate one’s self-worth to the Temple. But how can the worth of a person be measured? The tractate also contains the laws of gossip and slander, famously stating that the Jewish fate in the Sinai desert was sealed only with slander. And if the Spies sinned so badly by talking about mere unfeeling rocks and dirt, how much more careful must we be when speaking about fellow humans!

Temurah: Deals with the laws of exchanging the animal one vowed to sacrifice for another. Obviously, one cannot sacrifice an inferior animal instead of a more valuable, but one also cannot  sacrifice a valuable animal in the place of a less valuable one. For words have sanctity, and once one dedicates property to G-d, the act cannot be undone. The laws are somewhat cryptic, famously starting with the words “Anyone can substitute, but substitutions are not allowed”.

Keritut: This tractate deals with the most severe penalty in Judaism, the Excision of a soul from Heaven and the Jewish people. There are thirty six sins that lead to this punishment, and they are enumerated here. Even the unintentional violation is a serious matter, and it must be atoned with a sacrifice. But for the intentional violation, there is only repentance.

Meila: A short tractate dealing with the laws of misuse of Temple property, purposeful or accidental. Many rabbis believe that these laws still apply today if one were to injure the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

Tamid is an only-mishnah section dealing with the daily procedure and order of sacrifices. It also contains, as a bonus,Middot which deals with the dimensions and layout of the Second Temple. The Order of Kodshim concludes with the laws of bird offerings, which are always brought in pairs. Intricate algebraic proofs are written about what happens when one bird flies away or two pairs intermix.

Niddah: Niddah is the only Babylonian Talmud on the Order of Taharot, the laws of ritual purity. This section deals with the laws of family purity, childbirth, and mikveh.


Sha”s is an abbreviation of the Hebrew “shisha sedarim,” six orders, which relates to the six orders of the Talmud, defining six different aspects of Jewish law.

It contains the discussion of the Jewish law and its practice. The orders in Shas are: Zera’im (on agriculture), Mo’ed (the festivals and holy times), Nashim (women, marriage), Neziqin (damages, typical criminal law), Kadshim (the Holies, sacrificial laws), and Tehorot (purities) (for more info on the Orders and their Masechtot (Tractates), click here.


Who is eligible to participate in the College Shas Initiative?

The program was created with the fifteen JLIC universities in mind. However any Jewish young adult with some connection to a college campus is welcome to participate. Current participants include students, grad students, recent alumni, and regulars at several of the Campus Minyanim.

Why should I learn Rashi?

Rashi is the premiere commentator on the Talmud, and no discussion of a Gemara topic is complete without knowing Rashi’s thoughts on the matter. In addition, reading another’s thought on a particular topic is a good way to gauge your own understanding of it.

What if I don’t know Aramaic?

You can start by learning in English, but we feel that in order to really understand a text, you have to read it in the original language, and here that is Hebrew and Aramaic. If you need help, there are many people in your community who would be happy to learn with you, or you can use ArtScroll or another translation as a guide.

Is it really possible to finish the entire Talmud Bavli?

It does sound like a lot. But consider this. If just one person from each JLIC university learned a daf a day, we could reach our goal. If just ten people at each university learn something over the weekend, we will be well on our way to accomplishing our goals. What no one student could do alone, we can accomplish when we come together.

My favorite daf or mesechet was taken. Can I learn it anyway?

You can still participate in the project by learning what someone else already claimed. However, in order to finish, we need as little overlap as possible. After all there are 2711 pages to cover.

How much do I have to learn, in order to participate?

You can sign up for anything you like! Whether it is one page or an entire tractate, we appreciate whatever you can do! Thanks so much!!!

Can I learn with a group or a chavruta?

By all means. In fact, we at the College Shas Initiative feel that Talmud study is most rewarding when discussed with others. If you are reserving a daf together with someone, please include both your names in the name field and choose one of your email addresses. If learning with a group, use the Rabbi or group organizer’s name.

I am a young Jewish adult who is not associated with any university. Can I still learn and participate in the siyyum?

You can indeed!

My university DOES have a JLIC program, but I don’t see it listed as one of the participating universities on the front page.

Your university was invited, but your JLIC Rabbi or student leaders have not yet accepted the invitation. Make sure they know about the program, and be sure to tell them your interest. Please have you or them contact us and we will make sure to add your school to the list.

My university does not have a JLIC. Can I still participate?

Indeed, you can. Please see the web page sidebar for info on reserving dapim (pages). Just remember to input your email and school, so we can find you. Also, please spread the word to see if others from your school are interested in this program. Thank you so much!

What are good resources to help me?

Please see our links page, but the best resource is someone else. Try discussing your learning with a friend or Rav. You will find it helps your understanding immensely. If this is not an option, thee are many wonderful websites and resources that are available on the web or feel free to ask us for assistance. Again, please see our links page or check out our resourse video on our YouTube page


“Our Mission”

Our goal is to bring young Jews across the country together with a feeling of importance and accomplishment. We want to make people feel that they are truly part of something special and part of a special People. For college students who are pressed for time, The Shas Initiative is a great way to get into learning without the pressure of time, unlike some other organizations. With our Initiative, one can be a part of a wonderful national goal while learning at leisure.

OUR GOALS:

1.  To bring people around the world together to learn Talmud.

2. To learn all of Shas, one student at a time

3. To appreciateTalmud’s importance and use it as a tool to enhance people’s love of Judaism.


4. To encourage those who have learned Talmud previously but have not done so for a long time or have become disenfranchised, to learn once more.


5. To show Jews who have never learned Talmud before the beauty of Torah (specifically, the Gemara)


What is the College Shas Initiative?

 TheCollegeShasInitiativeUpper

  •  “Shas” is a term for “Shishah Sidrei Mishnah” (Six orders of teaching) and is a collective term for the entire Talmud (a detailed discussion and analysis of Jewish Oral Law).

 

  • The goal is to collectively complete the entire Talmud (all 38 tractates) in one school year, with each participant learning as little or as much as he or she wants and to promote Talmud learning on campus, especially for those who have never learned Talmud or cannot remember the last time they did.

 

  • Even one who learns only one side of a page of Talmud, and is part of this collaborative effort, will have accomplished learning akin to the entire Talmud.

 

  • We are hoping to have a major inter-collegiate siyyum (completion celebration) after Passover for everyone who has taken part in this endeavor. (But this can only happen if we actually finish the entire Talmud! So, we need your help!)

 

 

“Our Mission”The purpose of this project is threefold:

 

1) To show Jews who have never learned before the beauty of Torah, and specifically, the Gemara (Talmud)

 

2) To encourage those who have learned Gemara previously but have not done so for a long time or have become disenfranchised.  Hopefully, both of these groups can begin to appreciate its importance and use it as a tool to love Judaism more.

 

3) THIS IS THE BIGGEST ONE – to bring young Jews across the country together with a feeling of importance and accomplishment.  To make people feel that they are truly part of something special and part of a special People.

 

“Our Goal” – To collective complete the entire Talmud by Pesach and to hopefully have a large siyyum (completion celebration) for everyone who has participated!


The College Shas Initiative was initially envisioned by Sammy Sacks in 2009 and expanded into practicality by the hard work of Elon Weintraub, Brian Wartell and Atara Chouake. Other contributors to this project were Scott Silver and Binyomin Burke.

Sammy Sacks Elon Weintraub Brian Wartell Alyssa Atara

The  goal of the Shas Initiative is to promote Talmud Learning on Campus. Each person or groups of people sign up to learn (at least) one daf / page of Talmud. A daf is two sides of a single page. To sign up for a daf or page, please click on Do A Daf.

  • You can learn any Masechet / Tractate you choose, and any pages you desire.
  • Upon completing a daf or set of dapim, please go to Finished A Daf.
  • You can also check our database (What’s Been Done) to see what has been already learned, and what has not been learned yet.
  •  We are hoping to have a major inter-collegiate siyyum / learning party after Passover for everyone who has taken part in this initiative. We encourage you to not just read the page in English, but to learn the original Arameic, and utilize the translation as a mere enhancer for your learning. We would also encourage you to use Rashi, a commentary on the Talmud, to enhance your learning and basic understanding of the page.
  • What is Shas? Shas are the six orders which define the six different aspects of Jewish law, and Shas is the discussion of the Jewish law and its practice. It was written during the height of Jewish Scholarly thought. Shas was written because the Rabbis were afraid would forget the point of learning, and the joy of learning. The Shas Initiative was started to make what seemed the impossible possible- to make the joy of Gemara learning spread over every college campus.