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Talmud Celebration Both Serious And Joyous

Tens of thousands of people have celebrated the completion of the reading of the Talmud at what was billed as the world’s largest synagogue — at least for one night.

Orthodox Jews gather to celebrate the completion of study of the entire Talmud religious text at MetLife Stadium
Orthodox Jews gather to celebrate the completion of study of the entire Talmud religious text at MetLife Stadium (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

MetLife Stadium was transformed Wednesday as rabbis prayed and gave speeches for about five hours. At one point the religious leaders began singing, wrapping their arms around one another and
rocking on the dais. The crowd joined in.

Portions of the program were somber, though. It was dedicated to victims of the Holocaust.

The celebration marks the completion of the daily reading and study of one page of the 2,711-page book of Jewish laws and traditions. The cycle takes about seven and a half years to finish.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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