Mr. Ari Stern Named “Chassan HaShas” For Upcoming Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium [PHOTOS]


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Many of us have heard that The 13th Global Siyum HaShas is just a little over one year away. As the greatest impetus for increased limud HaTorah, The Siyum is a monumental and inspirational event for hundreds of thousands around the world. The Executive Committee of The Siyum is already hard at work at bringing the mission of The Siyum to life. The Siyum HaShas is much more than just a one time event, the initiatives of The Siyum extend well before and after.

The six Chassanei HaShas, one for each seder in Shas, are visionaries who will taken upon themselves the achrayus for the growth of their respective chelek of Shas. R’ Ari, a noted askan and Rosh v’rishon lechol davar shebikdush is the first of these Chassanei HaShas to be announced. R’ Ari comes from a long line of ba’alei chessed and machzikei Torah. R’ Ari’s grandfather founded the renowned bastion of chessed – HASC.

In celebration of this remarkable undertaking, and of R’ Ari’s appointment to the Board of Trustees of Agudas Yisroel, this past Wednesday evening, HaRav Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudas Yisroel, and the Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, Chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, were mechabeid R’ Ari by joining him for a l’chaim in his home.

At the same time, R’ Ari Stern is joining the Executive Committee of The Siyum. In his capacity as an executive committee member, R’ Ari will be joining the other committee members – Shlomo Werdiger, Shmuel Yosef Rieder, Yati Weinreb, Hashi Herzka, Dr. Dudie Diamond and Duvi Gross – in directing the 13th Global Siyum HaShas.

After warm Divrei Brachah from the Novominsker Rebbe, and Rabbi Naftali Miller, National Director of Development for Agudath Israel presented R’ Ari with a plaque containing an original copy of the contract for the Siyum HaShas in MetLife Stadium signed by the Novominsker Rebbe, Philadelphia Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Chaver Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, and Mr. Ron VanDeVeen, President and CEO of MetLife Stadium.

R’ Ari will be honored at The Siyum as one of the Chassanei HaShas. He will – in addition to standing alongside the Maschil HaShas in MetLife Stadium – also be responsible for increasing Torah learning in a way only supporters of The Siyum can. The Siyum, expected to have over 200,000 participants worldwide, will be the focal point for new Torah initiatives and projects that will add to Limud Torah for Klal Yisroel, young and old, and no matter their background. Being the largest gathering of Yidden in 2,000 years, The Siyum will be an unparalleled ribui in Kavod Shamayim.

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel, and Yati Weinreb, were also at the event. Rabbi Miller summed up the event by saying, “The support R’ Ari gives to the Lomdei HaDaf is palpable in the way that he talks about the Siyum HaShas. It is because of this that Ari is the most fitting person I can think of to be a Chassan HaShas. We are so glad that he is going to be part of every aspect of the Siyum – and the rest of the Agudah’s activities – and his involvement is an incredible chizuk for us.”


  1. As a friend of mine commented (and I tend to agree with him)
    Here is where they are going to start losing me. Let’s keep the focus on the siyum hashas and it’s honorees- all of the lomdim of the daf. If this is turned into a PR dinner style event (and don’t get me wrong, I am very impressed by Ari and all he does. He and the other askanim should be honored for their tremendous work. Make a separate event honoring those who deserve to be honored and celebrating Agudah board appointments. A siyum hashas is not the venue for it.) If this is turned into a dinner style event I and others will stick to our own smaller siyumim to celebrate this momentous occasion.

  2. I agree with Yzj. I think I could come up with way more befitting “Chassanei Hashas”. Ballei Chessed; I’m sure these people are huge! But what is the siyum hashas truly about?? Money or Torah? If it’s about Torah, then the chassanim should be people steeped in Torah. Not multi millionaires with Agudah trying to cozy up to their checkbooks.

  3. It is truly beautiful what these askanim do for the klal, but as someone above mentioned; they can be honored at say the Ahudah Convention or dinner. What’s the relevance of them to a siyum hashas- even if they themselves are making a siyum? What makes them a “chassan hashas” over any one of the thousands of others being mesayeim???

  4. ari is wonderful , but look what these gedolim need to go thru for every little support imagine shlepping the novominsker to 6 diff houses ( and these are the ballei batim that said ok i will do it ) in the rebbishe world all 6 would come to he rebbes house at once when its good for the rebbe

  5. to be done lekaf zechus – aguda needs to take the momentum of the siyum to engage yiddin to join & partner in the good work that aguda does all year. like all good things need money to run im ain kemach ain torah.

  6. Looking forward to more coverage of the siyum hashas event!! BH BH we live in such amazing times where so many yidden can freely learn! Very special

  7. 2 (if not 3) Siyum’s ago the Novominsker Rebbe gave a special thank you to Artscroll durint his speech. A very pushite yid [self describing as ‘amcha’, non-yeshivish] agreed with me that it was totally out of place at a siyum hashas.
    Last siyum sjowed video clips of different yidden proclaiming ‘I finished shas’. I cringed. Can you imagine any yid from 30 40 years ago being able to (feeling comftorable) make such a public statement?
    So you see the ‘cat’s out of the bag’ already. With each passing siyum the true flavor keeps on getting watered down. Nothing to be done. Chazal say Doros holchos umismatos.

  8. Advertising is the best way to fill 90,000 seats in an open air stadium on what could possibly be a cold and snowy day 01/01/2019. I just wonder if a maggid shiur like Yossi Gleiberman will be given this type of honor. or will it be limited to the askanim.