There is tight security at the stadium where some 90,000 Orthodox Jews will gather Wednesday night for a celebration of Jewish faith. New Jersey Reporter Brian Thompson gets exclusive access. (Published Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012)
For two years, Rabbi Yosef C. Golding has worked toward figuring out how to turn a football stadium into a synagogue for 90,000 worshippers.
Many meetings, miles of fabric and millions of pieces of paper were needed to come up with the answer.
Rabbi Golding is in charge of what organizers are calling the "largest celebration of Jewish learning in the last 2,000 years." Nearly 100,000 will gather at MetLife Stadium to celebrate the completion of the reading of the Talmud, the book of Jewish laws and traditions.
The celebration marks the completion of the daily reading and study of the 2,711-page book, one page per day. The cycle takes about 7½ years to finish.
Organizers say Wednesday night's celebration will be the largest yet. More than 90,000 tickets have been sold, and others will gather at locations worldwide to watch the celebration.
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Published at 3:54 PM EDT on Aug 1, 2012
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