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Twenty years ago, I was sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the War Memorial building in Baltimore. I went to the ceremony as a duty, not seeing it as a particularly exciting or momentous way to spend a chunk of the day. That was not the case for the person seated next to me.
Semichas chaver program, Torah initiatives’ in-depth halacha program hosted its annual siyum in this past week in Florida, Baltimore and NY. Thousands of misaymim and their families joined the siyumim to celebrate their incredible accomplishment. Moshe Brandsdorfer, Torah Initiatives’ executive director commented, “The Semichas Chaver Siyum is a family celebration as the program is designed