Despite yeridat hadorot - the diminution of the spiritual level of subsequent generations - it is evident that in our generation, gemara learning has spread to wider and wider layers of the Jewish people. This tendency is due especially to R' Meir Shapiro's founding of the Daf Yomi, which today unites hundreds of thousands of Jews around a communal learning of the same gemara page. This new learning is unique also in its rampant mobility - gemara is learned on the bus and train to work, before and after prayers, and in short in every possible place where Jews can 'catch' another mitzva. To these working Jews we must add the tens of thousands of devoted yungeleit of our generation, in Israel and abroad, who also 'catch,' between their regular learning periods and at every opportunity, another moment for gemara. read more