Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin, the founding Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Chochmei Lublin, and an esteemed luminary of his generation across the world of Jewish study, proposed a universal calendar for studying the entire Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud) on the basis of a double page a day, for 2711 days, thus completing the cycle in about 7 years. His aim was to foster Jewish learning, commitment and unity, and he launched the project at the First World Congress of Agudath Yisrael, in Vienna, on 11th September 1923 (5683), from where it spread to leading yeshivot and religious authorities.
This amazingly simple concept took off immediately in E. Europe and only post-war around the world – being officially adopted in the pre-state Yishuv in 1947, as well as in the USA, Canada and Great Britain - learning in yeshivot, informal groups, formal shiurim and hevrutot. The eleventh and current cycle ends on 21st Adar I, 5765 (1st-2nd March 2005) and there is a celebratory siyum in Tel Aviv on 1st March (Hebrew, Yiddish) and in Jerusalem on 2nd March (English, Russian).
Today, audio cassettes, online streamed, live, or downloadable video, audio with text classes/files, email lists, CDs, conference calls, discussion boards, Palm versions, ShasPod, and the like, make the Daf Yomi available to the widest ever audience worldwide in several languages - with the majority of such online resources being free of charge (donations are usually welcome!). You can naturally still attend real live shiurim, some of them also web-casted or web-published, but the convenience of access to online or offline shiurim in digital and recorded formats has revolutionized the Daf Yomi for commuters, students, and busy individuals worldwide. If you travel on the Inwood Long Island Railroad to Manhattan early enough in the morning, you can even follow a live lesson on wheels.
Hebrew (monthly) http://www.hadafhayomi.co.il/index.php?a=calendar/calendar
English, French, (today) – click from the home page in each language.
Yiddish (monthly – click from the home page in Yiddish.
English (cycle) http://dafyomi.shemayisrael.co.il/calendars/calendar.htm
English (interactive calculators for the Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi, Mishnah, plus "Yomilator" Palm option) http://www.bobnewell.net/#yomi
Siyum 5765 http://www.dafyomi.co.il/siyum/siyum11.htm
About Rabbi Meir Shapira http://www.dafyomi.co.il/blaze.htm
Daf Yomi Website Timesaver – Indexes and Collected Links
English focus, Yiddish, Hebrew, plus integrated Hebrew e-Daf pages: text, cassettes, videos, CD, audio, dial-a-Daf, email, plus background sites
English focus, Yiddish, Hebrew, Italian, discussion groups, background sites, e-Daf link, Talmud with embedded Rashi, online Structured Mishnah, Mishnah Yomit (Daily Mishnah) links for full text and study
Index/Collection: Gemarah resources and Daf Yomi, Hebrew (English) on Israeli websites, 2pp.
Hebrew, with Yiddish, English, French
Real Live Shiurim
Daf Yomi shiurim worldwide (excl. Israel)
Daf Yomi worldwide
Tractates on Track
Yerushalmi Daf Yomi, audio (2 pages a day, full cycle)
Spanish Daf Yomi, partial, mp3
Methods and different cycles of Daf Yomi, tools, review, study
Daf Yomi Discussion board