25 Facts About Adin Steinsaltz


Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz was an Israeli Chabad Chasidic rabbi, teacher, philosopher, social critic, author, translator and publisher.


Adin Steinsaltz was a recipient of the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies, the President's Medal, and the Yakir Yerushalayim prize.


Adin Steinsaltz died in Jerusalem on 7 August 2020 from acute pneumonia.


Adin Steinsaltz was born in Jerusalem on 11 July 1937 to Avraham Steinsaltz and Leah.


Adin Steinsaltz's father was a great-grandson of the first Slonimer Rebbe, Avrohom Weinberg, and was a student of Hillel Zeitlin.


Avraham Adin Steinsaltz, a devoted communist and member of Lehi, went to Spain in 1936 to fight with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War.


Adin Steinsaltz became a baal teshuva during his teenage years and learned from Rabbi Shmuel Elazar Heilprin.


Adin Steinsaltz studied mathematics, physics, and chemistry at the Hebrew University, in addition to rabbinical studies at Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim in Lod and with Rabbis Dov Ber Eliezrov and Shmaryahu Noach Sasonkin.


Adin Steinsaltz completed his Hebrew edition of the entire Babylonian Talmud in November 2010, at which time Koren Publishers Jerusalem became the publisher of all of his works, including the Talmud.


Adin Steinsaltz established Yeshivat Mekor Chaim alongside Rabbis Menachem Froman and Shagar in 1984 and Yeshivat Tekoa in 1999.


Adin Steinsaltz served as president of the Shefa Middle and High Schools.


Adin Steinsaltz has served as scholar in residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.


Besides Chabad, Adin Steinsaltz was inspired by the teachings of the Kotzker Rebbe.


Adin Steinsaltz was in close contact with the fifth Gerrer Rebbe, Yisroel Alter, and his brother and successor, Simcha Bunim Alter.


In 2016, Adin Steinsaltz suffered a stroke, leaving him unable to speak.


Adin Steinsaltz died in Jerusalem on 7 August 2020, from acute pneumonia, at the Shaare Tzedek Medical Center.


Adin Steinsaltz was hospitalized earlier in the week with a severe lung infection.


Adin Steinsaltz accepted the position as Nasi of the 2004 attempt to revive the Sanhedrin.


Adin Steinsaltz was a prolific author and commentator who wrote numerous books on Jewish knowledge, tradition and culture, and produced original commentaries on the entirety of the Jewish canon: Tanakh, the Babylonian Talmud, the Mishna, the Mishneh Torah, and Tanya.


Adin Steinsaltz was invited to speak at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies at Yale University in 1979.


On 21 April 1988, Adin Steinsaltz received the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies.


On 9 February 2012, Adin Steinsaltz was honored by Israeli President Shimon Peres with Israel's first President's Prize alongside Zubin Mehta, Uri Slonim, Henry Kissinger, Judy Feld Carr, and the Rashi Foundation.


On 10 June 2018, Adin Steinsaltz was honored at a Gala Dinner at the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem for his pedagogical achievements throughout a lifetime dedicated to Jewish education.


However, in 1989, when the English version appeared, Steinsaltz faced a fierce backlash from many leading rabbis in Israel such as Elazar Shach, Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, Eliezer Waldenberg, Nissim Karelitz, Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, and Shmuel Wosner, who harshly condemned his work and other publications.


Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, who studied under Adin Steinsaltz, notes that Adin Steinsaltz "is a world scholar" who "revolutionized the Jewish landscape" through his commentary, other writings, and educational organizations.