Rav Adin Steinzaltz

Rabbi Steinzaltz (he should live and be well) has been a regular member of the Shabbat minyan in the Tzemach Tzedek synagogue since the inception of the minyan after the Six-day War.  The gabbai of the minyan, R’ Shia Yuzevitz, refers to R’ Steinzaltz as the mara d’atra, the “local Rav” of the Tzemach Tzedek synagogue. Indeed every Shabbat people approach Rav Steinzalatz  for advice and blessings and just to say ‘hello.’  Additionally he delivers the twice-annual “sermons” on Shabbat Tshuva (between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) and on Shabbat Hagadol (before Pesach).  Without a doubt, R’ Steinzaltz is the most celebrated and distinguished Chabad chasid in Jerusalem, and possibly in Israel and the world today.  The following is from Wikipedia:

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is a teacher, philosopher, social critic and prolific author who has been hailed by Time magazine as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar.” His lifelong work in Jewish education earned him the Israel Prize, his country’s highest honor.

Born in Jerusalem in 1937 to secular parents, Rabbi Steinsaltz studied physics and chemistry at the Hebrew University. He established several experimental schools and, at the age of 24, became Israel’s youngest school principal.

In 1965, he began his monumental Hebrew translation and commentary on the Talmud. To date, he has published 45 of the anticipated 46 volumes and is due to publish the last book in the series in November, 2010. The Rabbi’s classic work of Kabbalah, The Thirteen Petalled Rose, was first published in 1980 and now appears in eight languages. In all, Rabbi Steinsaltz has authored some 60 books and hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from zoology to theology to social commentary.

Continuing his work as a teacher and spiritual mentor, Rabbi Steinsaltz established a network of schools and educational institutions in Israeland the former Soviet Union. He has served as scholar in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University. His honorary degrees include doctorates from Yeshiva University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Bar Ilan University, Brandeis University, and Florida International University.

Rabbi Steinsaltz lives in Jerusalem. He and his wife have three children and 15 grandchildren.

To view Rabbi Steinsaltz’s full CV, click here.

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