Netanyahu added: “I grew up close to Rabbi Steinsaltz in the Jerusalem of my childhood, but I only got to know him personally years later. I met with him several times at his home, and heard his fascinating lessons that always made me wiser. Bible, sage, history, philosophy, culture, linguistics, etc. I also read in his books that are steeped in wisdom and knowledge, thought and faith.
Rabbi Steinsaltz clearly represented the figure of the Jewish “constant.” He invested incessant labor in his interpretive endeavors, chief among them the commentary on the Talmud which makes the study of the Gemara accessible to the general public in clear and comprehensible language. His important works will stand for generations – as cornerstones of the heritage of Israel, and a violinist always in his memory.
Rabbi Steinsaltz’s love of Israel was greatly influenced by his closeness to Rabbi Lubavitch and the Chabad Chassidim. Man and love for the people of Israel.
I send my deepest condolences to the Steinsaltz family and the tens of thousands of the rabbi’s students in Israel and around the world.
Of blessed memory.”