Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz, one of the greatest commentators of the generation …


Rabbi Adin Ibn Yisrael Steinsaltz passed away this morning (Friday) at the age of 83. Rabbi Steinsaltz, one of the greatest commentators of the last generation, was hospitalized for several days in critical condition after suffering from pneumonia. His family and students asked to pray for him, and this morning he died at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. His funeral ceremony began today at 2:00 PM on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, in the arms of his family only due to the limitations of the corona.

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Many paid tribute to Rabbi Steinsaltz, President Rivlin wrote: May his memory be blessed. “Prime Minister Netanyahu said:” His important compositions will last for generations. “

Rabbi Steinsaltz is best known for the extensive commentary he wrote on the Talmud, one of the most comprehensive and important commentaries ever written – especially in recent generations. The rabbi has raised hundreds of students in Israel and around the world who have been praying for him in recent days. He won the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies in 1988 and the Medal of the President of the State of Israel in 2012. In 2017, he received the Yakir Jerusalem Prize.

Rabbi Steinsaltz, on the right, with his son | Photo: Dana Bar Simon, Mako Judaism

The rabbi stood at the head Steinsaltz Center for Jewish Knowledge in the Nachlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem, as well He was the president of the Makor Chaim high school yeshiva in Kfar Etzion and the president of the Hesder yeshiva stuck. Apart from the Talmud, he also wrote extensive annotations to Hasidic books and the Bible. He explained the Siddur HaTefilah, the writings of Maimonides and the chapters of the patriarchs from the Mishnah. He wrote books of morals, thought and law, and his writings have been translated into many languages. Rabbi Steinsaltz was born into a secular family and repented as a teenager. In his youth, he studied chemistry and physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as Torah studies at yeshivas in Jerusalem.

In 1965, the rabbi, in cooperation with the Israeli government, founded the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications, later the Steinsaltz Center. A statement from the center read: “The Steinsaltz Center has become the enterprise of the rabbi’s life – making Judaism and the heritage of Israel accessible, translating and explaining the Babylonian Talmud to the whole world.”

His family and students have been praying for him for the past week. The rabbi’s daughter wrote: “My father fights a severe case of pneumonia (which is not related to corona), and suffers from deterioration. Please mention him in your thoughts and prayers. Who will allow us to be restored to complete health, with God’s help.”

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz | Photo: Bnei Akiva Global Spokeswoman

Many mourned him upon learning of his death. President Reuven Rivlin paid tribute to the rabbi: “Rabbi Adin was a man who had a spirit in him, with spiritual courage, depth of mind and depth of thought. Today. True to his mission and principles, he did not shy away from paving his own unique path, out of devotion to the Torah of Israel and the people of Israel. My deepest condolences to his many disciples and dear family. Of blessed memory”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote: “Rabbi Steinsaltz clearly represented the figure of the Jewish ‘perpetual’. Of the heritage of Israel, and a violinist always in his memory. ”

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bnei Gantz wrote: “Rabbi Steinletz was a great and great rabbi in understanding and contributing to the human psyche. He never distinguished between a religious and a non-religious person and left behind translations of the Gemara that will remain in the hands of the Jewish people for many generations. His closeness of hearts, is a symbol of what we need most of all in this period. His physical and spiritual heritage is an asset we will cherish. Of blessed memory”.

 Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
| Photo: Bnei Akiva Global Spokeswoman

In an interview with the “Israelis” journal of the Ben-Gurion Institute and Ben-Gurion University in 2017, Rabbi Steinsaltz said: “I never thought what would be written about my tombstone, it does not concern me so much. , But I did not do enough, I did not do even some of the things I wanted to do. I wrote so and so books, very beautiful; I gave so and so lectures, very beautiful; I wrote blue articles which are on the seashore; it is not enough. A small tree that will grow. ”

Rabbi Steinsaltz added: “In my garden I planted two cypresses years ago, one was stolen and the other was a small cypress and its head was plucked. I just took pity on it, took the head and attached it with duct tape to a stump that was still fresh. “Today, this cypress is almost three meters high, a huge tree! That’s what I would like to do, to plant a small cypress, even a little chopped, that will grow and become a large tree.”

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri wrote: “A righteous man was lost from the land. With great sorrow I heard of the passing of Rabbi Adin Ibn Yisrael Steinsaltz. The rabbi, who was a member of the Chabad Chassidut and was one of the Rebbe’s disciples, was privileged to establish yeshivas and beit midrash and to distribute Torah and Chassidut to Jews in Israel and around the world.

Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Rafi Peretz wrote: “The rabbi was the only one of his generation. A great and groundbreaking wise student, a true tzaddik.” MK Naftali Bennett wrote: “Painful is the passing of Rabbi Adin Ibn Yisrael (Steinsaltz), a fountain of the wisdom of Israel. His teachings and thought were taught by the masses of Beit Yisrael. He left behind a huge legacy of love for Israel, love of the Torah and virtues. “ MK Merav Michaeli wrote: “There are so many A. women for whom this Talmud is Steinsaltz. Adin Steinsaltz makes a huge contribution to Jewish and Israeli culture. Of blessed memory”.

Minister Miri Regev wrote: “The teachings of the rabbi and his many books will continue to shine forever in the skies of our people. My deepest condolences to the whole family. May his memory be blessed. “Former Minister Tzipi Hotovli wrote:” I mourn and grieve the great loss with the death of the late Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the spiritual grantor of our generation.

A statement from the Bnei Akiva World Movement said: “Rabbi Steinsaltz brought the Gemara from the Exclusive Beit Midrash for sages to every Jewish home. In his commentary, he made accessible to Jews all over the world the Gemara and its beauty. “.

The statement from Shaare Zedek Hospital reads: “Rabbi Steinsaltz has been a friend of Shaare Zedek for many years and has been treated with devotion in recent years due to his health condition. The rabbi’s death is a great loss to the Jewish world.


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