Chabad Lubavitch mourns the passing Friday morning of Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael Steinsaltz.
A towering figure of Jewish scholarship, Rabbi Steinsaltz pioneered the study of Talmud among the uninitiated. The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition—the rabbi’s groundbreaking translation from Aramaic into modern Hebrew and then into English—introduced the study of Talmud to the lay public. Through his commentaries, translations and his prolific works, he also brought classical Chasidic texts and teachings to a wide, contemporary audience.
Teacher and mentor at yeshivas in Israel and elsewhere, Rabbi Steinsaltz nurtured an enduring passion for Jewish study and a sustaining love for the Jewish People among his Jewish students.
Rabbi Steinsaltz was a deeply devoted Chasid of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. In his book My Rebbe, he wrote of the Chasid-Rebbe relationship as it shaped his life’s work, and of the Rebbe’s profound influence on him in matters personal and professional.
Upon the passing of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai—the founder of the Academy of Yavneh and the spiritual leader of Jewry as it emerged after the destruction of the second Temple—the Mishna says, “the splendor of wisdom ceased.” The sentiment now resonates with Rabbi Steinsaltz’s students, mentees and admirers.
An interview with Rabbi Steinsaltz: https://www.lubavitch.com/interview-rabbi-adin-steinsaltz-on-the-lubavitcher-rebbe/