A man of peace and kindness, Rabbi Steinsaltz dedicated his life to Judaism and education, the study of Talmud and Chassidut, philosophy and writing on all religions.
With great sadness and sense of loss, it was announced today that one of the greatest commentators on Judaism of our generation, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, passed away today in Jerusalem, aged 83, after suffering from acute pneumonia.
Rabbi Steinsaltz was born in Jerusalem in 1937. After graduating in chemistry and physics from the Hebrew University, he began his career as an educator and worked as a school principal in Jerusalem and wrote a great many varied Jewish books.
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His work earned him recognition and praise in Israel and around the world. Time magazine called him a “once-in-a-millennium scholar”, while the long list of awards and degrees he received included the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies in 1988, the President’s Medal in 2012, the Yakir Yerushalayim (Beloved of Jerusalem) Medal in 2017, and honorary doctorates from Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, and Yeshiva University in New York, among other honors.
Of note, the US Library of Congress, recently announced the acceptance into its catalogue of an English translation of an extensive work about the Steinsaltz Center and its work.
The Steinsaltz Center in Jerusalem
has served as an umbrella organization, coordinating the Rabbi’s various activities and initiaitves – and it will continue to do so in his memory. The organization includes a book publishing house, and works to establish educational institutions, and promote informal education projects. The center remains dedicated to promoting the Rabbi’s vision of making Jewish learnings and Jewish culture accessible to all.
The funeral procession will leave for the Mount of Olives at 14.00 (Israel time) today. In accordance with Jerusalem custom, there will be no eulogies.
The family requests that due to coronavirus, the public does not attend in person. The funeral can be viewed live on the dedicated page below: