Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
Towering scholar, teacher, philosopher, mystic, scientist, social critic and prolific author, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz is internationally regarded as one of the leading rabbis of the 20th/21st centuries. Braving the ire of traditionalists, Rabbi Steinsaltz has taken the study of the Talmud out from behind closed doors and given it to all of us through his monumental work of translation and commentary on the Talmud
Continuing his work as a teacher and spiritual mentor, Rabbi Steinsaltz established a network of schools and educational institutions in Israel. In 1988 he was invited to open a Judaic Studies Center in Moscow, the first such institution in sixty years, and to supervise the inventory and replication of the Soviet Union's vast libraries and archives of Judaica. In the same year, Rabbi Steinsaltz was awarded the Israel Prize, Israel's highest honor, in recognition of his lifelong achievements in Jewish education.
The Rabbi has authored some sixty books
, including his new widely acclaimed book on the Lubavichter Rebbe "My Rebbe" and he has written hundreds of articles
on varied subjects ranging from theology and Jewish practice, through a celebrated work of mystical thought (The Thirteen Petalled Rose
), to zoology and social commentary. Rabbi Steinsaltz presides over several educational institutions.
He is a renowned speaker who is sought after by numerous institutes around the world, to impart and share his knowledge and teachings.
Born in Jerusalem in 1937 to secular parents, Rabbi Steinsaltz studied physics and chemistry at the Hebrew University. At the age of 24, he became the youngest school principal in Israel. Rabbi Steinsaltz extraordinary resume includes his having been a resident scholar at Yale University, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C. His honorary degrees include doctorates from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Bar Ilan University, Brandeis University, Yeshiva University and Florida International University.
Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz is a teacher, philosopher, social critic, and spiritual mentor, who has been hailed by Time magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar". He has devoted his life to making the Talmud accessible to all and promoting Jewish knowledge.
To learn more about the Rabbi and his work visit: Aleph Society.
Shefa was founded in 70's as the umbrella organization of all the Rabbi's operations and to promote the endeavor of "Let my people know".