R. Adin Steinsaltz on "The Challenge of Educating for Meaningful Tefillah"
Tuesday, June 5th Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz spoke with a group of Torah
educators about the challenges of inspiring our students to meaningfulness
in our daily prayer. Rabbi Steinsaltz, the world reknowned
teacher, scholar, and author, has written extensively on the topic of
Jewish prayer. Among his best-selling works are a two-volume Hebrew
compendium Ha-Tefillah ve-HaSiddur, available in English from Random House
as A Guide to Jewish Prayer.
R. Steinsaltz responding to questions from ATID Fellows and Faculty at a
dinner reception before his presentation.
Steinsaltz was born in Jerusalem in 1937. Alongside his Jewish studies and
rabbinical ordination he also studied Mathematics and Chemistry at the
Hebrew University. After graduating, he established a number of
experimental educational institutions in various parts of Israel and, at
the age of 24, he was the youngest school principal in Israel.
In 1965, with the encouragement of Israeli President Zalman Shazar,
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, and Knesset Chairman Kadish Luz, he founded
The Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications, and since then he has been
working on his monumental project of translating and reinterpreting the
Talmud. This new edition of the Talmud, of which 30 volumes have thus far
been published, has made the Talmud accessible to tens of thousands of
In 1989 he began producing an English Edition of this Talmud with
Random House, Inc. The Talmud project has been acclaimed as the most
important Judaica publication of the century.
For more on the Talmud project,
In 1984, Rabbi Steinsaltz founded the Mekor Chaim Educational
Institutions in Jerusalem, with 400 students from preschool through
yeshiva high-school. These institutions strive to create integrated
religious personalities capable of helping bridge the enormous gaps that
have developed among the Jewish people.
In 1988, Rabbi Steinsaltz received the Israel Prize - Israel's highest
honor. In 1989 the Rabbi established a Russian branch of Mekor
Chaim the first Jewish institution to receive official recognition in the
former Soviet Union. Since then, he has established in Moscow the Open
Jewish University, the Lamed umbrella organization of teachers of Jewish
tradition throughout the former Soviet Union, and the Institute for
In November of 1995, Rabbi Steinsaltz was invited by the Chief Rabbis of
Russia and communal representatives to assume the position of "Duchovny
Ravin," Spiritual Leader of Russian Jewry. In 1996, the inaugural
Russian edition of the Steinsaltz Talmud was published -- the first to be
printed in modern Russian. That summer, Rabbi Steinsaltz's commentary on
Pirkei Avot was published in Chinese, by the Chinese National Academy of
Social Sciences. The Rabbi also led seminars at the Universities of
Shanghai and Beijing.
The Rabbi has written numerous books and articles dealing with a large
variety of topics. His books and articles have been translated to English,
Russian, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Georgian, and even
Chinese and Japanese.
For a list of his publications,
The Rabbi has developed a reputation as a profound spiritual leader who
does not belong to any social, religious or political organization. His
advice is sought by statesmen and by simple people and his opinions are
frequently aired in the printed and electronic media. Rabbi Steinsaltz
lives in Jerusalem with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Courtesy of www.steinsaltz.com