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Location: Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
Occupation: Rabbi, Scholar, Philospher, Author, Nascent Sanhederin Nasi, Physicist, Mathematician and Chemist
Managed by: Yigal Burstein / יגאל בורשטיין
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About Adin עדין Steinsaltz / Even Yisrael / שטיינזלץ

Adin Steinsaltz,1988, Time magazine praised him as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar," is a noted rabbi, scholar, philosopher, social critic and author world wide whose background also includes extensive scientific training. A champion for open access to Jewish learning. "Asking questions", Steinsaltz said, is both the secret of science and the essence of the Talmud.

HaRav Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz has been selected as the first recipient of Israel's Presidential Prize the selection committee announced today, Thursday, 16 Shevat 5772 (Thursday, 9 February 2012). committee is made up of President Shimon Peres, former president Yitzchak Navon and former president of the High Court of Justice Meir Shamgar.

Rav Steinsaltz was a recipient of the Israel Prize in 1988 for his outstanding contribution to the field of education. A follower of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l, Rav Steinsaltz played a role in assisting Jews behind the Iron Curtain, what was then called the USSR. He worked with shluchim in an effort to reach those lost Jews, under the direction of the late rebbe.

Isaac Asimov, my wifes relative, wrote a story..... Rabbi Steinsaltz interview '86

Biography:

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (Hebrew: עדין שטיינזלץ) or Adin Even Yisrael (Hebrew: עדין אבן ישראל) Born in Jerusalem in 1937 to secular parents, Rabbi Steinsaltz studied physics and chemistry at the Hebrew University. He established several experimental schools and, at the age of 24, became Israel's youngest school principal.

In 1965, he began his monumental Hebrew translation and commentary on the Talmud. To date, he has published 45 of the anticipated 46 volumes and is due to publish the last book in the series in November, 2010.

The Rabbi's classic work of Kabbalah, The Thirteen Petalled Rose, was first published in 1980 and now appears in eight languages. In all, Rabbi Steinsaltz has authored some 60 books and hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from zoology to theology to social commentary. Continuing his work as a teacher and spiritual mentor, Rabbi Steinsaltz established a network of schools and educational institutions in Israel and the former Soviet Union.

Appointments

1975 - Founding Member and Board Member, Pardes Institute

1976 - Research Fellow, Yale University (Divinity School)

1977 - Board Member, Gesher

1980 - Member of the Committee for Curriculum Planning for State Schools, the Israel Ministry of Education

1981 - Terry Lectures, Yale University

1982 - Scholar-in-Residence, Princeton University Institute for Advanced Studies

1987 - Global Forum for Spiritual and Religious Leaders, Oxford University

1988 - Guest Lecturer, Space Research Department of the Soviet Academy of Sciences

1988 - Guest Lecturer, Oxford University

1989 - Chairman of the Board, Jewish University of St. Petersburg

1990 - Scholar-in-Residence, The Woodrow Wilson Center

1993 - Guest Lecturer, Melbourne University

1994 - Guest Lecturer, Sorbonne University

1996 - Guest Lecturer at the Academies and Universities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing, the People's Republic of China

1997 - Thanksgiving World Advisor, Center for World Thanksgiving

1997-2005 - Board Member, the Joint Distribution Committee

1998 - Professor, the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at the University of Lugano

1999 - Guest Lecturer, Capetown University

2000 - Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the

            United Nations

2001-2005 - Senior Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Science and Religion at

                     Columbia University

2004 - World Symposium of Catholic Cardinals and Jewish Leaders

2007- Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Columbia University


Institutions Founded

1965 - The Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications

1975 - Shefa Institute

1984 - The Mekor Haim Educational Institutions, Jerusalem

1988 - The Aleph Society (NY, London, Melbourne, and Israel)

1989 - Lamed: The National Jewish Teachers' Organization in the CIS

1990 - The Free Jewish University in Moscow

1994 - Institute for Jewish Leadership Training in the CIS

1999 - Yeshivat Hesder, Tekoa


Selected Publications

In addition to the books listed below, Rabbi Steinsaltz has published over 600 articles from 1956 to the present, on a great variety of topics, including: Bible and Talmud studies, Jewish mysticism, science, Torah and science, art literature, zoology, sociology, education, psychology, politics, philosophy, social behaviors, science fiction, and many others. Many of his books and articles have been translated into other languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Rabbi Steinsaltz lives in Jerusalem. He and his wife have three children and 15 grandchildren.

Founding Member and Nasi of the Nascent Sanhedrin

Isaac Asimov's ancestral family tree Chaya Even-Yisrael, Adin Steinsalz's wife, is a relative of the science fiction icon, Isaac Asimov Rabbi Steinsaltz interview '86 "Issac Asimov, my wifes relative, wrote a story.....

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1937
1937
Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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