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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Sep 9, 2020, 9:25 PM
Rescue the memory of Rabbi Steinsaltz as a person and authentic Jewish learning
On the 30th day of his passing, I feel that part of his memory has been misrepresented already by various well-meaning people. Many beautiful words have been spoken which are all good and sweet. But I miss an accent...
Sep 7, 2020, 3:34 PM
Rav Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz, z”l: Defying definition
When the late educator came to visit the school I established for youths who didn't fit into the standard frameworks, he sat and talked with them, eye to eye
Aug 31, 2020, 11:57 PM
An open letter to my colleagues: Don’t mix rabbinics and politics
Dear Rabbinic Colleagues, It is no secret that we live in unprecedented times. On the one hand, the global coronavirus pandemic has united us in ways that we could not have imagined. In spite of the “social distancing” guidelines, our communities...
Aug 19, 2020, 12:05 AM
The Resurrection of the Not-Yet Dead
No. I have not risen from the dead because thanks be to God and my many dedicated and devoted readers I have not yet died. This, therefore, cannot be a resurrection from an unknown grave. I was very pleasantly surprised...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Aug 14, 2020, 7:54 AM
The Rebbe, Reb Shlomo, Rav Steinsaltz, and Israel
If you never met the Lubavitcher Rebbe, you cannot imagine the combination of being an absolute genius and the height of humility he showed. No wonder people saw in him the Messiah. I will give you one example. And then...
Aug 12, 2020, 2:57 PM
When the Lubavitcher Rebbe met Rep. Shirley Chisholm (Parshat Re’eh)
TRANSCRIPT The year was 1969, and Shirley Chisholm had just made history as the first Black woman ever elected to Congress. She represented a heavily-urban district that included the neighborhood of Crown Heights, New York, where she resided. Chisholm had high...
Aug 12, 2020, 1:48 PM
Rav Steinsaltz remembered – his ultimate gift
When I first read in 1989 of a young Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz with incredible insight into Talmud who was beginning a project to translate it afresh- into English, (later into French and Russian as well…) with his own additional...
Hindel Schwartz Swerdlov
Aug 12, 2020, 1:14 PM
A Layman’s Glimpse of the Benevolent Side of Genius Rav Steinsaltz
I was “supposed” to go to Dad’s grave in Tzfat on Friday since it was my Bio-Mom’s 43rd Yahrzeit. I figured that would be my second best choice if I couldn’t get to Mom’s grave in New York. While I...
Aug 11, 2020, 3:46 PM
Rabbi Steinsaltz: A place at the four dimensional table
In March, 2011, with very little fanfare, a milestone in Jewish history was passed: forty-five years after he started the project, Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael Steinsaltz completed the first ever translation of the Talmud — all 5,894 folio pages (nearly...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Aug 10, 2020, 9:25 PM
Emulating God by Planting Trees in Israel
Parsha Re’eh has many references to settling the Land of Israel including: When HaShem, your God has brought you to the Land that you are coming to inherit... (Dvarim 11:29) For you shall pass across the Yarden to come to inherit...