Petira of HaRav Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz ZT”L


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YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of HaRav Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz ZT”L. He was 83.

Rav Steinsaltz had been hospitalized with a lung infection and his condition deteriorated until his passing early Friday morning. The kevura was held on Har HaZeisim.

Rabbi Steinsaltz served as the president of Yeshivat Makor Chaim and Yeshivat Tekoa. He has written an easy to understand explanation of the Gemara as well as a host of other sefarim.

His lifelong work in Jewish education earned him the Israel Prize, the highest honor in the State of Israel. In all, Rabbi Steinsaltz authored over 60 books and hundreds of articles on a multitude of subjects.

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. His father was a great-grandson of the first Slonimer Rebbe.

Steinsaltz became a baal teshuva during his teenage years and learned from rabbi Shmuel Elazar Heilprin (Rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Toras Emes Chabad).

Continuing his work as a teacher and spiritual mentor, Steinsaltz established Yeshivat Mekor Chaim alongside rabbis Menachem Froman and Shagar in 1984, and Yeshivat Tekoa in 1999. He also serves as president of the Shefa Middle and High Schools. He has served as scholar in residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D. C., and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His honorary degrees include doctorates from Yeshiva University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Bar Ilan University, Brandeis University, and Florida International University. Steinsaltz is also Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hesder Tekoa.

Being a follower of the Lubavitcher rebbe ZT”L, he went to help Jews in the Soviet Union assisting Chabad’s shluchim network.


(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. YWN – thank you for referring to Rav Steinsaltz, ZT”L, with the appropriate honorific in the headline and the first two paragraphs. I note, though, that in the parts copied from your earlier article, you still refer to him as “Rabbi Steinsaltz”, and later on in the article, you refer to him as simply “Steinsaltz” – with no title whatsoever. Can I ask that, out of respect for this Talmid Chacham, you update the article with the appropriate titles?

    an Israeli Yid

  2. What an incredible to the entire Jewish people. We must all take upon ourselves to study from his amazing Gemoros thereby inculcating ourselves with his so valuable information, thus sending him numerous more Zechusim to his lofty Neshomo.

  3. BDE

    But important to know also:

    Steinsaltz’s Hashkofos contain immense distortions of Torah, which are duly represented in his books. When Rav Schach wrote that he saw in Steinsaltz’s writings “דברי מינות ואפיקורסות וחילול כבוד התורה, ו…זלזול נורא על האבות הקדושים התנאים והאמוראים” it came as no surprise. His book of biographical essays on the Avos, for example, is very sick. The Avos, to Steinsaltz, were motivated by emotions, conflicts, and issues no different than characters in a cheap television drama.

    It’s really painful to read the way he writes about the Avos. Yitzchok’s “essential problem” (sic) was to find his own place in a world “dominated by the genius of his father.” In the same chapter: “Perhaps Esav represented so much of what Isaac wanted to be …”