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The Thorns and Thistles of Life: ‘Tov LICHYOT b’ad Artzeinu’

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The Jerusalem born rabbi and scholar, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz the greatest in the 20th-21st centuries, was once hailed as “a once-in-a-millennium-scholar” by an international journal which proclaimed him as the greatest Jewish scholar and Talmudist in the past one thousand years.

No tribute could be greater to a man who had written sixty books, thousands of articles and translated all the many volumes of the ancient Babylonian Talmud from Aramaic into Hebrew and later into English for the benefit of the millions of Jews who could not understand the original Aramaic language.

He began his life-long mission in 1965 to translate the Talmud in order to make it accessible to Jews in modern Hebrew, Russian, French and English. Working day and night for 45 years his mission was completed in the year 2010, forty-five years after he first began. It became the largest translation of Talmud in history.

The Talmud, written in ancient Babylonia, has 20 large volumes, 517 chapters, all on 2,711 double-sided pages. It is said that it can take a scholar almost five years to complete the entire reading. Rabbi Steinsaltz finished earlier.

Hopefully it gave him time to enjoy with his 3 children and many grandchildren. He died in August 2020 and was buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Because of the coronavirus, his funeral was limited only to his immediate family. It was said that more than 50,000 viewers watched the burial on television paying tribute to the greatest master and scholar of our time. Blessed is his name. Blessed be his memory.

In his English masterpiece,........

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