Adin Steinsaltz Thanks Levi Eshkol
I came across the following afterward from the first edition of Adin Steinsaltz’s edition of Berakhot that was published in 1967, which I think was the first volume published. I looked for it in subsequent editions, but was unable to find it.
The completion of the volume “Berakhot” is a very meaningful stage in this endeavor. With it are concluded years worth of thought, trial, planning, and preparation, and the beginning of the orderly work of publishing the entire Talmud.
At this opportunity it is appropriate to thanks all of those who deserve thanks for making it possible for me and this project to get to this point, firstly, to the Lubavitcher Rebbe on his blessing and advice in the general planning of this tractate.
From all of those who helped by giving of themselves, advice, funding, or encouragement, only a few will be mentioned here because of the shortness of space, but these will be an example for the many thanks for many others.
Thanks are given to the supporters of Oraiyta, the Prime Minister Mr. Levi Eshkol, the faithful friend of this endeavor from the beginning, the Chairman of the Knesset, Mr. Kaddish Luz, and to the rest of the members of the public committee and association for the publication of this Talmud, for their work in organizing the needed resources.
To the Rothschild Foundation that laid the foundation, to Mr. G. Gorwitz, the Ministry of Religion, the Workers Association [Histadrut ha-Ovdim] (through Rabbi Y.Z. Brandwein), the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jewish Agency, and others for their financial support.
to R’ Hanoch Yalon and to Prof. E.Z. Melamed on their advice in the area of vocalization, to my friend Rabbi Y. Bar-Deah and A. Naeh on their help in collecting sources. To Prof. A. Shuluv in the area of zoology, and to Mr. A. Foichtunger in the area of botany, to Dr. S. Shaked in Iranian linguistics, to Mr. D. Zakai in astronomy. To A. Eitan, A. Bar Tov, and M. Goren on their help in collecting graphical material in archaeology. As a tribute to his memory Mr. S. Dickman z”l on work for this tractate in classical linguistics, and wasn’t able to finish it. All of these people helped me with their advice and knowledge, but they clearly have no responsibility for mistakes and errors that are included.
The work of re-typesetting the Talmud has not been done for a number of generations, also the many additions and difficulties in this edition. Thanks to the proofreaders Y. Goldberg, S. Zutrai, and Yehezkel Goldstein.
My thanks are also given to the illustrator B. Shatz for designing the title page, the cover and the symbol, and to Mr. B. Angelhardt on the many illustrations and sketches in the margins, and to Mr. A. Vardi on his advice in the area of graphics.
Lastly, a heartfelt thanks to my dear friend Menachem Halevy from Degania for what I and this endeavor owe him.