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Interview with Adin Steinsaltz from 1969

Over Shabbat lunch a friend and I talked a bit about Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. One of the topics that we talked about what the evolution of his edition of the Talmud. How did he go about working on it? Who helped him with it? See this previous post on the question. In the interview below he does mention how he came up with a number of options for the new layout and the Lubavitcher Rebbe pushed him to choose the one that he chose in the end.

Besides this information, I wasn’t able to find out much more. I decided to do some searching around the great web site, Historical Jewish Press, to see what I could find. I did find a few interesting tidbits about his edition of the Talmud, but if anyone has any more concrete information I would be very appreciative. A nice find was the following interview with him from Devar ha-Shavua, no. 37, from September 12, 1969. I tried to make it as legible as possible.

“Portrait of a Sabra as a Young Rabbi”: Interview with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

One Response to “Interview with Adin Steinsaltz from 1969”

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    Looks interesting (sadly my work computer blocks all videos.)

    I personally think the “problem” the charedi world had with steinsaltz is simply that he wasn’t one of them. The Charedi world believes the torah is theirs and theirs alone, and consequently any torah project that doesn’t originate with them is treif. Every single “complaint” they had with Steinsaltz – he changed the tzuras hadaf, he ascribes personality to the sages, he resorts to science – are all common in numberless seforim. These were changed retroactive nitpicks they came up with ex post facto to justify not wanting to use an outsider’s seforim.

    (Having said that, I don’t know if they would use them even if they were written by a fellow Charedi. I don’t feel his shas really adds that much more than a regular shas. It cannot compare to, say, the Kehati mishnayos, which was indeed an incredible project, and which was so good that even the frum yeshivas have always (begrudgingly) used, despite being written by a mizrachi-affiliate.)




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