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Talmudic, Tenacious, Tough-Minded: An Interview With Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz



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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz



I thought it could be a good beginning for something, but it didn’t work out.

What do you mean by “work out”?

Working out means more and more people get involved. If it doesn’t get more people – and more important people – involved, it means it didn’t somehow cut through the right place. And whatever you do, if it doesn’t work, so it doesn’t work.

So you would suggest that the rabbis still involved in this project let it die?

I never make a denouncement because I see good people with good intentions involved. But somehow it hasn’t taken off.

A recent article in the Forward states that in addition to your several dozen published non-fiction works, you’ve also written detective novels. Is that true?

I didn’t publish any.

Why not?

There are all kinds of things I’ve written that I didn’t publish. I didn’t feel the need or I didn’t feel they are good enough or useful.

Will you publish them one day?

I don’t know, I’ll see. Possibly when I read them again I’ll have a better opinion.

What projects are you currently working on?

We are going to publish a new edition of Mishnayos. We are also working on an edition of the Rambam with a commentary by me and others that makes a better connection between the Rambam and the Shulchan Aruch. And I’m also doing a project about the commentary on the Bible, and other things as well.

Elliot Resnick

About the Author: Elliot Resnick is a Jewish Press editor and writer, as well as the author of “Movers and Shakers: Sixty Prominent Personalities Speak Their Mind on Tape" and editor of "Perfection: The Torah Ideal."


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