Rav Steinsaltz to Be Awarded First Presidential Prize

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Rav Adin Even Yisrael-Steinsaltz has been selected as the first recipient of the Presidential Prize the selection committee announced today, Thursday, 16 Shevat 5772. The committee is made up of President Shimon Peres, former president Yitzchak Navon and former president of the High Court of Justice Meir Shamgar.

Rav Steinsaltz was a recipient of the Israel Prize in 1988 for his outstanding contribution to the field of education. The rav was hailed by Time Magazine as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar.”

Rav Steinsaltz, who was born in Yerushalayim, was not frum as a child, and studied mathematics, chemistry and physics in Hebrew University. He launched his Institute for Talmudic Publications in 1965, undertaking the monumental task of translating Talmud in the hope of making it more accessible for the many who are unable to learn. He translated Gemara into a number of languages, including Hebrew, Russian and English. In 1989, gedolei yisrael from the Litvish community placed a ban on his Gemara.

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