There are few religious scholars with as impressive a body of work as Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. With over 58 books to his credit, Rabbi Steinsaltz is considered one of the greatest rabbis in his generation and Time calls him a "once-in-a-millennium scholar". The wonderful series Live at the 92nd Street Y hosts this exemplary rabbi for an entertaining and educational night of conversation. Listen along as the rabbi discusses some of the most fundamental and puzzling questions surrounding the faith of Judaism and its people.
Rabbi Steinsaltz has written 58 books on the Talmud, Jewish mysticism, religious thought, sociology, historical biography, and philosophy. He teaches at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.
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Adin Steinsaltz is a great genius with a warm heart and in impish sense of humor that made me smile through this charming talk. He has an interesting quality of appearing to meander, until you realize that he is going right to the point.
Foucault in Exile
Rabbi Steinsaltz offers his perspective on Jewish identity, both for those looking in from the outside and self-identified Jews who oftentimes find little to distinguish themselves from the greater American society. Are Jews a civilization, a religious expression, a race, an ethnicity...? More than just his declaration that Jews are, in fact, a family (with all of the baggage and value that are attached to that definition), Rabbi Steinsaltz's wisdom emerges from his particular love for every type of family member - even those who have been pushed away or pushed themselves away from living a distinctly Jewish life.
This answered my curiousity which was simply how do Jews see themselves in the world today. If he has any book(s) out, I'd imagine they give a more formal look at Judaism (Orthodox -I think) and a better context of the Jewish experience.
He speaks a lot on what it means to be "family" to Jews, in the broader sense. Doesn't address whether 'the Jewish open door policy to Jews' is still present today, but says it 'meant' this or 'was' this. Still, he sounds like a personable person.
He spoke about a connection between Jewish as synonymous with atheist, but this wasn't really articulated beyond being disagreeable to the believing Jew. I'd have appreciated a better explination here.
Comical at times, thus three stars rather than two.
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