From father to son

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel hands the Steinsaltz spiritual baton to Rabbi Meni

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
June 27, 2018 19:53
Avraham Fried sings for Rabbi Steinsaltz at the gala dinner in his honor on June 10

Avraham Fried sings for Rabbi Steinsaltz at the gala dinner in his honor on June 10. (photo credit: ISRAEL BARDUGO)

 
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BY THE time Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, 80, arrives at the Steinsaltz Center in Jerusalem, his son Rabbi Menachem (Meni) Even-Israel, 43, has already begun his work day, supervising the various book projects that are under development. By 6 p.m., when Meni has gone home, the senior Rabbi Steinsaltz is still hard at work, proofreading and annotating texts. Sadly, he is unable to speak due to the aftereffects of a stroke suffered a year and half ago. However, he remains deeply involved in his life’s work.

For Meni, the eldest of Steinsaltz and his wife Sarah’s three children, managing the Steinsaltz Center is no less a labor of love.

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