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Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz) Honored With Jerusalem Award

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz) Honored With Jerusalem Award

Mayor pays a visit to the renowned rabbi, who continues to recover from a recent stroke

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz) was given the Yakir Yerushalayim (“Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem”) medal by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the rabbi’s home. (Photo: Jerusalem Municipality)
Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz) was given the Yakir Yerushalayim (“Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem”) medal by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the rabbi’s home. (Photo: Jerusalem Municipality)

JERUSALEM—Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem paid a visit to the home of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz) on Monday afternoon to present the renowned scholar and author with the Yakir Yerushalayim (“Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem”) medal, which would be presented later that evening to 11 other recipients at a ceremony at the Tower of David in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Steinsaltz, 80, is continuing to recover from a stroke he suffered in December. Although the rabbi has partially returned to work, he was unable to attend the ceremony—the 50th since the award was initiated in 1967.

“It is a great honor for me to present the Yakir Yerushalayim award to a spiritual leader whose writings have gone out from Jerusalem to the entire world and whose books are studied by millions of people, Jews and non-Jews,” said Barkat.

“You express in your personality and your activities the biblical verse ‘From Zion shall go forth the Torah and the word of G‑d from Jerusalem,’ ” added the mayor.

The rabbi said he was touched that Barkat presented the award in person and thanked the mayor for the visit.

Even-Israel, who changed his last name in 1991 from Steinsaltz at the suggestion of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—is best known for his comprehensive commentaries on the Talmud and the Tanya, the foundational work of Chabad-Lubavitch philosophy penned in 1798 by the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

In 2012, he was one of six recipients of Israel’s first Presidential Awards of Distinction.

Two years later, in 2014, he published a long-awaited biography of the Rebbe, from whom Even-Israel sought guidance from when he was a teenager in the Chabad high school in Lod, Israel.

At the ceremony Monday evening, his son Rabbi Menachem Even-Israel Steinsaltz, director of his father’s Shefa institutions, said the award “symbolizes more than anything the tremendous connection between my father and his beloved city, and shows the respect and gratitude that the city has for my father’s work for the nation and for Jerusalem.”

Articles, books and videos authored and edited by Rabbi Even-Israel (Steinsaltz) are freely available for study on

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Anonymous Brooklyn May 24, 2017

a true torah giant Reply

SbA May 26, 2017

As gone astray as I was, as dark as the valleys were that I was dwelling in, it was Rabbi Steinsaltz his words and commentaries that (literally) lit up my life, consoled me and motivated me to try to start raising the Hei, not to give up and do it again.
No words of gratitude can ever match that what I and we owe this great Sage of our times; may he, and all that is his, be blessed for ever and ever! Reply

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