Books

The performance of the commandments (mitzvot) has traditionally been conceived as a dual imperative: the contemplation of the content and inner meaning of the mitzvah, and its physical expression.

The Rabbi's Books
Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz has written more than three hundred books. His books cover a wide range of subjects from interpretation of Jewish thought, philosophy and Halacha to spiritualism and mysticism. The books come in many forms, from reference guides and full commentary on the classical Jewish books, to original and comprehensive writing. The Rabbi's writing simplifies complex ideas without losing their insightfulness, making them accessible and suitable for beginners and experts. The books were published or translated into many languages including: English, French, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.
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The Steinsaltz Humash

The Steinsaltz Humash the long-awaited English version of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz's pioneering translation and commentary on the Torah. The new 2nd edition includes five megillot.

Like his monumental translation and commentary of the entire Talmud, the new Steinsaltz Humash includes a treasure trove of information to make the text clear, fascinating, and relevant to users of all backgrounds. Here, Rabbi Steinsaltz's commentary seeks to connect the reader directly to the peshat, the plain reading of the text. He includes references to many commentaries, while he aims to remove any barriers to the text, connecting us directly to the 'voice of the Torah'. This brand-new volume features several innovative elements including: Hebrew verses in clear Koren font, with vowels and punctuation. Accessible English translation that reflects Rabbi Steinsaltz's understanding of the text. Parshiyot divided thematically with introductory explanations. Color photos that identify biblical objects and illustrate complicated concepts. Notes and photos of modern archaeological and scientific findings. Maps, illustrations, and charts to clarify locations and concepts.

The Steinsaltz Humash
The Steinsaltz Nevi'im

The Steinsaltz Nevi'im the long-awaited English version of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz's pioneering translation and commentary on the Torah. Like his monumental translation and commentary of the entire Talmud, the new Steinsaltz Nevi'im includes a treasure trove of information to make the text clear, fascinating, and relevant to users of all backgrounds. Here, Rabbi Steinsaltz's commentary seeks to connect the reader directly to the peshat, the plain reading of the text. He includes references to many commentaries, while he aims to remove any barriers to the text, connecting us directly to the voice of the Torah. This brand-new volume features several innovative elements including: Hebrew verses in clear Koren font, with vowels and punctuation. Accessible English translation that reflects Rabbi Steinsaltz's understanding of the text. Parshiyot divided thematically with introductory explanations. Color photos that identify biblical objects and illustrate complicated concepts. Notes and photos of modern archaeological and scientific findings. Maps, illustrations, and charts to clarify locations and concepts. Supplemental background materials, cross-references to the Torah.

The Steinsaltz Nevi'im
The Steinsaltz Ketuvim

The Steinsaltz Ketuvim is the long-awaited English version of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz's pioneering translation and commentary on the Writings. Like his monumental translation and commentary of the entire Talmud, the new Steinsaltz Ketuvim includes a treasure trove of information to make the text clear, fascinating, and relevant to users of all backgrounds. Here, Rabbi Steinsaltz's commentary seeks to connect the reader directly to the peshat, the plain reading of the text. He includes references to many commentaries, while he aims to remove any 'barriers' to the text. This brand-new volume features several innovative elements including: Hebrew verses in clear Koren font, with vowels and punctuation. Accessible English translation that reflects Rabbi Steinsaltz's understanding of the text. Color photos that identify biblical objects and illustrate complicated concepts. Notes and photos of modern archaeological and scientific findings. Maps, illustrations, and charts to clarify locations and concepts. Supplemental background materials, cross-references to the Torah.

The Steinsaltz Ketuvim
Reference Guide to the Talmud

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz's Reference Guide to the Talmud is the original Talmud study aid. An indispensable resource for students of all levels, this fully revised, English-language edition of the Reference Guide clearly and concisely explains the Talmud's fundamental structure, concepts, terminology, assumptions, and inner logic; provides essential historical and biographical information; and includes appendixes, a key to abbreviations, and a comprehensive index.

For improved usability, this completely updated volume has a number of new features: topical organization instead of by Hebrew alphabet, re-edited and revised text to coordinate with the language used in the Koren Talmud Bavli, an index of Hebrew terms to enable one seeking a Hebrew term to locate the relevant entry. An excellent companion for anyone studying any edition of the Talmud.

Reference Guide to the Talmud
Koren Talmud Bavli

The first booklet of the new paperback edition of the Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli in full color.

Koren Talmud Bavli
The Thirteen Petalled Rose

From Madonna's music videos to the glossy pages of celebrity magazines and back to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jewish mysticism has stepped into the modern consciousness like never before. In this classic work, world-renowned scholar Adin Steinsaltz answers the major questions asked by modern Jews about the nature of existence in God's universe. The title The Thirteen Petalled Rose is taken from the opening of the classic Jewish text on mysticism, the Zohar, and refers to the "collective souls of the Jewish people," which scholars have likened to the fullness of a rose and its thirteen petals. Along with a new preface by the author, this edition contains a new chapter on prayer that provides the most up-to-date account of the Kabbalistic view of devotion. Another new chapter recounts and interprets the prophet Elijah's Introduction to the Zohar.

"Steinsaltz possesses a mind of the quality that occurs perhaps once or twice in a generation, or several generations . . . In [The Thirteen Petalled Rose] one can encounter the classical Jewish mystical view of reality, delineated lucidly, concisely, profoundly and, what is so rare, believingly. It is an utterly authentic expression of Judaism yet so unknown even among the well-informed and therefore so necessary, so welcome." (Herbert Weiner, Oxford University)

The Thirteen Petalled Rose
The Soul

What do we know about that mysterious entity called the soul? Occasionally, in the monotony of daily life, we feel our soul trying to speak to us. Sometimes it communicates through suffering, which forces us to acknowledge our inner spiritual world, while at other times, in a sudden moment of illumination, we discover a completely new perspective on our existence. In The Soul, Rabbi Steinsaltz, author of the groundbreaking translation of the Talmud and one of the preeminent sages of our generation, reveals some of the spiritual mysteries that lie beyond the reach of the intellect. The Soul shows us how we can become sensitized to our souls, how we can understand its faint but persistent calling and use it to open new vistas in our own lives.

The Soul
Talks on the Parasha

Short essays on parashat hashavua Talks on the Parasha recreates the warm, intimate atmosphere of a personal encounter with Rabbi Steinsaltz. While providing insights that are meaningful for the Jewish collective, it speaks to every individual as well. To Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, the Torah contains within it many worlds. The themes, the language, the myriad ways in which to understand and interpret it all of these are worlds that both exist independently and are connected to one another, inextricably linked from within and from without. What emerges from the totality of the Torah s manifold shades of meaning is that the Torah is essentially the book of the chronicles of man. The Torah addressing, in particular, the Jewish people and the individual helps the reader understand not only what happened in the past and what ought to happen in the future, but also the meaning of his or her own life.

Talks on the Parasha
My Rebbe

For legendary Talmud scholar and prolific author Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, the Lubavitcher Rebbe embodied a lifelong mission to better the world. Far surpassing the role of teacher, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson was at once a scientific mind and faithful believer; educational innovator and social activist; spiritual guide and master network builder.
 
My Rebbe is Rabbi Steinsaltz's long-awaited personal testament to the man whose passion and vision transformed Chabad-Lubavitch from a tiny group of Chassidim into an educational and spiritual movement that spans the globe. With the admiration of a close disciple, the astute observation of a scholar and the spiritual depth of a mystic, Steinsaltz crafts an intimate portrait of a revolutionary religious leader whose dedication to intellectual, religious, and spiritual principles impacted generations of followers.
 
Part biography, part memoir, part manual for great leadership, My Rebbe explores the evolution of Chabad's global success, its central beliefs and practices, the Rebbe's personal history and his vision to inspire change. This moving narrative, written by one of today's most influential Jewish thinkers, will motivate readers to contemplate their own mission in the world and aspire toward meaningful living.

My Rebbe
Change & Renewal

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz renowned scholar, philosopher and spiritual guide here reveals the essence of the Jewish calendar. With a unique combination of intellectual brilliance and accessibility, Rabbi Steinsaltz probes the meaning of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, Hanukka, Purim, Pesah and the other Jewish holidays. His insights provide whole new ways of understanding the holidays, appreciating their depth, and experiencing them to their fullest:

Our festivals and holidays, remembrance days and special occasions, ensure that the paths of our lives do not remain merely dusty roads lacking meaningful points of distinction... These special days are the landmarks, signposts, and lights along the way...openings through which we may emerge from the stagnancy and rut of life's routine. They provide us with opportunities not only to celebrate and mourn, but also to renew and change ourselves...

Change & Renewal
The Steinsaltz Tehillim

The Steinsaltz Tehillim is the book of Tehillim with commentary and an inspiring introduction by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz. Clear, parallel Hebrew-English translation. Brief explanations offer a general overview of each psalm. Unique line-by-line commentary enhances one's understanding of King David's poetic verses. Special prayers for travelers, illness, thanksgiving, mourning, and other occasions.

The Steinsaltz Tehillim
Teshuvah

The concept of teshuvah (return) occupies a central place in Judaism. More than a shift to a life of greater religious observance, teshuvah is a spiritual re-awakening, a desire to strengthen the connection between oneself and God; it is a life-long process. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's Teshuvah is intended to guide the ba'alei teshuvah in dealing with the difficulties likely to be encountered along the difficult path of return. What is Jewish religious practice all about? How can people who embark on journeys of teshuvah embrace their new identities while accepting their former selves? How can they continue to relate to their families and communities? With characteristic wisdom, patience and sensitivity, Rabbi Steinsaltz offers a practical guide for the newly observant Jew.

Teshuvah
The Tales of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

Rabbi Nachman's Tales are considered the peak of his creative life for their form, content, and profound, underlying ideas. Transcribed by Rabbi Natan (Sternharz) of Bratslav, Rabbi Nachman's chief disciple, they are a mixture of intellectual and poetic imagination, fairy tales rooted in Kabbalistic symbolism and Biblical and Talmudic sources. The Tales of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav features select pieces from the original work together with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's elucidating commentary to help the reader discover layer upon layer of meaning in this classic work.

The Tales of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav
We Jews

In We Jews, Rabbi Steinsaltz explores the most important issues that concern  Jews today as Jews.  He provides wise and uplifting answers to Jews everywhere, whether they are secular and assimilated or orthodox–Are we a nation or a religion? Are the stereotypes of Jews really true? Why are Jews so controversial? How can we navigate the opposing forces of diversity, culture, and politics? Can we survive intermarriage and the loss of tradition? Do we still worship the Golden Calf? In this book, Rabbi Steinsaltz sees causes and consequences, achievements and failures, looks at the contemporary world, and observes the dreams and longings of modern Jewish people.  Written as an intimate and inspiring internal memo to the whole Jewish family, We Jews answers these questions and many more in a way that is at once insightful and inspiring.

We Jews