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Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz has written over 60 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.
My Rebbe

In My Rebbe, celebrated author and thinker Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz shares his firsthand account of this extraordinary individual who shaped the landscape of twentieth-century religious life. Written with the admiration of a close disciple and the nuanced perceptiveness of a scholar, this biography-memoir inspires us to think about our own missions and aspirations for a better world.

The Sustaining Utterance

The Sustaining Utterance is a collection of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz's oral teachings of the second book of the Tanya, Shaar HaYichud VeHaEmunah (Gate to Unity and Faith), also known as Chinuch Katan (Education of the Child), written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the 18th-century founder of the Chabad movement. In this book, Rabbi Steinsaltz addresses profound questions relating to our knowledge of God and the world, and brings new depth and understanding to this Chasidic work.

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.

The Long Shorter Way

The Long Shorter Way is a major interpretation and exploration of Chasidism, based on a series of lectures delivered by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz on Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi’s classic Chasidic work, the Tanya. Like the Tanya itself, The Long Shorter Way focuses on the profound dilemma of the beinoni, the intermediate person who, neither purely wicked nor purely good, must struggle with evil and temptation throughout his or her life. In each chapter, Rabbi Steinsaltz elucidates the complex nature of man as he strives to attain unity with the Divine One, compelling the reader to deep personal inspection.

The Candle of God

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz takes readers on a journey of the soul through the teachings of Hasidic leaders, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad movement, and his grandson, Rabbi Menachem Mendel. With characteristic ease and lucidity, he explains the hidden aspects of Shabbat, the essence of the soul in Torah, the inner meanings of sanctity and restraint. It is a unique bridge between ancient Jewish wisdom and the modern world.


Teshuva, return, is a personal, mutli-faceted spiritual reawakening; a desire to strengthen the connection between oneself and the sacred. The book is offered to the ba'al teshuva as advice and guidance in dealing with some of the difficulties likely to be encountered along the way. It addresses matters of principle and spiritual orientation: what the observances mean, how they are related, and, once embarked on the path of teshuva, how one is to relate to self, family, and the surrounding society.

Simple Words

In Simple Words, Rabbi Steinsaltz examines some of the meanings of these powerful words. He transforms each word into a gem, turning it this way, then that, examining it to see more clearly its brilliant facets and what lies beyond them. He challenges us to think deeply about the connotations of these commonplace words, and in so doing, to see that there may be other ways of looking at things that we have taken for granted in our lives. Simple Words is a thought-provoking ? and surprising ? adventure that may change the way we think, speak, and act.

We Jews

What is the inner nature of the Jew? It appears that the most complete definition of the essential Jewishness can be found in the words that were spoken close to the time when the Torah was given. These words have great importance because they outline the great purposes, the all-embracing principles.

Biblical Images

Men & Women of the Book

By: Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

The characters of the Bible are some of the best known in all of history, art and literature. Yet the heroes and heroines of the Bible—Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Eve, Sarah, Deborah and the others—remain elusive and enigmatic. Biblical Images, a collection of twenty-five portraits of biblical figures, explores what is hinted at in the biblical text to help us understand these characters from within, to analyze their motives, and to appreciate their spiritual experiences and aspirations. It is a subtle yet penetrating study of the men and women of the Bible, who personify profound truths about the human experience.

The Essential Talmud

Talmudic Images is a collection of 13 intimate portraits of select personalities from the Talmud. It brings to life the heroes of the spirit, whose acts of heroism lie in their thoughts and their words, as Rabbi Steinsaltz puts it. Chapters on Hillel, Shammai, Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai, Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Hananiah and others are accompanied by a glossary, annotated bibliography, and timeline.

The Thirteen Petalled Rose

A Discourse on the Essence of Jewish Existence

By: Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

In this classic work of Jewish mystical thought, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz explores the major questions asked by modern Jews about the nature of existence. The Thirteen Petalled Rose addresses profound topics like Good and Evil, Divine Revelation, The Human Soul and the Search for Self, as it translates ancient kabbalistic concepts into an intelligible language for a new generation.

Change & Renewal

 Change & Renewal
The Essence of the Jewish Holidays, Festivals & Days of Remembrance
By: Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
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.

A Dear Son to Me

A Collection of Speeches & Articles

By: Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Enjoy this rare collection of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's lectures, articles, and personal writing, in which Rabbi Steinsaltz discusses a wide variety of issues, from What is a Jew to The Clash Between Science and Torah, The Boundaries of Holiness, and Peace and the Land of Israel. A Dear Son To Me allows readers to get to know Rabbi Steinsaltz, to overhear conversations held with his closest students and friends, and to appreciate his unique warmth and authenticity.



Koren Talmud

Koren Talmud Bavli (English) – JUST RELEASED !
Translation and commentary by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

The Koren Talmud Bavli is a groundbreaking edition of the Talmud that presents an enhanced Vilna page, a side-by-side translation, commentary by the greatest Talmud teacher of our time, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, and a multitude of learning aids to help the beginning and advanced Talmud student alike. The Koren Talmud Bavli fuses the innovative design of Koren Publishers Jerusalem with the incomparable scholarship of Rabbi Steinsaltz to present a sophisticated edition of the Talmud that empowers every student to actively participate in the dynamic process of Talmud study.

 The Koren Talmud Bavli is available in three editions:

Standard Edition: Large size, full-color

Daf Yomi Edition: Smaller size, black-and-white

iPad App: Interactive edition for the iPad 1, iPad 2, and the new iPad with Retina display

The Tales of Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav

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.

Strife of the Spirit

The Strife of the Spirit is a stirring collection of essays, discourses, interviews and stories that explore fundamental themes such as the nature of the human soul, the path of the penitent, and the relationship between student and text.

Talmudic Images

Talmudic Images is a collection of 13 intimate portraits of select personalities from the Talmud. It brings to life the heroes of the spirit, whose acts of heroism lie in their thoughts and their words, as Rabbi Steinsaltz puts it. Chapters on Hillel, Shammai, Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai, Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Hananiah and others are accompanied by a glossary, annotated bibliography, and timeline.


Written by the great Hasidic master Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi in the late eighteenth century, the Tanya is considered to be one of the most extraordinary books of moral teachings ever written. A seminal document in the study of Kabbalah, the Tanya explores and solves the dilemmas of the human soul by arriving at the root causes of its struggles. Though it is a classic Jewish spiritual text, the Tanya and its present commentary take a broad and comprehensive approach that is not specific to Judaism nor tied to a particular personality type or time or point of view. Opening the Tanya is a groundbreaking book that offers a definitive introduction, explanation, and commentary upon the Tanya. As relevant today as it was when it was first written more than two hundred years ago, the Tanya helps us to see the many thousands of complexities, doubts, and drives within us as expressions of a single basic problem, the struggle between our Godly Soul and our Animal Soul.