Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is a noted teacher, philosopher, social critic, and author. Founding the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications in 1965, he began his life’s mission of translating the Talmud into Modern Hebrew, making it accessible to all Jews. He, in addition, established a network of educational institutions in Israel and is the founder of the Jewish University in the former Soviet Union. He has held visiting appointments at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
He has been awarded many prizes and distinctions, among them the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies (1988) and the President's Prize (2012). He is, in addition, the recipient of honorary doctorates from various institutions including Bar Ilan University and Brandeis University.