By COLlive reporter
A second book about the Rebbe is being published in the months leading up to the 20th yartzeit anniversary of Gimmel Tammuz – this one from a more personal perspective.
“My Rebbe” was written by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, one of the most respected rabbis and Jewish thinkers today who is most known for his revolutionary commentary on Talmud Bavli.
The 250 page book is being published by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers in Jerusalem, which publishes Rabbi Even-Israel’s acclaimed books in Hebrew, English, Russian, and French.
The publication date is May 1, 2014, a month before HarperWave releases “Rebbe – The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History” by bestselling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.
While Telushkin offers an outsider viewpoint, Rabbi Even-Israel’s book is a more personal one, being a Lubavitcher chossid himself, commentator on Tanya and chassidus and Rav of Chabad’s historic Tzemach Tzedek Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Koren Publishers described the book as “part biography, part memoir, part manual for great leadership” and said it “will motivate readers to contemplate their own mission in the world and aspire toward meaningful living.”
“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,” Koren said.
In recent lectures about the Rebbe in Washington, DC, Montreal and Philadelphia, Rabbi Even-Israel referenced the book he was writing about the Rebbe, about whom he spoke with particular reverence and passion, calling his greatness “unparalleled.”
In the biography-memoir, the legendary Talmudic scholar and prolific author “shares his firsthand account of this extraordinary individual who shaped the landscape of twentieth-century religious life,” Koren said.
The hardcover will be sold in the U.S. for $24.95. Pre-orders for $18.72 are being offered on Amazon.com.
VIDEO: Rabbi Even-Yisroel speaks at Chabad of Westmount in Montreal about the Rebbe and the book he was completing in 2012