As Rabbi Steinsaltz’s most fervent disciple in this country, Arthur Kurzweil distills the wisdom and inspiring personality of this charismatic guru through stories, anecdotes, and quotations of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s teachings, as well as by descriptions of encounters with public figures and celebrities such as Woody Allen, Yitzhak Perlman, Ted Koppel, Jerry Stiller, Joe Lieberman and many more.
Many people consider Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz the greatest transmitter of Talmud in the modern era. He is the man who has been most responsible for opening the world of Talmud to this generation via his translation of the ancient Talmud into English and his translation and commentary of the Talmud into modern Hebrew.
Rabbi Steinsaltz is a man in demand. People want to hear him speak, to listen to him think. He spends a huge amount of time traveling from place to place to place to deliver lectures to the masses of people eager to be in his presence. This book consists of conversations with the great Rabbi during his down time, travel time.
Arthur Kurzweil is no chauffer. He is a great teacher in his own right, a prolific writer and a publisher. He has dedicated himself to raising the bar of Jewish literacy through the works he has published. And for 25 years he had the privilege of shuttling Adin Steinsaltz from lecture to lecture.
On The Road With Rabbi Steinsaltz is an intimate insight into a private dialogue. Kurzweil recalls slivers of the many conversations that he and his passenger had confronting issues from Kabbalah to family life to medicine to Jewish leadership to the need for levity in life. He recalls the lectures that the great rabbi gave to audiences and the advice he imparted— like the time he told a group of teachers that the most important thing they can give to their students is their “enthusiasm.”