The Problem With Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz Is The Problem With American Judaism
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's "flagship" location for this "global day of Jewish learning" is charging $40 per person ($28 with the coupon code) to participate.
This outrageous charge mimics the prices of Steinsaltz's English language translation of the Babylonian Talmud, which ran over $120 per tractate in most cases, and which was never completed.
In comparison, the same tractates in Artscroll's translation cost about $70 for the full size and signifcantly less for the smaller sizes and, in some cases, even less because Artscroll was able to do the translation in one volume, meaning the tractate cost $35 or less.
A "global day of Jewish learning" should not charge for participation let alone charge a fee that is prohibative to many.
That Steinsaltz and the 92nd Street Y don't understand this speaks volumes about the decayed state of Judaism and the people who lead it.
It must also be noted that, despite the hype, Steinsaltz did not translate the Talmud by himself.
He had a staff of rabbinic assistants for most of the project, and Steinsaltz is most properly described as the editor-in-chief and the senior translator, not as a lone genius laboring over his translations in solitude.
The more Judaism becomes a pay-to-play religion, the smaller it gets, Steinsaltz's team's admirable translations notwithstanding.