From British Friends of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Dear Mr Dangoor,
In 1996, the universities of Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing
issued a special invitation to Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz of
Jerusalem, the renowned Talmudist and Jewish educationalist
of the 20th and 21st centuries. As an honoured guest of
the 3 universities and academies, the Rabbi was taken on
an extensive tour of China and discussed points in common
between the Jewish and the Chinese peoples, comparing and
contrasting our cultures, our history, our philosophy, our
books and our way of life. The Chinese audiences were wholly
enraptured and captivated.
Resulting from a unique collaboration between the Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences and the Steinsaltz publishing
house in Jerusalem, Pirkei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers
- was also published in the Chinese language, and it is
this book that we have the pleasure to send you herewith.
As you may imagine, the book was enthusiastically received
by the Chinese, who compared it to the sayings of Confucius
and his disciple Menzius in its ethical approach and went
so far as to state: ''You and us, the Jews and the Chinese,
we are the only truly cultured people in the world.''
We would very much like you to meet with Rabbi Steinsaltz
and share your experiences of China when he next visits
London. We feel this would be a useful and enjoyable meeting
between two individuals who are playing a unique and important
global role on behalf of the Jewish people in the wider
In the meantime, the British Friends of Rabbi Steinsaltz
- cognisant of your vital work in China - hope that you
will accept this copy of the Pirkei Avot with our compliments.
We also take this opportunity to enclose our recent newsletters
for your perusal.
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