“Conservative Catholics” and “trads,” here’s your “guy on the inside:” a Talmud student of the Chabad Lubavitcher and Nasi of the recently formed Sanhedrin of “Israel,” Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.
On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind-Blowing Encounters, and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom
by Arthur Kurzweil
… inspiring tales of the great Rabbi as he gives Talmud classes to Senator Pat Moynihan, Yitzhak Perlman and Justice Antony Scalia, lectures Ministers of the Chinese Government …
…[Steinsaltz] has studied Talmud with Yitzchak Perlman as well as a group in Washington including the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Justice Antonin Scalia and Sen. Joseph Lieberman …
[Of] Justice Antonin Scalia, Mr. Steinsaltz said, “There was something very wrong about one of us – we seemed to agree about so many things.” A Catholic Supreme Court justice and an Orthodox rabbi and Talmudic authority found much in common.
Scalia’s comrade, Nathan Lewin says Scalia believes that Talmudic training gives one a head start in U.S. jurisprudence:
“[Scalia] has commented at times on the fact that he thought that people who had a talmudic training had a head start,” Lewin said of Scalia. (“Number of Orthodox Court Clerks Jumps Thanks to Scalia,” (Jennifer Siegel, Forward, Wed. Nov 21, 2007)
The Jewish Week reported that Scalia is fascinated with Talmudic law and is involved in the launch of a Talmudic law institute in Washington D.C. with Nathan Lewin, Alan Dershowitz and Noson Gurary, a Chabad Lubavitch rabbi.
That artcle is archived HERE.