By Lidar Gravé-Lazi
Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein is to be awarded the Israel Prize in Jewish Religious Literature in May. “His multifaceted work is characterized by its depth, scope, its developed logic, sharp intellect, sensitivity, and imagination. Rabbi Lichtenstein’s work relies on the entire scope of the Torah, the Bible, the Mishnah, the Talmud, the Halacha, the Midrash and halachic books, and Jewish law,” the Israel Prize committee wrote. Education Minister Shai Piron approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Professor Eliav Shochetman and offered his praise to the rabbi.
Born in Paris and raised in the United States, Rabbi Lichtenstein studied at Yeshiva University under Rabbi Joseph Dov Halevi Soloveitchik and later at Harvard University, where he received a doctorate in English literature. In 1971, Rabbi Lichtenstein made aliyah with his family at the request of Rabbi Yehudah Amital, and joined him at the Har Etzion Yeshiva in Gush Etzion, where he currently serves as the dean.
Rabbi Lichtenstein is widely regarded as one of the leaders of the Modern Orthodox movement and has published numerous books on all aspects of the Torah and Jewish philosophies.
“Rabbi Lichtenstein’s work includes a wonderful combination of knowledge in all areas of the Torah, depth of theoretical Talmudic thinking incorporating original and creative thought while adapting to the Israeli public and dealing with the challenges of time and space,” the Israel Prize committee added.
The Israel Prize is largely regarded as the state’s highest honor. It is presented annually on Independence Day in a state ceremony in Jerusalem in the presence of the president, the prime minister, the Knesset speaker, and the Supreme Court president. (The Jerusalem Post) v