Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, modern Orthodox visionary, dies at 81


Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, the head of Har Etzion yeshiva  and an Israel Prize winner for his contributions to rabbinic scholarship, passed away today Monday, April 20 at the age of 81.

Lichtenstein, who earned his doctorate in English literature from Harvard University, was considered a giant in the modern Orthodox world.

Lichtenstein was born in France in 1933. His family managed to flee the country to the United States in 1940. He immigrated to Israel in 1971, taking up the position of head of the Har Etzion yeshiva in Alon Shvut.

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The funeral will take place Tuesday April 21, 2 Iyar at Yeshivat Har Etzion at 10:00 AMfollowed by Kevura on Har Hamenuchot.  More details to follow.

Rav Lichtenstein z”l is survived by his wife, Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein, his children Yitzchak, Moshe, Meir, Shai, Esti and Tonya and by two sisters Hadassah Kleiman and Shoshana Lichtenstein and thousands of his Talmidim.


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