Monday, April 20, 2015

BD''H Rav Aaron Lichtenstein Z'L

Leading religious-Zionist figure Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein has passed away Monday morning, aged 81.  Rabbi Lichtenstein was one of the religious-Zionist world's most recognizable faces, and considered one of the world's leading halakhic authorities. He also received the illustrious Israel Prize in Torah Literature. His Levaya will start on Tuesday at 10 a.m., and is to leave from Har Etzion Yeshiva in Alon Shvut in Judea's Gush Etzion on its way to Har Hamenuchot in Jerusalem where the rabbi will be buried. Born in Paris on May 1933, shortly after the Nazi conquest of France in 1940 his family fled to the US, where he would eventually study under two of the Jewish world's leading rabbis: Rabbi Yitzhak Hutner and Rabbi Yoseph Soloveitchik.

He soon became a close student of Rabbi Soloveitchik in particular - considered the founder of the Modern Orthodox movement - studying for many years under his guidance at Yeshiva University in New York.

In 1959 Rabbi Lichtenstein was ordained by his mentor, and shortly after married Rabbi Soloveitchik's daughter.

In 1970 he was invited by Rabbi Yehuda Amital to co-head one of the first hesder yeshivot, which combine Torah study and military service - Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut.

Rabbi Lichtenstein took up the position a year later upon making aliyah with his family, and served as one of its Rosh Yeshiva until his passing, although in recent years he had scaled back his activities due to poor health. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Tovah, his children Rav Yitzchak,  who is a Rav in Monsey and RY in Novardik, Rav Moshe, Rav Meir, Rav Shai, Esti and Tonya, and by two sisters, Hadassah Kleiman and Shoshana Lichtenstein, and thousands of talmidim  source

1 comment:

  1. and considered one of the world's leading halakhic authorities.

    For sure. Uh huh. Espcially with regaurds to conversions and homesexuality. His modern halachic innovations to further our Nationalistic cause which allowed many non-Jews to be considered Jews since they asked to be considered Jews is amazing. So what that they didn't accept the old laws of Shabbos? They care about our state!
    Same with homosexuality.

    Thank you Mr. Lichtenstein -- the writer!
    Was Rabbi Lichtenstein related to the Lichtensteins from Hamodia?