Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, modern Orthodox visionary, dies at 81

20 Apr 2015

Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, the head of a prestigious religious-Zionist yeshiva and an Israel Prize winner for his contributions to rabbinic scholarship, died on Monday 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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