Rav Aharon Licthenstein to Receive Israel Prize in Jewish Religious Literature


rav-aharon-lichtensteinRav Dr. Aharon Licthenstein will be awarded the Israel Prize in Jewish Religious Literature in May, Education Minister Shai Piron announced today

“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. Read more here.

Born in Paris, France and raised in the United States, Rav Aaron was a talmid of Rav Yitzchok Hutner and served as rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon for several years before becoming rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion, Israel. His wife, Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein, is a daughter of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Boston, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon. Their son, Rav Yitzchok Lichtenstein, is the rov of Kehillas Bais Avrohom in the Forshay section of Monsey, NY, and a R”M in Yeshiva Bais Yosef-Novardok in Brooklyn.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. Well deserved.

    Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein earned his “Dr.” with a Ph.D. in English at Harvard. He often uses his understanding of literature to reinforce Torah points.

    The Lichtensteins have three other children not mentioned in the article who are serving the Torah world. Rabbi Mosheh Lichtenstein, is *rosh yeshiva* of Yeshivat Har Etzion. I don’t know if he directly succeeded his father but he holds the same title. Another son, Rabbi Mayer Lichtenstein, teaches at Yeshivat Otniel in Eretz Yisrael. Their daughter Esti Rosenberg is the director of the Migdal Oz seminary in Gush Etzion.