Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein
Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, a son-in-law of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik and the preeminent rabbi in Modern Orthodoxy today, has passed away at age 81, Arutz Sheva reported.
Lichtenstein, who was widely considered to be the intellectual leader of Modern Orthodoxy, immigrated to Israel from America in 1971 and settled in Alon Shvut, a liberal Modern Orthodox-Zionist Orthodox West Bank settlement.
He won the Israel Prize for Torah Literature and headed the Har Etzion Yeshiva in Alon Shvut.
Lichtenstein was born in Paris in 1933. After the Nazis conquered France in 1940, Lichtenstein fled with his family to the US.
He studied rabbinics under both the haredi Rabbi Yitzhak Hutner and the founder of American Modern Orthodoxy, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who ordained him and later became his father-in-law.
Lichtenstein, thought of as a scholar's scholar, also earned a PhD in English literature and was a top Modern Orthodox authority on and posek (decisor) of halakha (Orthodox Jewish law).
His funeral will be held tomorrow at 10 am at the Har Etzion Yeshiva in Alon Shvut. Burial will be at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.