Arts, culture & judaica | West Bank rabbi wins Israel Prize

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, the author of numerous books on Torah and Jewish thought, will receive the Israel Prize in Jewish Literature.

 The prize is generally considered Israel’s highest honor and carries an award of approximately $20,000. The prize was announced Feb. 23 and will be awarded in May on Israel Independence Day.

Lichtenstein, 80, was chosen for his “versatile biblical work characterized by its depth, scope, advanced logic, wit, sensitivity and vision,” the Israel Prize committee said.

“Rabbi Lichtenstein’s works are a wonderful combination of deep, fluid familiarity with all aspects of Jewish scholarship, with an ability to take deep Torah concepts and make them palatable to the average Israeli,” the announcement said.

Lichtenstein, a leader of the Modern Orthodox movement, heads the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the West Bank.  — jta