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Statement on the passing of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein z”l

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Upon hearing the sad news of the passing of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein z”l, Rabbi Sacks issued the following statement:

“We have lost the finest exponent of Torah ve-chokhmah, Torah and wisdom, in our generation. Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, of blessed memory, was a man of giant intellect, equally at home in the literature of the sages and of the world, a master talmudist, a profound exponent of Jewish thought, a deep and subtle thinker who loved English literature and whose spiritual horizons were vast. No less impressive was his stature as a human being, caring and sensitive in all his relationships, one who honoured his fellows even when he disagreed with them, a living role model of Jewish ethics at its best. Through his teaching and personal example he had an immense impact on several generations of students, who became more thoughtful and moral people through their interactions with him. His life was a Kiddush ha-Shem, and in his absence we are an orphaned generation.”

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