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Dear Friends,

Hillel Torah joins the worldwide Jewish community in mourning the passing of our Gadol Hador, the great leader of our generation, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt"l.  
Rav Lichtenstein served as the Senior Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Har Etzion, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS and inaugural Rosh Kollel of the Gruss Institute.  As the yeshiva said this morning in its announcement, "the light of our eyes is extinguished, the crown of our heads has fallen"
Rav Lichtenstein was a giant in Torah as well as general knowledge, a true embodiment of Torah u'Madda philosophy. He was a disciple and son in law of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt"l.  Through his shiurim, sichot, writings and his personal example of humility and Avodat Hashem, Rav Lichtenstein taught and inspired thousands of students worldwide, many of whom are now rabbanim, teachers and Jewish communal leaders around the globe.  
I was privileged to be a student of Rav Lichtenstein at the Gruss Kollel and at Har Etzion and I am indebted to him for being my Rebbe Muvhak, my primary Torah teacher.  
It was our great honor to host Rav Lichtenstein here at Hillel Torah just a few years ago, in 2011. When he arrived, our 7th and 8th grade students greeted him with an inspiring chorus of “Torat Hashem Temima” after which Rav Lichtenstein spoke to the students about the meaning of becoming a bar/bat mitzvah



At this age, said the Rav, we start to develop a dual relationship with Hashembased on both yir’a, fear and respect for Hashem and his mitzvot, as well as ahava, love for Hashem and a sense of purpose and mission in fulfilling his mitzvot. In speaking about the conflicting messages our youth often get from home and school on the one hand and the outside society and media on the other, the Rav stressed the importance of being involved in the world, but at the same time knowing how to put it in perspective and what influences to keep out. It was a visit we will never forget. 

The funeral will take place Tuesday April 21, 2 Iyar at Yeshivat Har Etzion at 10:00 am, followed by Kevura on Har Hamenuchot.  The hespedim can be seen via this link:
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Tovah, his children Yitzchak, Moshe, Meir, Shai, Esti and Tonya and by two sisters Hadassah Kleiman and Shoshana Lichtenstein and thousands of Talmidim across the Jewish world.
Yehi zichro baruch,

Rabbi Menachem Linzer