Diverse Crowd Mourns Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

Thousands from across the religious, political spectrum pay respects to leading Religious-Zionist figure, a testament to his vast impact.

Yoni Kempinski ,

Thousands attend Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein's funeral
Thousands attend Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein's funeral
Yoni Kempinski

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, the influential Religious-Zionist leader who passed away Monday, touched the lives of Jews from across the religious and political spectrum.

That influence was on display Tuesday at his funeral, which began at the Har Etzion Yeshiva in Gush Etzion he headed since 1971, in the diverse range of students and admirers who joined a crowd which swelled to well above 10,000 people, before his body was transported for burial in Jerusalem.

"I think that Rabbi Lichtenstein was one of the greatest rabbis in our generation," Rabbi Yitzchak Neria, who heads the Torah Be'Tzion yeshiva, told Arutz Sheva.

Rabbi Lichtenstein's influence extended "way beyond" his own yeshiva, Rabbi Neria noted.

"He had some kind of ripple effect which started here in Yeshivat Har Etzion," he added, noting the diverse nature of the crowd - which contained both black hats and knitted kippot.

Echoing the eulogies given at the yeshiva, another student of Rabbi Lichtenstein - Rabbi Moshe Benowitz - noted that aside from his intellectual and Torah genius, he was also a man of example to whom students could relate - particularly those who, like him, came from the English-speaking world.

"There absolutely is something that everyone can learn from him. He came from a place that many of us Anglos are familiar with and he left that to build torha in Eretz Yisrael - and that's an unbelievable personal example for all of us."