Yehuda Kiel, a leading educator and
bible commentator, passed away in Jerusalem overnight Wednesday.
in Lithuanian in 1916, Kiel made aliyah in 1936 and in the 1940s was
instrumental in leading the Bnei Akiva youth movement and the
national religious educational system. He also headed the religious
education department in the Education Ministry in the years
But Kiel is perhaps most famous for the monumental
biblical commentary Da'at Miqra project he led, which encompasses
modern scientific research with traditional biblical exegesis. He
also wrote the commentary of several of the volumes, and in 1992
received the Israel Prize for it.
In 2002 he received the Yakir
Yerushalayim (Worthy of Jerusalem) award. He will be laid to rest at
the Shamgar funeral home in the capital at 4:30 on Thursday.