Israel Prize laureate Yehuda Kiel passes away

June 16, 2011 11:22

Yehuda Kiel, a leading educator and bible commentator, passed away in Jerusalem overnight Wednesday.

Born 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 1967-1977.

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.

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