(Left to right) Yehoram Gaon, Bar-Ilan U. President Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin and Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
(photo credit: YONI REIF)
At a ceremony marking 60 years of achievement on Monday night, Bar-Ilan University awarded an honorary doctorate to Israel's 10th president, Reuven Rivlin, and other prominent Israeli and world servants.
The university chose to bestow an honorary doctorate to President Rivlin in tribute to his longstanding efforts to strengthen Israel's standing as the nation of the Jewish people as well as his efforts to cultivate its sovereign symbols, including Jerusalem as its capital.
Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of all the doctorate recipients, Rivlin said, "if we do not create a process whereby critical thinking, skepticism and rebellion will flourish alongside consensus and majority opinion, we will sin against the future of our society."
Alongside Rivlin, other key Israeli figures who received an honorary doctorate included former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Gantz, in acknowledgment of his efforts to ensure the security of the people and State of Israel, as well as singer, actor and Israel Prize recipient Yehoram Gaon for enriching Israeli culture.
Other recipients included artists, businessmen, military, Jewish community and spiritual leaders, women's rights advocates, educators, and the Taglit-Birthright Israel program which brings thousands of diaspora youth for trips to Israel.
During the ceremony, Bar-Ilan University also announced that the Azrieli Foundation, established by the late David Azrieli, will be awarding $50 million to the newly-named Azrieli School of Medicine at Bar-Ilan University.