Bar-Ilan University to Award Honorary Doctorate to Rabbi Haim Sabato
Date: 2012-05-22 Hour: 12:32
This evening, in the framework of the 57th Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Bar-Ilan University will bestow an honorary doctorate upon Rabbi Haim Sabato, in recognition of his outstanding work as a Torah scholar, educator and author, and in tribute to his creative contribution to shaping the soul of Israeli society.
Haim Sabato was born in 1952 in Cairo to an illustrious rabbinic family. Forced to leave Egypt after the Suez Crisis of 1956, the Sabato settled moved to Israel in 1957, settling in a transit camp near Kiryat Yovel, Jerusalem. Sabato studied at the prestigious Netiv Meir yeshiva high school and at Yeshivat HaKotel.
Rabbi Sabato served in the IDF as part of a hesder unit in the tank corps, participating in pitched battles that blocked Syrian advances on the Golan during the Yom Kippur war. Later, he became one of the founders of the hesder yeshiva Bircat Moshe in Maaleh Adumim, where he teaches to this day.
Rabbi Sabato is the author of eight books, and his literary output has been translated into many languages. His novel Adjusting Sights, which focuses on Sabato’s wartime experiences, earned wide acclaim for his unique mixture of rabbinic Hebrew and an Agnon-like narrative style. Made into a movie in 2003 – Adjusting Sights won the Sapir Prize, as well as the Yizhak Sadeh Prize for Military Literature. Sabato has since won many other honors, including the Prime Minister’s Prize for Hebrew Authors and Bar-Ilan University’s Newman Prize for Literature.
Sabato’s writings include Aleppo Tales, a collection of autobiographical short stories; the bestselling Dawning of the Day, which tells the story of how Ezra Siman Tov, a humble and religious Jerusalemite, comes to terms with the modern world; and From the Four Winds, a description of Sabato’s youthful experiences in the transit camps of the 1950s.
Sabato has published scholarly works including a collection of essays based on conversations with Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, an explication of the weekly Torah portion, and books of essays relating to the High holidays, the danger of gossip, and other subjects. He is co-editor of “Minchat Aharon” – a collection of Judaic articles published in memory of Sabato’s grandfather who was a Rosh Yeshiva in Egypt.
The honorary doctorate will be conferred this evening, May 22, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dahan Family Unity Park on Bar-Ilan University's North Campus. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the University website.