Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
|Died||16 June 2011 (aged 94-95)
|Notable awards||Israel Prize (1992)|
In 1936, Kiel emigrated to Mandate Palestine. He studied Knowledge of the Land of Israel, history, sociology and psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He worked for the students union and was National Executive secretary of Bnei Akiva. After completing his degree in 1940, he taught at Kfar Haroeh, together with his future wife, Tamar. They married in 1941.
From 1967 to 1977, Kiel headed the religious education department of the Israel Ministry of Education.
Kiel was probably best known for the monumental biblical commentary, Da'at Miqra project, which he headed and which encompasses modern scientific research with traditional biblical exergesis.
- In 1992, Kiel was awarded the Israel Prize, for Jewish studies.
- In 2002, he received the Yakir Yerushalayim (Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem) award from the city of Jerusalem.
- Israel Prize Laureate Yehuda Kiel dies YNet, June 16, 2011
- "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1992 (in Hebrew)".
- "Recipients of Yakir Yerushalayim award (in Hebrew)". City of Jerusalem official website