Greatest Jew of the Decade

In the last decade who has contributed the most to the Jewish people?

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(270) Anonymous, August 6, 2013 7:38 PM

Rav Noach Weinberg

(269) chaim, January 18, 2011 2:09 AM

rabbi hershel shachter

(268) chaim, October 25, 2010 8:22 PM

Let's not make a divide

Somebody will always be upset. There are so many dimensions of contribution and one is no less important than the other.

(267) Anonymous, February 9, 2010 6:25 PM

Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz

Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz

(266) morris, January 5, 2010 2:32 AM

rabbi kahane was the greates jew of the last 5 decades

(265) Anonymous, January 4, 2010 6:59 AM

professor avi rivkind -head of the trauma unit, haddasah ein kerem, jerusalem

very dedicated to help one and all, with his very big heart and love of klal yisroel.

(264) Anonymous, January 3, 2010 4:51 PM

Rabbi Noah Weinberg wins the man of the decade award with Shlomo Carlebach standing at his side singing his praises.

(263) Anonymous, January 3, 2010 5:58 AM

This could be just a simple yewish mother with a couple of yewish kids and a husband to support. She does it all in modesty real G`d fearing ,G`d loveing fighting a dayly war against all treds from outsite somewere in Kiryat arba or lower galiel. Som one who rises a new generation of Yews who will bring a new generation . I know planty of women like that . I thjink they should get a reward like this.

(262) Sharon, January 1, 2010 10:11 AM

Shlomo Carlebach

He touched the lives of so many, it is impossible to measure his impact.

(261) Haim from NYC, January 1, 2010 5:22 AM

Jon Voight

Voight always speaks up for Israel and the Jews even though he risks his career as a Hollywood actor by doing so. He visited Sderot and then went on TV to let Americans know what was going on there. I think he had a lot to do with the fact that there wasn't a huge backlash in America to Operation Cast as there had been to the Lebanon war in summer of 2006.

(260) Gloria from NYC, January 1, 2010 4:37 AM

President George W. Bush

Bush repeatedly stood with Israel throughout his 8 years in office even though the American Left (including most Jews) demonized him for it. He did what he believed was right and their unrelenting attacks (still ongoing) didn't stop him from visiting Israel while in office. I just saw "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" tonight and was reminded that you don't have to be Jewish to be "very good for the Jews."

(259) Josh Hasten, December 31, 2009 9:01 AM

People of the decade: The Jews of Israel

Over the past 10 years the Jews of Israel have been living on one of the most active front lines in the world wide fight against terrorism. Despite the shootings, suicide bombings, rocket attacks, kidnappings, lynchings, fire bomb and rock attacks, stabbings, 2 wars etc. etc. the Jews of Israel remain steadfast in settling the entire Land of Israel, and defending the Jewish people both here and abroad. G-d willing Jews around the world will become inspired by this group (now the largest Jewish population in the world), AND COME HOME TO ISRAEL!! That is why Israeli Jewry should be given this award!

(258) Andy, December 30, 2009 3:55 AM

Seems one man stands out stands out above the rest

'the lord knew face to face" Moshe Rabenu. Seems to me that he is the most influential Jew in history including the last decade I suspect the giants nominated would agree

(257) Danielle S. Storch, December 30, 2009 3:31 AM

Hands is Harav Noach Weinberg, Z"Tl

Because of this one great man, O"BM....there are centers of Yiddishkeit and learning all around the most major cities. WOW!!!!!

(256) Ingrid Wald, December 30, 2009 3:03 AM

Lubavicher Rebbe - Rabbi Schneerson z'zl

I feel that the Lubavicher Rebbe along with all of the schluchim have done more to return Jews to Yiddishkeit than anyone else. The acceptance and the caring that the Lubavichers show for all Jews - not just the observant - is wonderful!

(255) , December 29, 2009 11:16 PM

Ed Conn My suggestion: Senator Joseph Lieberman,FIRST CLASS in every way,distinguished,highly respected, no spin, unwavering,dependable alliegence to his country and constituents. A MENCH !.

(254) Anonymous, December 29, 2009 10:51 PM

The Holy Chayalim and Chayalot

Every single one of those holy neshamos, that put their lives out on the line to protect their brothers and sisters living in Eretz Yisroel. And they do so, with an abundance of love!!! We can never thank you enough.

(253) yitzchak horvitz, December 29, 2009 8:23 PM

biggest contribution to the jewish people

the Lubaviticher Rebbe established chabad outreach locations all across the the past decade there is and continues to be more learning, more gemilus chassadim, more mitzvahs and more bal tsuvahs due to the Rebbes forsight. literally in every location that jews live. i don't know of a bigger contribution that Hashem would want.

(252) a fan of, December 29, 2009 6:38 PM



(251) Chavie Zelmanowitz, December 29, 2009 8:00 AM

Avremel Zelmanowitz, my nominee for the award

Avremel's Kiddush Hashem on September 11, 2001, when he wouldn't leave his non-Jewish friend, is a story that reverberates around the world to this day. It has been mentioned in numerous books and recently was included in a 9/11 educational program that is part of the curriculum of numerous public schools around the country. I believe that qualifies him to be a viable candidate.

(250) David Kopelman, December 29, 2009 4:04 AM

President George W. Bush

His administration has vetoed every anti-Israel resolution proposed by Israel's enemies in the U.N. Security Council. Unfotunately, I'm not so confident about the current administration.

(249) Aviva Leibovitch, December 29, 2009 3:59 AM

I think it should be Rebbetzin Jungreis!

I believe that she has been an amazing speaker and inspiring person to the Jewish people and she deserves this award more than anyone!

(248) Anonymous, December 29, 2009 1:18 AM

Marc Townsend

The Greatest Jew of the all

(247) Matt Tillman, December 28, 2009 4:14 PM

Greatest Jew o/t Decade Award

There was only one name came to my mind. For the last 2 decades, Rabbi Noah Weinberg zt'l has had a huge impact on my life. I nominate him for the award.

(246) Consuelo Endara, December 28, 2009 5:57 AM

he is for sure!!!

Rabbi Noah Weinberg!

(245) Sam SUede, December 28, 2009 4:06 AM

Nefesh B'nefesh!

There are no two individuals that earn more koved than Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Fass. They have helped 25,000 people make aliyah and those 25,000 have already had families that make it more than 25,000! They have changed the landscape of Aliyah forever with the dedication adn professionalism.

(244) Anonymous, December 28, 2009 3:31 AM

Rav Noach Weinberg of blessed memory. He has provided countless Jews with the opertunity to return to Torah. That should be enough!

(243) Steve W, December 28, 2009 3:14 AM

George Bush this decade

Continuos staunch support for Israel makes him my choice for person of the decade

(242) ESTHER RODRIGUEZ, December 28, 2009 12:41 AM



(241) Anonymous, December 27, 2009 9:09 PM

The IDF - Israeli Defense Force

Kol Hacavod ve Toda Le Tzahal! she'Hashem yishmor etchem - Gilad Shalit yachzor be'shalom maher

(240) Anonymous, December 27, 2009 7:34 PM

Rabbi Noach Weinberg

He is on the right of the screan, and He contributed the most by far.

(239) Chana, December 27, 2009 7:06 PM

Rabbi Noach Weinberg ZATZA"L

(238) Anonymous, December 27, 2009 2:15 PM

The Jewish Settlers of Judea and Shomron

The 'settlers' are the greatest contributors of the decade because they are the unsung embodiment of Jewish idealism and Zionism. Maligned and spurned even by many of their fellow Jews, they carry on Hashem's promise made to our forefathers. They are the best of the best, contributing to Judaism, Israel, and the world in untold ways.

(237) Anonymous, December 27, 2009 12:33 PM

Rabbi Yaakov Salomon

I think that you, Rabbi Yaakov Salomon, should be awarded as the greatest Jew of the decade. You help return lost Jews (such as my former self) to true Judaism.

(236) hillel paritch, December 27, 2009 5:43 AM


the lubavitch movement is definently the man of the decade. it has doubled its emmisarys in the past 15 years, it has changed the face of jewish youh on university campuses worldwide, it impacts (according to statistics) millions of jews every year.

(235) Anonymous, December 27, 2009 3:35 AM

Kotler Family

There is nothing that affected Orthodox Judaism in America like the Lakewood Yeshiva. Its influence stretches far beyond the"black hat" crowd. It is unquestionably the standard bearer of Torah in America and beyond.

(234) The Kollel Husband, December 27, 2009 3:30 AM

Tireless committment to the study of Torah

My Husband who has tirelessly gone to yeshiva for 40 years, learning at least 12 hours every day, putting learning before everything else - and many more kollel yungeleit like him!!! This is what keeps our world going - and even with little or no recognition - they are the true heroes of our time

(233) Anonymous, December 27, 2009 12:38 AM


I feel that teachers have contributed the most to Judaism in the last decade. Teachers educate the children who are the future of our great nation. To all the teachers out there-THANK YOU!!!

(232) leah krainess, December 26, 2009 9:31 PM

my 9 year old daughter who is sick

my 9 year old who has been sick for four daughter has taught me to smile and be happy and to always see the good no matter what. when she could not use her left arm she said she has anther one. when she became blind in her left eye she said" that is why hashem gave us two eyes ima! "when the doctor said instead of one shot a day i would have to give her two she said" it could have to been three!" i have learned from my daughter what truly it is to be happy with what ever hashem sends our way!!

(231) Shoshana Shapiro, December 26, 2009 7:11 AM

Neither Obama nor Gore is a Jew

To the person who nominated Obama as the greatest Jew of the decade, please recall that he isn't. And thank G-d for that. His progressive secularist agenda, coupled with his moral relative stance on Israel and the so-called Palestinians, should frighten every Jew who knows his history. I vote for David Appletree, founder of the Jewish Internet Defense Force, who reported on the vicious antisemitism and terrorism on facebook, which is owned by self-hating Jew Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg removed sites that were the slightest bit anti-Muslim, but ignored those that called for violence against Jews, which is against Facebook's own terms and conditions.

(230) David Schwed, December 25, 2009 10:20 PM

Sincerely Answering the question is the blessing

The isolated Jew who puts on Tallis and Tefillin every morning and the isolated woman who celebrate Shabbat each week and live by Torah change the world

(229) Robin, December 25, 2009 9:52 PM

King Solomon Award

Rabbi Yaakov Salomon should get the King Solomon Award along with for returning Torah and Tanakh to lost Jews like myself. My Jewish dad died in May in my home as my local Hospice was helping me to care for him. My mom died 13 years ago in the hospital so I did not see her die. was there for me when I emailed a question. They answered all of my questions and now I am learning all about my Torah. Thank you so much. Shalom, Robin

(228) Jeffrey, Ra'anana, December 25, 2009 1:38 PM

Dr David Applebaum z"l

Rabbi , Dr David Applebaum was killed along his 20-year old daughter, Nava, on the eve of her wedding. Appelbaum had just returned from New York, where he addressed a symposium on terrorism marking the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States. He ended his remarks with: "From one moment to the next, we never know what will happen in the ER [emergency room], but it's in Jerusalem that real reality occurs. Applebaum's murder was described by The Lancet as a tragic irony: This victim of a suicide bomber was himself an "emergency room doctor who treated victims of dozens of suicide bombings in Israel."[2] In an incident in 1984, Applebaum rushed to aid a man shot in a clothing shop, operating on him while the shooting continued.[5] In 1986, the Israeli Knesset presented Applebaum with the Quality of Life Award for treating terror victims on King George Street in Jerusalem while bullets flew around him Applebaum pioneered the idea of immediate care clinics in Israel, to divert non-emergency cases from hospital emergency rooms while delivering faster care to patients who would have had long waits for emergency room staff. The British Medical Journal noted that Appelbaum trained both Arab and Jewish physicians and nurses for his system of urgent care centers so that there would be staffing on the holy days of both religions.[7] He was credited by The Lancet with "transforming" the delivery of emergency care in Israel.[2] Jonathan Halevy, Director General of Shaare Zedek, called Applebaum "a master of emergency medicine." He said that Applebaum had spent the last year upgrading the center’s emergency room procedures, and previously had set up a chain of small emergency care centers throughout Jerusalem.[4]

(227) elsa, December 25, 2009 8:32 AM

Greatest Jew of the decade

Yitzak Aharonovitz Where would Israel and the Jewish people be today if he had not shown such determination? We owe him a medal!!

(226) Anonymous, December 25, 2009 5:47 AM

Jay Schottenstein for funding the Artscroll Gemara project

The growth in popularity of daf yomi has been remarkable due to the ease with which people can now learn the Talmud. It is all due to Mr. Schottenstein's generosity.

(225) Anonymous, December 25, 2009 5:10 AM

Al Gore & Obama

Al Gore & Obama should receive this reward for helping us realize that just as the world needs change, and Obama showed us America has change, now we see what Judaism would be like if we'd listen to Mendelson's movement and implement change.

(224) shoshana, December 25, 2009 4:52 AM

Rav Noach Weinberg Zt"l

rabbi weinberg had an impact on so many jews through is books his ideas, 48 ways to greatness, 5 levels of happiness,, the whole orgianzation. how many jews have returned to the Jewish people because of Rav Noach?

(223) Anonymous, December 25, 2009 3:34 AM

Rabbi Noach Weinberg, ztl

Rabbi Noach Weinberg, ztl, and all of the leaders within the worldwide Baal Teshuva movement deserve the award. The Baal Teshuva movement will surely be one of the most important preludes to the coming of Moshiach, may he arrive speedily in our days

(222) cindy, December 25, 2009 3:21 AM

2 winners should receive prize

To me, I think the prize should be shared by Rabbi Fass of Nefesh B'Nefesh who is responsible for the aliyah of tens of thousands of Jews to Israel, and the man who created, underwrote and supports the Birthright program (I don't know his name) He too is responsible for bringing Jews to Israel, teaching them about their culture: his program has even made Shidduchim, so he is responsible for Jews marrying Jews...

(221) Dovid K, December 25, 2009 2:54 AM


Sanhedrin 37a: A person is obligated to say : the entire world was created for my sake." Must be me.

(220) Anonymous, December 25, 2009 2:36 AM

My nomination: Nb'N heads

This decade's winners, in my opinion, are the heads of Nefesh B'Nefesh, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbert, who founded an organization (in 2002, I think) that's brought about 18,000 thousand Jews home to Israel. How's that for impact? (Watch one of their videos and cry from inspiration!) Still in Chutz, waiting for my turn to take a Nb"N flight!

(219) Sabba Hillel, December 25, 2009 2:08 AM

secular or real decade.

The count is 1 based not 0 based. Thus, in the secular calendar, the decade is 2001 - 2010. In the real calendar, it is 5761 - 5770. In either case, the decade is not yet over.

(218) Irit, December 25, 2009 2:01 AM

Him for sure!

I think that Rav Noach Wienberg has contributed to the Jewish people the most, because being a Ba'al Teshuva, it means the world to me what he did for Jews all over the world. If it weren't for him, a lot of us wouldn't be here today!

(217) Anonymous, December 25, 2009 1:08 AM

I think that if not for MISASKIM it would be you (Rabbi Yaakov Salomon) but you know and I Know that misaskim is the answer you're looking for

(216) Nate, December 25, 2009 12:34 AM

Rabbi Motty Finkel

For those unfortunate enough to have been victims of abuse know that staying religious is a tremendous challenge. For the past decade in Chicago and through his students via the Internet, his message of hope and rebuilding has helped countless people. I am one of the many who thanks to Rabbi Finkel can call myself a survivor. What he does is truly a chessed shel emet without any honors bestowed upon him or any financial benefit. May he, his wife, and children be given the health and finances needed to continue rebuilding lives.

(215) mordechai perlman, December 24, 2009 10:57 PM

my father

i thik my father should win because in my family there are 8 children and he pays hundreds of dollars each week and brings us on trips but what deos he do for his own pleasure nothing i know hes the right type of person

(214) DeborahWise, December 24, 2009 10:41 PM

Noah Weinberg

I love all that is so easy for me to access and learn. I am grateful for all the education that is available to me. Much love, jeani

(213) Ben Tzion Levy, December 24, 2009 9:36 PM

Dr. Eli Schussheim,

President of Israel's Committee for the Rescue of Israel's Babies-Efrat. Dr. Schusseim's organization, Efrat, has saved 20,000 Israeli babies from abortions over the past decade by providing financial and emotional assistance. Save a life and you've saved the world!

(212) , December 24, 2009 7:47 PM

Madonna has made the most broad based impact with Kabbalah

Madonna had people at her concerts scanning Jewish letters, listening to songs about Rabbis, and making Kabbalah and the study of Judaism a necessary thing to improve all of our lives. She is world wide, and sincere.

(211) Anonymous, December 24, 2009 6:41 PM

does not sound like a Jewish concept.

(210) Anonymous, December 24, 2009 6:22 PM

Greatest Contributor to the Jewish People

It may be Cliché, but I propose a co-contributor award to Jewish Mother's and Fathers around the world...without parents dedicated to marrying Jewish and raising children Jewish, we would not have survived.

(209) David Schwed, December 24, 2009 6:22 PM

Chabad Rabbis and Families in isolated areas

Living in an isolated area I see everyday the effect of our local Chabad Rabbi, his wife and children in creating an abode for Hashem and a home for Jews who live away from Jewish population centers and those traveling. They touch more people than they know and get very little acknowledgement. Sadly, as in Mumbai, they are sometimes forced to give their lives for the sanctification of G-d.

(208) Rivka D, December 24, 2009 5:44 PM

make it multiple awards

After browsing through the previous comments, I think the award should be re-defined. King Solomon Award goes to any PERSON or HUMAN GROUP which has had a major positive influence on yiddishkeit in the last decade. I agree with many of the nominations below: Shlomo Carlebach, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rebbetzin Jungreis,, Nefesh b'Nefesh, Schottenstein family, (not ArtScroll, they started 3 decades ago), Natan Slifkin, BirthRight Israel, Rabbi Avraham Twerski . . .

(207) Anonymous, December 24, 2009 3:55 PM

Rabbi Weinberg ZT"L always taught us to emulate the Almighty. In the eyes of the Almighty every Jew is the greatest person. As Rabbi Weinberg taught us as well, we in our eyes cannot understand nor do we know which Jew is greater then any other. Someone whom to us may be insignificant can be the greatest living person in the eyes of G-D. I repectfully disagree with this idea. I have not read every comment (there are many) but clearly this has turned into a contest. As Jews we do not compete nor do we label or do anything that would make it appear that one person is more valuable then another. We are all great and every Jewish soul is a winner. Our sages teach us laws on respect for our elders, for Rabbi's and other people of stature. But that is what we must do - respect and honor them. Not rate them nor chooses one over another. ....Just my personal opinion.

(206) minols, December 24, 2009 2:03 PM

Most of the above are good choices. What is the common denominator among many of them ? Whenever they had problems or needed advise, they turned to Rav Zelig Epstein ztl for guidance and encouragmeent. I nominate him as the person who made the greatest impact from behind the scenes, helping the others to make the up-fromt cotributions that they did.

(205) Anonymous, December 24, 2009 12:23 PM

Zalman C. Bernstein - Avi Chai Foundation

Jewish education is the key to the future. Zalman C. Bernstein's foundation has made the greatest impact on the Jewish people this past decade.

(204) Anonymous, December 24, 2009 8:58 AM

Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager is a Clear Thinker and awsome educator.He has published a huge amount of articles and books .A daily radio show allows for clarity and current points of view on every subject. He gets my vote.

(203) Anonymous, December 24, 2009 7:23 AM

Rabbi Elyashiv

Who else?

(202) MSB, December 24, 2009 5:50 AM

The king solomon award was well earnd by Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Solomon Shlita!

What a multi talented adorable Jewish super star Mentch! Rabbi Dr. Solomon, you definitely deserve to be nominated for the King Solomon Award! Your speaking, writing and musical talents have delighted and inspired audiences from Harvard to Broadway, Europe, Israel and everything in between. You're a renowned and experienced psychotherapist and popular author with an impact on countless leaders who transmit you wisdom, insight, clarity and approach to the most complicated and difficult situations in life. You're a true roll model of ultimate success in our generation who we can aspire to emulate. Thank you Rabbi Solomon for being our nation's pride!

(201) Michel, December 24, 2009 5:37 AM


Think about the last decade without the shas, chumash or siddur..enough said

(200) MSB, December 24, 2009 5:17 AM

The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Harav Yisrael Meir LAU Shlita!

Rabbi Lau is still by far the most eloquent inspirational speaker, representing the Jewish nation in the world, bringing back it's prestige and glory to all segments of the Jewish nation.

(199) Lishma, December 24, 2009 5:02 AM

The front runner

Three greatest Rabbi, Speaker, Rosh Yeshiva and Askan for Torah Judaism (especially for our less fortunate brothers and sisters of the former soviet union) is , hands down: Harav Shmuel Dishon Shlita

(198) Ariella, December 24, 2009 2:58 AM

those who maintain innocents

Anyone who has maintained a lack of cynicism despite the constant pollution caused to our neshamas as a result of lashon harah on blogs.

(197) Anonymous, December 24, 2009 2:55 AM


The blogger UOJ deserves to be awarded the Jew of the Decade award. His blogging about child sexual abuse in the Jewish community helped bring this painful issue to the forefront and as a result, saved countless lives.

(196) Ozer, December 24, 2009 2:43 AM

I vote for...

Rabbi Noach Weinberg ZT"L

(195) yosssi, December 24, 2009 2:23 AM


greatest Jew who impacted most`- Rav Noach Weinberg voice of Judaism- Lord Rabbi Jonathon Sacks Greatest orginazatons- Chabad and OU

(194) kathy schneider, December 24, 2009 12:54 AM

Natan Sharansky

In a time of loss of faith and corruption and low morals, Sharansky is one man who has not changed from his dedication to the jewish people. He is a true hero.

(193) mendy, December 24, 2009 12:36 AM

the lubavitch rebbe ofcourse!

(192) LF, December 23, 2009 10:59 PM

re: impact on Judaism award

I agree that it should go to Birthright or its founders. It's perfect because I believe the organization started operating in 2000 so it's 10 years old. Without a doubt it has made a huge impact on people's connection to Israel and Judaism, which I have personally seen among my peers.

(191) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 10:18 PM

bernie madoff

(190) Dorraine Gilbert Weiss, December 23, 2009 9:41 PM

Jew of the Decade

Rabbi Noah Weinberg for having the vision and acting on the fact that Jewish people had to come back to Torah to have a meaningful life. Now with the new Aish Center at the Kotel millions of people will finally know why Jerusalem is the heart, soul and history of the Jewish people.

(189) Harriet, December 23, 2009 9:37 PM

Person of the last decade who did the most for Israel

I believe that person to be President Bush

(188) zlist, December 23, 2009 9:10 PM

I think the JAM and Meohr college programs that send Jewish students to Israel. They have made so many people religious over the past decade.

(187) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 8:50 PM

I have given this great thought. My first thought was Rav Noach Weinberg, of blessed memory. The reasons need no explanation. However, I am torn becasuse has brought so many Jews back to a life of observance. Aish has enabled Jews who are unaffiliated, or don't have the resources to otherwise learn about Torah Judaism. On the other hand, for more than the past 10 years, when one thinks of Aish one cannot help but think of Rav Noach Weinberg. The two are so intertwined in my mind and in my heart. On the other hand.....I don't have enough hands to keep this up! Rav Noach Weinberg WAS But the organization, and its many many other wonderful contributors has to be the winner in my mind. Aish has reached out to any Jew who wants to learn and feel part of the community, even if they are not able to live in a Jewish, or a large Jewish, community in a physical sense. Thank you aish for changing my life so dramatically!

(186) Frady Kess, December 23, 2009 8:30 PM

Rebbetzin Deena Weinberg

Think of all the Jewish women who have learned and are learning from this truly amazing, great woman!

(185) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 8:18 PM

Malcolm Hoenlein

I think Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the conference of presidents of major jewish organizations. What Mr. Hoenlein does for Jews throughout the world is exemplary. May Hashem give him the Koach to continue to do what he does.

(184) Pleasant, December 23, 2009 8:02 PM

The one who has given the jewish people the most in the last decade:

I would like to nominate G-d. And that is the only one I believe deserves it out of all the beings I know.

(183) Seth C, December 23, 2009 7:49 PM

Elie Wiesel

By being a moral voice in constant, genuine support of all downtrodden and oppressed people everywhere, while simultaneously standing strong for Israel's security and in support of Yiddishkeit, while also being such a respected literary figure, Elie Wiesel is constantly practicing kiddush Hashem at a tremendous, unparalleled level.

(182) Jose, December 23, 2009 7:45 PM

Aaron's Best

Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin. Made Glatt Kosher meat affordable for so many in so many places. His plight also showed the dager of self hating jews, unfortunately.

(181) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 7:23 PM

Bnei Torah hold up the world

The Talmud says that torah scholars hold up the world. thus I'd like to niminate all the yeshiva people that are devoting their lives to learning torah.

(180) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 7:19 PM

Menachem Mendel Shneerson

and Chabad

(179) martin nerl, December 23, 2009 7:10 PM


on a personel level and i think others would agree that it applies to themselves as well,i would vote for rabbi meir zlotowitz founder of artscroll.not just because the rabbi's books what the angel taught me,something to think about and solomon says were published by artscroll.i mean the prayer books,the talmud and even the mishna.i was studying the tractate zevachim which has to do with the temple sacrifices and i found the explanations so clear and concise.thats my opinion,but i think on a day in day out basis artscroll has changed me the most over the last decade

(178) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 7:04 PM

there is only one man -

Noah Weinburg of blessed memory

(177) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 7:04 PM

Impossible for mere human to decide who made greatest contribution

By definiton, since we don't comprehend the value of each mitzva, we can't say who made the biggest contribution. Maybe its the busiest mohel who is bringing in the most children to bris mila. Maybe its a kashrus org that is feeding every single jew kosher food with its certifications. Maybe its the local Rabonim that are paskening daily shailos to their flocks. Maybe its Talmidei Chachomim that are holding up the world with their Torah learning. Maybe its the Tomchei Shabbos groups that are saving Jewish Families. Or Hatzola. The list goes on. I think it takes ruach hakodesh to know who made the biggest impact on Jewish life.

(176) Sorah, December 23, 2009 6:58 PM

I feel cheated...

Usually I praise the articles and videos on the Aish Ha Torah Web site, but one leaves me feeling cheated. It promises the "Greatest Jew in the Last Decade<" but instead of giving us some meat to chew on, it asks us for our opinion! Members of the Aish family of viewers don't usually need much prodding to voice an opinion -- but it is an opinion on something -- an idea, an experience -- put forward, not simply a call to express yourself. Obviously there is no clear answer to this question, but before you solicit opinions, put one out yourself. Or -- and this is directed at the editor -- use a headline that reflects that this is a call for editorial contributions, not a contribution itself. Aish has set a very high standard for editorial quality, but this doesn't measure up.

(175) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 6:50 PM

Jewish contributor of the decade

Pope John Paul II Best pope ever for the Jews!

(174) Yehuda, December 23, 2009 6:39 PM

ArtScroll Publications

The accomplishments of this organization speaks for itself.

(173) kosherman, December 23, 2009 6:23 PM


(172) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 6:19 PM

Natan Slifkin

The controversy his books created have opened up a whole new discussion of issues pertinent to Jewish faith and belief!

(171) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 5:48 PM

incredible outreach

Rabbi Avraham Jacobovitz and his wife Rebbetzin Baila Jacobovitz have hundreds of shabbos guestsand have taught countless classes to non-observant jews and exposed them to the beauty of authentic judaism.

(170) MikeW, December 23, 2009 5:47 PM

Dennis Prager

For explaining and promoting the Jewish vision of the world to both the Jewish and Christian communities, for working for Jewish-Christian unity and support of Israel and Judeo-Christian values I nominate writer/lecturer/talk show host Dennis Prager. His calm, reasoned demeanor provides a positive Jewish role model to millions of Americans each and every day.

(169) Alex, December 23, 2009 4:45 PM

Moshe Feiglin (Emerging great leader)

Moshe Feiglin is the only guy who seems to be a real jewish leader after passing of the great rabi Meir Kahane. If only more peiople could become members of Manginut Yehidy fraction to get him to be Israel prime minister.

(168) Mina, December 23, 2009 3:34 PM

Chabad & Birth Right Israel

Chabad has an open door policy that is so refreshing and welcoming... to any Jew. This feeling of welcome and acceptance has for sure made me a better Jew and i know that I'm not the only one...And the fact that they settle in the most far regions of the world to make sure that every Jew has a place is an amazing effort. I did read a comment that was posted before me that Birth Right Israel should get the prize... It is also a wonderful organization. My younger cousins all took advantage of the offer and had a deeper understanding and a better connection with their jewish roots upon their return. So I say Chabad and Birth Right Isarel!

(167) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 2:43 PM

GREAT idea - but there is NO REAL WAY to ferret this out !

Many great names suggested already - each in their own right deserving, and as was aptly noted - ani - is a best choice - contribute from where you are - and, much like the NYC marathon, the difference in running times among the top thirty or so runners is only a few seconds - so it is with determining the top hebrew or, non jew of the decade for jewish concerns. Except, in human dimensions, the part worth contributions do not lends themselves to linear models. Random thoughts . . . 1. another unique person, a Rabbi or chevrusa (formal or informal) that had the most influence in your life, at a pivotal moment (s) in ones own growth as a jew - there often are many such individuals and events over a life time. 2. And, our within group suggestions reflect, our immediate social connections as much as they do candidate merit. 3. A GREAT thing to ponder though - reading these comments made feel rather hopeful given the range of heavy hitters. Had not realized how many and, to a great degree are putting themselves "out there" of behalf of the tribe. 4. Not sure how this is to be resolved - maybe a "top ten" for the decade makes such a distinction more feasible and palpable for the favorable PR such a distinction should generate. PS: some of the names already suggested were on my list - so I will add a new one - Ann Coulter - she is a clear thinker just like Sowell - they often think jewishly and are good for us too ! That interview where she refers to perfecting jews is a testimony to sober thinking and, to the adverse effects assimilation. She knows more about being jewish then the guy interviewing her. IF one is sure of their yiddishkeit, then her attitude & expression is nothing more than an affectionate reference to her older brothers - that us! IF someone in one of our neighborhoods were to have her over for shabbes, she'd make a great Jewess. Send her for a year to the women's yeshiva, say N'veh in Jerusalem!

(166) Bruce Zivan, December 23, 2009 2:25 PM

Aliyah is the Word!

Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and those who have helped him create, launch and expand Nefesh B'Nefesh, thereby bringing thousands of new olim to Israel. There has been no greater contribution to the Jewish people over the past 10 years than theirs and the generations that will follow olim like myself will bear that out.

(165) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 2:13 PM

greatest Jew/decade-?

Greatest Jew of the decade? Oy gevalt - such a title rather goyishe take on matters, nu? We're all in the same boat

(164) Marshall Shapiro, December 23, 2009 1:21 PM

Moshe Feiglin -- Israel's only hope

Feiglin is the only person in Israeli politics with the ethics, wisdom and integrity to turn it into a true Jewish State and clean out that nest of vipers who rule the Knesset. He represents true hope not only for the future but for survival.

(163) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 1:08 PM

The Gadol Hador Rav Eliyashev

This one was already voted by those who really are involved with the Jewish people, the leaders of the people - the fact that the Gadol Hador is the Gadol Hador is because he is making the greatest contribution to the Jewish people. No brainer.

(162) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 12:01 PM

Raizy Ziegler

Raizy Ziegler from Zichron Shlomo Refuah Fund should receive the award. She has helped the jewish community for over 20 years by helping those that are in need of financial aid due to sickness. Whether it's Dr or hospital fees, airline teckets, home attendants, food, or even a get-away trip for the tired family after a long hospital stay. She also provides kosher videos for the stay at home children or adults who are stricken with the dreaded disease. Raizy has more then a handful of volunteers, helping her at any given moment. All the charity that is given to this organization goes directly to her cause. Nobody gets paid for helping Raizy. She works day and night answering phone calls, listening and helping anyone who needs her help. She treats everyone as if they were family; with an open heart, never refusing anyone. Since her death of her son, Shlomo, who passed away at a young age, Raizy is making sure Shlomo's name is never forgotten. This is why I think Raizy Ziegler should get this Aish Hatorah King Solomon Award.

(161) Malka, December 23, 2009 11:57 AM

Jews of the decade

Birthright for provided a platform for young Jews to live like young Jews in Israel

(160) Joe Michaels, December 23, 2009 11:56 AM

Sorry for sounding so flattering, but... AISH.COM !

Think about it: This was the Internet decade. blazed the trail and was the first Jewish educational site to use top-tier graphics, articles and films. Best of luck to you guys -- you probably have no idea of the impact you have had and will continue to have.

(159) Freddy, December 23, 2009 11:44 AM

Rav Furer

Every Jew who has or had a health problem, who needs a transplant, who needs a special operation heard and dealt with Rav Furer in Israel. He has any and every connection in the medical world and uses his connection to help his fellow Jews in need......

(158) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 11:21 AM



(157) Ray, December 23, 2009 8:46 AM

people who do wonders...with no one knowing!

Janet Hay Abishor & Benyamin Abishor are a married couple whom help Jewish people in need. They dedicated their lives to Israel, and helping Jewish singles get married. Bless them

(156) Moishe, December 23, 2009 7:53 AM

I vote for R Noach Weinberg

For bringing people when we are losing so many

(155) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 7:53 AM

. Geert Wilders; he is Europe's most outspoken critic of the Islamization of the Western world, as well as the resurgence of anti-semitic sentiments in the pro-European movement. He has great admiration the Jewish people and Israel as they stand for democracy and a free society in the midst of their enemies. Geert Wilders is a voice of sanity and truth, recognizing that Judeo-Christian values and humanistic ideals have made Europe into what it is today: tolerant and free. He is one of the most mis- understood, vilified political leaders in the world. He deserves a closer look!

(154) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 7:52 AM

For person of the decade I nominate Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, Rabbi Abrahma Twersky, and Rebbitizen Esther Jungreiss. Their books have provided excellent guidance for both my wife and myself.

(153) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 7:51 AM

David Horowitz of Freedom Center should be selected as a person that contributed to Jewes in the past of 10 years

(152) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 7:50 AM

its not one person but a group. The honestreporting team. They live the lives of religious jews and work tirelessly to stop the bias against Israel in the media. Recently a programme on channel 4 UK "dispatches" about the so-called powerful lobby in Britain attacked them for being a powerful lobby group andchallenging the BBC. This means they are having an effect. The work on donations and have inspired hundreds of thousand of people to write (politely) to different media groups to criticise the bias of that group. They also organise and lead conferences in Israel where you meet the media, leaders and visit 'hotspots'. They are truly inspiring for their commitment to Judasim.

(151) Simcha Mendel Freedman, December 23, 2009 6:53 AM

The Lubavitcher Rebbe!!!!!

The Lubavitcher Rebbe absolutely with no shadow of a doubt deserves this award. Nobody did so much to bring Jews closer to Judaism than the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He stressed more than anyone else a love for your fellow Jew no matter who he or she is, where he or she came from & his or her customs. He stressed NOT giving away any part of the Land of Israel because of the danger it would cause to Jews in Israel & around the world and we see the results today prove that he was right. He also stressed teaching the "Seven Noahide Laws" to the non-Jews which has been very successful. His teachings are still thriving today & Lubavitcher Chassidim as well as many Jews who are not Luvavitchers are learning his teachings.

(150) Tzvi Aryeh, December 23, 2009 3:45 AM

Persons of the Decade

Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin for their replicable education model in New Orleans

(149) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 3:31 AM

Rabbi Noah Weinberg zt"l

Rabbi Weinberg zt'l started Aish Hatorah, and was one of the most influential Kiruv personalities worldwide. He certainly had a lasting impact on Jewish life.

(148) Pam, December 23, 2009 3:24 AM

There Can Be Only One?

I think there are many who have made an impact, but I would have to say Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, who runs Migdal Ohr, a huge orphanage in Israel. Rabbi Grossman has dedicated his life to helping his fellow Jew, and has saved thousands of lives. He is a tzaddik in our time, surely someone who carries the world.

(147) Al Talana, December 23, 2009 3:03 AM

Laser, Rav Kahane was great but didn't start Soviet Jewry protests

Rav Kahane was a great man but the Soviet Jewry protest movement began with a protest in 1962. While he had been active in Betar much earlier (c1950) Rav Kahane began got involved after JDL was formed c1968.

(146) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 2:59 AM

lori palotnick

for bringing tons of jewish women to israel

(145) Aaron, December 23, 2009 2:18 AM

Rav Ovadia Yosef

He has brought the Sephardim out of the shadows and made them into better citizens of Ha-Shem and State. And he has done this by being a regal example and by mobilize massive Kiruv efforts. Rav Ovadia has managed to reverse in a major way the damage the State inflicted on Sephardim when they sheepishly and naively followed the State's leads into their new homes in the Holy land they only dreamed of. Rav Ovadia serves as a reminder of how the Sephardi giants like Rav Yosef Karo, Ben Ish Chai and many others were revered by world Jewery.

(144) Marc, December 23, 2009 2:06 AM

David Harris of the AJC

His thoughtful manner in approaching issues that affect Jews worldwide has repeatedly risen above rhetoric, and has received the respect of US and world politicians. As director of the AJC, his leadership has inspired many to become better informed of the issues and to be actively involved in just causes.

(143) Judith, December 23, 2009 1:51 AM

zionism explained

Sidney Zion New York newspaper man who supported Israel and its right to existance..

(142) Arnold Ismach, December 23, 2009 12:42 AM

I agree that Netanyahu has had the greatest impact on the lives of Israelis and the reputation of Jews in the past decade.

(141) cs, December 23, 2009 12:41 AM



(140) Pauline Robinson, December 23, 2009 12:40 AM

Daniel Pearl

(139) Anonymous, December 23, 2009 12:27 AM

Steven Spielberg

I think Steven Spielberg deserves the King Solomon Award from Aish. com. for all the work he has done archiving survivors of the Holocaust and the films he has produced.

(138) Chava, December 23, 2009 12:05 AM

The greatest Jew of the decade


(137) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 11:52 PM

Rebbezin Esther Jungreis

Rebbezin Esther Jungreis

(136) Thomas, December 22, 2009 11:45 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu


(135) Howard Newman, December 22, 2009 11:38 PM


His will was unbreakalbe and he has gone on to serve and lead by example He's a modern Daivd whose indomitable spiriti helped slay the Soviet Goliath.

(134) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 11:27 PM

Person of the decade

My vote goes to Chabad for their tirless work to maintain and promote Judaism throughout the world and especially here in the US

(133) , December 22, 2009 11:14 PM

i nominate moshe rabeinu who continues to have the greatest impact. But if you want someone more contemporary, i nominate the lubavitcher rebbe of blessed memory

(132) DG, December 22, 2009 10:37 PM

Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky

There were some good suggestions here, including Rav Noach, of course, as well as Schottenstein and Artscroll, but no one offered the person I would choose: HaRav Shmuel Kaminetsky. There is no Jewish leader who has been involved in more Torah-based activities from Yeshivos to Kollelim and even to important matters related to Aish and all Kiruv. He has been the linchpin of the Jewish world for especially the last decade. There is no one who, imagining the world without them these past ten years, would make such a difference.

(131) Richard L. Newman, December 22, 2009 10:37 PM

John Bolton for his super support of Israel while he was our acting ambassador to the UN.

(130) david abrams, December 22, 2009 10:11 PM

I agree with Yisroel, comment #90, 100%, thank u Yisroel for your comment

(129) MosheYosef, December 22, 2009 9:51 PM

Gerald Schroeder's revelations of scientific Genesis

Dr. Schroeder's books, especially The Science of God, have uncovered the genius of Torah in scientific terms, utilizing modern scientific discovery paralleled in Talmud, Ramban and Rambam. For all who read his works, Torah becomes the ultimate work of genius. Does the world need anything more than respect for Torah?

(128) Chaya Eitan, December 22, 2009 9:18 PM

Michael Freund

I would like to nominate Michael Freund. He is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (, which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people.

(127) Blima Horwitz, December 22, 2009 9:16 PM

The greatest Jew of the decade was Rabbi Noah Weinberg Z"l. It's astounding the amount kiruv he inspired,,,and it continues to grow!

(126) micha, December 22, 2009 9:00 PM

The Spinka Rebbe

It might be too early to judge, but the Spinka Rebbe is serving as a HUGE example as to how to face one's own failings and respond constructively. Compared to some of the other news about rabbis or perhaps "rabbis" of the past year or so, it is enlightening. No one is perfect. The best we could hope for is to try to learn from our errors. -micha

(125) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 8:47 PM

Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald

I think Rabbi Buchwald has contributed an amazing amount to the Jewsh people...with all of his outreach...(including me!)

(124) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 8:47 PM

Rabbi Noah Weinberg

(123) Chana, December 22, 2009 8:38 PM

My vote would be for Rabbi Noah Weinberg (of blessed memory). He was always for the people and very beloved by all.

(122) haemet hayehudit, December 22, 2009 8:33 PM

it could be me, it could be you

it could be me, it could be you! every good deed can change and save the world. "bishvili nivra haolam"

(121) Imanonov, December 22, 2009 8:25 PM

The one

One of the top personalities must be Rav Noach Weinberg z.ts.l.

(120) Dovid, December 22, 2009 7:55 PM

Chabad Shluchim (Holtzbergs)

I would say the Lubavitcher Rebbe, for even if you are a "misnagged" it is impossible to deny his unmatched impact on the Jewish world as a whole. That said, since this is confined to the past decade, I'd say Chabad Shluchim, who bring Yiddishkeit to every place on earth. And if the award needs to go to individuasl (as opposed to a group), I'd say the Holtzbergs (HYD) should be the recipients on behalf of all shuchim.

(119) Lindamusic, December 22, 2009 7:48 PM

Two past presidents

Comments #110 and #109 are very good. I believe that George W. Bush will be remembered for his stance on terrorism and his solid support for Israel.

(118) Malcolm Brown, December 22, 2009 7:43 PM

All The Jewish People

We are despite our differing viewpoints we are One People out of many. As G_d is One, so are we. I settled on this nomination after considering other outstanding choices. First, I thought of the IDF whose dedication must be appreciated in protecting Israel, and those in the Diaspora. Then, I thought of Chabad. Though I am more comfortable with Reform customs, Chabad over the past year has reached out and helped my family, and many fellow Jews in local and remote parts of the world. Next, Birthright Israel for bringing my son and other Jews to Israel and invigorating their love and understanding for Israel and Judaism. Then Ariel Sharon, a warrior-Politician whose many controversies opened our eyes to possibilities for peace, and its risks. How many, many others. How can we say who contributed the most? Perhaps the award should go to Rabbi Salomon - for getting us to think about this.

(117) Lindamusic, December 22, 2009 7:42 PM

It is difficult to pick one person or group.

There are several people who have contribued to the Jewish people in the past decade. I do not know Rabbi Noach Weinberg but notice there are several votes for him. Even the comment #3 about Ahmadinejad is true----Jews do unite and feel their heritage when their existence is threatened. The Talmud translations, college Hillels and others have played their parts too. I especially admire Senator Lieberman, a public figure who is an observant Jew at the same time. But if I have to vote, I vote equally for Chabad (see comment #18) and Birthright Israel (comment #15). Read those comments again. They are explained well.

(116) Tzilia Sacharow, December 22, 2009 7:28 PM

He brought joy into prayer and mitzvot

There are people who make a great contribution during their lifetime. There are a very unique few who keep giving after they have left this world. Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach joined the celestial choir 14 years ago, but Jews keep returning to Torah, Jews keep loving tefila, Jews celebrate with his music and soothe their sadness with his songs. Reb Shlomo brought joy and love for every person into our lives and his gifts continue strong.

(115) Jerrold Landau, December 22, 2009 7:19 PM

sorry to be the killjoy here...

Sorry to be the killjoy here -- but I find such popularity contents (albeit this one is well-meaning) trite and full of trivializations. We should not take this example of popularity contents from the world at large. Look at the answers here -- those who have been affected by Chabad choose (no surprise there) the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Those who have been affected by Aish choose (no surprise there) Rabbi Noach Weinberg. Those who have been affected by YU (I see not to much of that in the above) would no doubt choose YU. Those who learn a great deal from Artscroll choose Artscroll Anyone notice a pattern here? That being said, I think those who insightfully went beyond the individidual and chose 'Jewish Mothers', 'Yeshivas in general', the IDF, 'our rebbeim and teachers' -- are much closer to the mark than those who focus on an individual. Just my 2 cents.

(114) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 7:11 PM

Who, ME?!?

Each reader should look in the mirror, point to oneself and say "I want to be the biggest contributor to Jewish history of my time" Imagine the possibilities...

(113) Laser, December 22, 2009 6:50 PM

Rabbi Meir Kahane

Rabbi Kahane was actually the initiator of the movement to free Soviet Jews. And he introduced the cincept of the New Jew.

(112) Rolyat, December 22, 2009 6:44 PM

The Salomon Award

I know there are many individuals who could and will be nominated for the new The Salomon Award. The Greatest Jewish person of the Decade. In the last decade who has contributed the most to the Jewish people? I think the one person that stand out is PM Benjamin Netanyahu

(111) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 6:43 PM

Irv Rubin

Irv Rubin gave is life for his people. He taught, thru action that we should protect each other, that it is Jewish to defend oneself, and others. Irv was a very giving man. We owe him and his family for all he was, is and will be.

(110) , December 22, 2009 6:39 PM

George Bush supported Israel, got rid of Sadaam Hussein(who was paying suicide bombers), and introduced Hanukah to the White House.

(109) Jon, December 22, 2009 6:08 PM

Jimmy Carter

For making the Jews in AMerica realize that the virulent antisemites are on the left and we cannot depend on anyone to defend us exept ourselves. Jews are stronger the world over knowing that even a president(s) of the US of A can be antisemitic. (of course I would vote for the IDF)

(108) Shimon Moses, December 22, 2009 6:00 PM

In as much as Yisroel Arevim zeh lazeh , each and every jew has a direct impact and influence on each and every other jew , the award should by all means be awarded to the yiddish neshamah , that spiritual part of us that changes us from an animilistic being to a potential of spiritual growth and achievement

(107) Bruce K., December 22, 2009 5:56 PM

The Internet

Jewish learning has exploded because of the availability of commenrataries, divrei torah, knowledge bases, FAQ's, Ask-the-Rabbi, etc. all from the computer we use every day.

(106) sarah, December 22, 2009 5:37 PM

Rabbi Berel Wein-he gives and gives

Rabbi Wein educates in person and through his books and different media. He writes for everyone from Talmudic scholars to his wonderful graphic novel type book on Rashi for children. He is a humble, brilliant mensch!

(105) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 5:33 PM

Osama Bin Laden - seriously

Until 9/11 there was a sort of ambiguity in the world about the righteousness of the Jewish Nation, maybe CHAS VESHALOM we were really these cruel torturing hacks murderring muslims like all left wing anti-semitic media had said. Then in most undoubtedly the most dramatic day of the decade, the world learned that the Jew is on the side of the Good and the Right. He's an evil disgusting piece of work, and that is exactly why I think that in a bizarre way he has given the Jews a completely different position in the mind of the world. (Oh and a few noboch left-wing jews also learnt a thing or two about our enemies on that day)

(104) raye, December 22, 2009 5:27 PM

jonathan pollard


(103) ben Zalman, December 22, 2009 5:25 PM

Jew of the Decade!

Rabbi Kahane...crazy as it sounds ..he was the "cassandra" of Troy/Jerusalem. He warned us of what tzouris we Jews face today! Very few listened.

(102) Sharon, December 22, 2009 5:14 PM


I would like to nominate, 'Rabbi Michael Skobac' who dedicates his life in bringing back jews to Judaism (jewsforjudaism, and fighting missionaries who are bent on stealing jewish souls.

(101) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 5:01 PM

Michael Oren made the highest contribution in the last 10 years for the jewish peopke, for his historical analysis, speeches and comments, that are superb.

(100) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 4:54 PM

Norman Podhoretz

In addition to being an influential thinker and intellectual, he did receive the Guardian of Zion Award in 2007. He would be my nomination.

(99) Moshe, December 22, 2009 4:54 PM

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, Runnerup: Col. Ilan Ramon

Rabbi Twerski is the Greatest Jew of this past decade and of the past several decades. He doesnt just save lives through his writing, his speaking, his teaching, his treating. He saves families. He saves souls. He is truly a tzaddik one of the 36 Righteous People of our Generation. Col. Ramon, Z"L, reached the pinnacle of his career as the first Israeli astronaut. Although secular, he said he was "representing all Jews and all Israelis" in space. He took a microfiche of a Torah with him. He kept kosher in space and honored Shabbos. He was a very, very special pilot, man, Israeli and Jew.

(98) Seth Abrahams, December 22, 2009 4:49 PM

Greatest Jew of the Decade

HaRav HaGaon Noach Weinberg Z'Tz'L

(97) Susan Petre, December 22, 2009 4:40 PM

Adin Steinsaltz

For his enormous outreach efforts and his translation of the Talmud with commentaries into English

(96) Ken Holcombe, December 22, 2009 4:40 PM

Bibi Netanyahu Jew of the Decade

I have heard him speak in public and I say he has the heart and Spirit of King David. I love and respect him so much.

(95) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 4:31 PM


(94) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 4:30 PM

Rabbi Eli Gewirtz for Decade award!

Partners in Torah has been the single most effective tool in bringing Jews together with the Torah and with each other in the past decade. The thousands of people who have been positively impacted owe their thanks to Rabbi Gewirtz!

(93) Bobbie Roberson, December 22, 2009 4:25 PM

Geet Wilders, a strong voice against Islamization

Geert Wilders; He is Europe's most outspoken critic of the Islamization of the Western world, as well as the resurgence of anti-semitic sentiments in the pro-European movement. Geert Wilders recognizes that Judeo-Christian values and humanistic ideals made Europe int o what it is today: Tolerant and free. He has great admiration and respect for the Jewish people and Israel and they stand as a lone beacon of democracy in the midst of their enemies. Geert Wilders is one of the most mis-underestood, mis-represented and vilified politicians in the world, yet he is a voice of truth and sanity. He deserves a closer look!

(92) Bill Longo, December 22, 2009 4:21 PM

Aish is the winner hands down

When I think of who has contributed more to the Jewish people in the last decade? Is it who has contributed to the physical and or material people of Israel, as important as that is? For me, it is who has done more to refine the Neshamas of the Jewish people more than anyone person or organization in the last decade and beyond....? Aish.

(91) Therese, December 22, 2009 4:10 PM

Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager's radio show and his Prager University on YouTube has educated millions regarding common sense and wisdom based onn traditional Judeo-Christian morals and values.

(90) Yisroel, December 22, 2009 4:07 PM


I really do not see the need to make this choice. Besides, who can really make this judgement? Who knows what which criteria should be used? Why do we need to make this a competition? Why do we need to imitate the ways of the gentile world? There are many more important matters to think about........and that is something to think!! about!

(89) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 4:02 PM

Gilad Shalit and the IDF

I think the IDF and all the brave men and women that keep Israel safe is symbolized by the life of Gilad Shalit who is suffering imprisonment because of his love and loyality to his country. No freedoms can be enjoyed without the freedom provided by the IDF. Gilad Shalit is an example of what life would be like for everyone without the IDF.

(88) Alon Tolwin, December 22, 2009 4:02 PM

Leslie Dann and family

People take resources and run with them but the people who supply the resources are sometimes overlooked. Leslie Dann and his family have supported outreach to an unparalled extent.

(87) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 4:00 PM

Rabbi Noach Weinberg z'tz'l'

Rabbi Noach Weinberg z'tz'l'

(86) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 4:00 PM

Chabad Shlichim

They bring POSITIVE Yiddishkeit to many lost souls!

(85) Dr.Michael Zidonov, December 22, 2009 3:57 PM


With all invective aside, despite our lack of understanding of exactly what was going on inside, I believe Netanyahu has contributed more than enough of himself, driven by Torah, to preserve the Unity if Jeruselem and of Israel herself, while dealing with our various enemies, including the hypocrite, pro-Islam amerikan government under Obama, and keeping us from the inevitable bloodbath we are facing as long as possible, preserving Jewish Life and the Land that Ha'Shem gave to US, over five thousand years ago ... Even while he was not in Office, he continued to fight the fight ... Netantahu; Statesman, Soldier, Jew ... Taking nothing from anyone else, he gets my Vote ...

(84) Dan, December 22, 2009 3:56 PM

Dan's top 5

You could say the following have had a major impact the past decade... 5. Rebbetzin Miriam Feldman 4. Mortimer Zuckerman 3. Steven Spielberg 2. Alan Greenspan But I say #1 this past decade is none other than.... Jon Stewart - thanks for all the laughs and my daily intake of unbiased news.

(83) ruth, December 22, 2009 3:55 PM

the Solomon Award

I love it that it is a Salomon who has generated the idea for this award. Who would it be? In Hebrew I like it that who is he and he is, she. I would like to think that this award is not just an award, as so often happens, when we think about WHO, about gender, and it seems most of the heroes we pick are men. I like it that in English we have she, which is a container for the word, "he", and woman, which is a container for the word, "man". As to who deserves the Jewish "man" "kind" award, I would have to pause for a long long time. I do notice that someone on this site, cited HaShem, the Ruler of the Universe, and YES, I would have to say, this would have to be for ALL TIME, the award that crosses all boundaries. As to NOW, in human time, and as to human being, who do contain within, each of us, that Divine Spark, I would say, we are all of us contributive to a story that I hope will bring us towards world peace, an inchoate notion for sure, so here's to the ongoing Dialogue that produces the "sparks" a Kabalistic term, that is the goal of Aish and all of YOU, and anyone who speaks with words that are about love and inclusivity. We can and we are, doing this, Together.

(82) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 3:54 PM

Rav Yosef Shalon Eliashiv, shlita

Rav Eliashiv has guided the Torah world and been a beacon of light to fulfill Hashem's will.

(81) Alys, December 22, 2009 3:53 PM

Mendel Kaplan

A great philanthropist. A great jew.

(80) Shaul Saulisbury, December 22, 2009 3:52 PM

Steve Jobs

WOW!!! if anyone has impacted the world our daily lives the past 10 years is Steve Jobs, i.e. Apple Computer. I maybe one of the few people in the U.S.A. that does not have an i-something.

(79) Rabbi David Willig, December 22, 2009 3:52 PM

Shlomo Carlebach

Even after his untimely death, maybe especially after his untimely death, his influence continies to grow. He is the Father of the Baal Teshuva movement, the father of all modern Jewish music, and his message of love and acceptance continues to reverberate world wide. In addition, we cannot get married without his music.

(78) Yid101, December 22, 2009 3:49 PM

What about Avraham Avinu.? If it wasn't for his courage and devotion to Hashem none of us would be here right now.

(77) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 3:44 PM

Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky has inspired Jews throughout the world to stand up for Israel and their Judaism. He defied the Soviets and he has continued to defy anti-semites ever since. At this time in our history, we need to be strong and united; Sharansky has been a great example for all of us.

(76) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 3:41 PM

The Lubavitcher Rebbe/ Chabad

has been reaching out to all Jews everywhere. The Rebbe began outreach, in the 1950's and Chabad has expanded immensely. Many groups do kiruv including Aish, but it is something that is contagious in a good way. Chabad is everywhere, even when it is dangerous. There is a lot of self sacrifice and Chabad is there touching each pintel a yid with a Shabbos meal and a listening ear. Yasher Koach to Chabad Houses everywhere, and to the Lubavitcher Rebbe for getting us all going! (to shul). Every family is amazing, and reaching out to all of us. They are over the top.

(75) Thomas Levine, December 22, 2009 3:40 PM

Rabbi Bentzi Epstein

The kieruv movement in the USA and Texas specifically has been greatly impacted by the inspiration and leadership of Rabbi Bentzi Epstein.

(74) MOISHE, December 22, 2009 3:39 PM

Yes, its a Jewish Woman

Sarah Schenirer! For establishing the first Jewish education system for girls, known as Beis Yaakov! (i am only quoting Rabbi Weinbwr Zt"l)

(73) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 3:31 PM

The King Solomon Award Submission

Personally, from my perspective as an educator, I think Sir Martin Gilbert has contributed a great deal, since his scholarship has influenced the entire world. When I was an undergraduate, I studied some of his books which helped me gain a perspective on the Holocauast. Through his scholarship, both Jews and non-Jews are able to consider both Israel and the holocaust from an historical perspective. Since youth are our future, what they learn in university often helps to shape the future. That is why I think Sir Martin Gilbert has had if not the greatest, one of the greatest impacts on the world in the last decade and should be considered for the Aish award.

(72) Paul, December 22, 2009 3:29 PM

Rabbi Noah Weinberg

No doubt about it, Rabbi Noah Weinberg. Not even close. Thank G-d for all that this man has done. Amazing, absolutely amazing.

(71) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 3:27 PM

All these suggestions are great but

I think that there's been an obvious omission. Steven Spielberg. He's done a huge mitzvah by documenting the surviving Holocast Survivors stories.

(70) Alex, December 22, 2009 3:27 PM

I would nominate R. Meir Kahane Z"'L HY"D

Even though Rav. Kahane ZT”L HY”D was murdered more than a decade ago, his influence is still alive. Also, a justice has never being done to recognize his greatness and righteousness . If only Israel had a leader like him.

(69) Pierrette Komarek, December 22, 2009 3:27 PM

I think the person who has contributed the most to the Jewish people is:

Is not as Jew, His name is Thomas Sowell and in his nterview with Fred Barnes, he answered the wuestion everyone wants to know:"Why the world hate the Jews"? Only anon Jew like Dr Sowel could have permitted hiksdlef that answer: "ENVY" he said... and as a non Jew my self I believe it!

(68) Max Israeletic, December 22, 2009 3:07 PM

Avi Bieber

is a light unto us all

(67) Ron Ander, December 22, 2009 3:04 PM

I thinkt that the IDF should be considered. These brave men and women (boys and girls) have kept Israel safe and allowed for her survival. Israel is the spiritual and physical homeland of our people and the IDF keeps that alive.

(66) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 2:51 PM

Standing Alone at the Grave

I'd like to humbly nominate Rabbi Shmuel Plafker, Cemetery Chaplain of the Hebrew Free Burial Association. He has buried THOUSANDS of our Jewish bothers and sisters who had no money, family, or Rabbi of their own. He treats each and every deceased with the same Kavod, respect, and dignity, that we'd give to our own parents and grandparents. And he does it in an unassuming way, running away from honor and accolades. Chesed Shel Emes is the greatest Mitzvah one can perform. This Tzadik has the zechus to perform it everyday, usually alone.

(65) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 2:49 PM

The Lubavitcher Rebbe/ Chabad

If anyone has traveled the world you'll see how the Rebbe's vision has created an incredible network of outreach centers that are saving more neshamas (especially Israeli) than anyone else.

(64) Ben Buxbaum, December 22, 2009 2:12 PM

LeBron James says...Jay Schottenstein

A recent issue of Time magazine asked several celebrities who they would nominate for this year's list of the Time 100, a compilation of the most influential people around. In response, James, an All-Star NBA player and himself a former member of the Time 100 list, named a relatively obscure businessman/philanthropist named Jay Schottenstein, explaining that Schottenstein: "... has supported the translation and elucidation of the Talmud Bavli into English, Hebrew and French. The Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud is now utilized by more than 2 million people worldwide."

(63) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 8:06 AM

Who is the person most responsible for the fact that I (and everyone else) is alive and Jewish and observant to the degree that I (and everyone else) is? MY MOTHER. (and everyone"s "My Mother") has made the greatest contribution to the Jewish People not only this decade, but every decade since time immemorial. But even more so now: with the onslaught against the family and children and religion, etc., etc. And the freedoms and choices and capabilities women now have. Now, more than ever, all of our "My Mother"s, get the credit for bearing us and raising us and enabling us to be who we are.

(62) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 5:09 AM

Since it needn't be a "person" per se, it seems one can't vote any other way (rhyme unintentional): The Almighty! Who else comes close to contributing to the Jewish people?

(61) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 2:11 AM

a category of people has contributed most

a category of people has contributed most to the Jewish People: All the teachers of Torah and THEIR Rabbeim and Moros. This shalsheles (chain) goes back as well as forward forever and from ever... Whoever saves one person, it's as though (s)he has saved an entire world!

(60) David S. Levine, December 22, 2009 1:04 AM

Norman Podhoretz

Through his intellectual brilliance and his literary abilities Norman Podhoretz has advanced the interests of both the Jewish people and the character of American society over the past 50 years. His latest work, "Why Are Jews Liberals?" certainly provides much to think about for all of us. And Rabbi Jeffery Feinstein's suggestion of President George W. Bush merits great consideration because he has revived the tradition of his ancestor of the same name who was a Hebrew language professor at New York University and one of the first American Christian Zionists.

(59) Raisy, December 21, 2009 11:13 PM

Reb Avigdor Miller z'l

I vote for Rabbi Miller for so brilliantly elucidating the mussar and truth in the Torah to so many. He has changed the way I think and view the world.

(58) Stephen Westman, December 21, 2009 10:23 PM

Rabbi Abraham Twerski

I nominate Rabbi Abraham Twerski for his keen mind, sensitive approach to horrific problems, for his humanity and caring for others, and for his incredible knowledge of the human soul and ability to help us in our soul's struggle to become closer to Hashem!

(57) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 10:12 PM


...for all the reasons stated here. Chabad can be found almost everywhere and they offer something for every Jewish occassion. Their Jewish Learning Institute (JLI)classes are wonderful. I have rediscovered my roots (and cholent!) through Chabad. They have instilled Jewish pride in me.

(56) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 9:11 PM

Who else?

Rabbi Noah Weinberg

(55) Daniel, December 21, 2009 8:54 PM

My Nomination for Jew of the Decade

The co-founder's of Nefesh B'Nefesh, Tony Gelbart, and R' Yehoshua Fass.

(54) Bar Code, December 21, 2009 8:48 PM

The OU

The OU made Kosher food possible for thousands of jew all over the globe. When a jew eats kosher food they are then able to reach spirituality and understand judaisim which when eating non kosher food the neshomah is blocked etc.

(53) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 8:04 PM

Rav Noach Weinberg ztl

for spear heading the kiruv movement!

(52) Shlome LEITNER, December 21, 2009 7:41 PM



(51) Alan Drake Tyree, December 21, 2009 7:40 PM 2000-2009 King Solomon Award

Rabbi Noah Weinberg of Blessed Memory should get the award. Without Rabbi Wienberg there would be no Without I would know very little about Judaism. Living in a small town in Alabama, almost 2 hours away from the states only Orthodox Synagogue, I would have no one to fan into flame the fire of the Torah, and keep my interest in Judaism burning. My little flame of interest would probably just be put out by the sea of Christians that surround me. But because of Rabbi Noah Weinberg and through his he has been a light in a dark place lighting my way and making it possible that I may one day be able to convert to Orthodox Judaism. In the meantime the camouflage Israeli Army Kippa that I bought from Aish shopping, and which I wear on my head everywhere I go, including church, is attracting attenion, comments, questions, and surprisingly a lot of praise in the small town of Piedmont AL, and throughout the South, where there is unfortnatly a very small Jewish population. All thanks to Rabbi Noach Weinberg for making this possible. I'm just one of the many that Rabbi Weinberg and his has inspired. This is why I think Rabbi Noach Weinberg should receive the 2000-2009 King Solomon Award.

(50) Aaron, December 21, 2009 7:14 PM

Rav Noach Weinberg

I can't think of anyone who has more of a positive impact this decade than Rav Weinberg, zt"l.

(49) Antonio, December 21, 2009 6:32 PM

Greatest Jew of this decade

Rav Noaj Weinberg.

(48) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 5:51 PM

Man of the Decade

I think Rabbi Noah Weinberg has contributed the most to the Jewish people in the last decade - spreading learning throughout Israel and the world using all aspects of the media, and encouraging participation of Jews from all levels of observance. The new Aish Center in Jerusalem is a fitting tribute to this Torah giant, though he did not intend it to be so. He touched so many Jewish souls personally and via education programs he initiated, that it is hard to imagine anyone with more impact.

(47) Reva Van Leeuwen, December 21, 2009 5:48 PM

Jew of the decade

Tony Gelbart: co-founder of Nefesh B'Nefesh

(46) Shmuel Goldenberg, December 21, 2009 5:45 PM

Rabbi Moshe Sherer

Rabbi Moshe Sherer (June 18, 1921 - May 17, 1998) was co-Chairman of the Agudath Israel World Organization from 1980, and the Chairman of Agudath Israel of America from the 1960's, until his death in 1998.[1] He was an active presence in the United States capital for better than half-a-century, advocating the interests and articulating the views of Orthodox Jewry. In 1988 he created the only full-time Orthodox Jewish government affairs office in Washington D.C. He died of leukemia on Sunday, May 17, 1998.

(45) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 5:35 PM

R' Noach Weinberg takes the cake.

(44) Joseph, December 21, 2009 4:23 PM

Rabbi Levinger & his wife from hebron

Jews still have access to Mearat Hamchpela due to the Jewish settlement in Hebron, founded by Rabbi Levinger

(43) Gert Novin, December 21, 2009 3:34 PM

Birth right

Young Jews come back with a new or renewed committment to Israel, and pround of their heritage.

(42) avraham m, December 21, 2009 2:56 PM

2 of the same for keeping me informed and learning is 2nd.Rabbi Noah Weinberg is 1st for all he's done and all his wisdom!!

(41) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 12:35 PM

Bernie Madoff - he effected the entire world.

(40) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 11:22 AM

For me Ais .com has truly turned my life around.2 years ago I was sitting under house arrest for being a single minded broker.I could not attend my brother´s funeral,my life had hit rock bottom.Aish got me back on track,rediscovering my roots,nuturing my spiritual side and changing for the better.I am indebted to Rv Noah Weinberg for getting me back on track as well as my children.I am forever grateful.

(39) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 9:55 AM

Natan Sharansky

(38) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 9:54 AM

. How about Pastor John Hagee??? He is unrelenting and unyielding in his determination to support and defend Israel....would that more American Jews cared as much as he does for Israel... thank you

(37) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 9:44 AM

There has been a new article topic suggestion from . So many have contributed so much and made an impact over the decade that it's difficult to come up with specific names. Most of the serious comments (1-6, but not 3) have named religious figures and those who promote, by their financial contributions, religious ideals, and that's fine! Let's also consider a secular figure, Norman Podhoretz. Not only in this decade, but throughout his long career he has promoted the interests of the Jewish people and defended them. His latest book Why Are Jews Liberals is, as Rabbi Solomin says, something to think about!

(36) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 9:29 AM

Senator Joseph Lieberman

I vote for Senator Joseph Lieberman, have a nice day!

(35) Gavi, December 21, 2009 9:16 AM

Rabbi Fass

I would have to say Rabbi Fass who is already single handedly responsible for 20000 Jews coming home to Eretz Yisrael. We're talking numbers of biblical proportions and he's helping Jews (who are most at risk in the Exile) to come to Israel and live there lives where Jews are supposed to live (and also keeping a huge amount of Jews form marrying out)

(34) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 8:11 AM

The Lubavitcher Rebbe

I would say a jew who has made Jews know what it is to be a Jew - Chabad has a presense so far and wide - with all sorts of unaffiliated people proud to be Jews - proud to be part of their minyans - they have jewish schools - full of children from all types of Jewish families recieving good jewish education - and taking this home to their parents - I am personally not lubavitch - but i send my children to Chabad school - and see how open and warm their rebbe tought them to be - without judgement - I see parents slowly changing with their children dayly - its amazing what he has given to The Jew - i would Rav Noach comes in too- but there is a smaller Aish Harorah presence day to day - on the internet - definately Aish Hatorah -

(33) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 8:08 AM

Definitely, Rav Noaj Weinberg.

(32) Adam, December 21, 2009 4:19 AM

Posthumously to the last Lubavitcher Rebbe

I would say that even though he passed before this decade even began, the last Lubavitcher Rebbe has had the biggest impact on the Jewish world in the past decade. Chabad's presence on college campuses, small towns, and sites all over the world and on the web means that Jews anywhere, regardless of their observance level, have Jewish practice and education locally available to them. This sort of contribution has an exponential and contageous effect, as those who are helped by it in turn help attract others to Torah.

(31) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 4:14 AM

Rush Limbaugh for his support of Israel

Rush is very public & forcefull in his support & reaches such a large audience with the real scoop & not the unbridled liberal views of so many of the so called leadership

(30) Harry Maryles, December 21, 2009 3:51 AM

Man of the Decade

This is a no brainer for me. Man of the Decade: The Orthodox Jewish Blogger. Nothing has changed the conversation in Orthodoxy more than he or she has. Nothing has impacted the Jewsih people more than he or she has. Nothing has brought more change for the better than he or she has. Even for those who say that the contributions of Orthodox Jewish bloggers has been mostly negative, they would have to concede the enormity of their impact.

(29) Julius Romanoff, December 21, 2009 3:44 AM

Jonathan Pollard is nominated for his great example of a Jew

Jonathan Pollard, who has been kept in a United States Jail for 25 years, for turning over information to Israel, an American ally. Working for US Naval Intelligence, he became aware that information vital to Israel's security was not sent to Israel. Although the nature of the information has not been made public, it is believed to be the location of Arab troop movements and armaments. Thus, although he agreed to Plea Bargain for his act of spying, the US government did not act according to the terms of the Plea Bargain, and sentenced him to life imprisonment. The Israeli government denied he was spying for the State of Israel, and refused sanctuary to prevent his arrest. Despite the rejection of the United States and Israeli Justice systems to rectify a miscarriage of justice, Jonathan Pollard has remained faithful to his belief in G-d, and tries to live according to the rules of the Torah. He sets an example for the Jewish people to have faith in G-d and no matter how bad your life becomes try to remain optimistic that things will become better. Jews have a long history of being persecuted, and he must be considered as a light for the Jewish people, and is worthy of nomination for the award.

(28) rochelr, December 21, 2009 3:26 AM


Sorry one certificate couldn't cover them all. A jewish education for our children is definitely making a tremendous impact on keeping our children and future generations jewish!

(27) rabbi david a willig, December 21, 2009 2:22 AM

Rav Shlomo Carlebach

His influence grows every day. We cannot get married without his songs. He is the father of the baal teshuva movement and the father of modern Jewish music.

(26) Theodore M. Rodgers, December 21, 2009 2:12 AM

Ariel Sharon - The Lion of Israel.

Ariel Sharon - in 5760/2000 Israel and the Jewish people were plagued with suicide bombing that murdered scores of Israelis and Jews across the land of Israel. Under Ariel Sharon's leadership from 5760/2000 through 5765/2006, Israel with Sharon's leadership and G-d's help brought this plague to an end.

(25) Dick Wenig, December 21, 2009 1:51 AM

Jewish idea of the decade

Jewish Gen, because they have created a need to know our history, and it shows in the people who belong.

(24) , December 21, 2009 1:14 AM

I think it is Rabbi Noach Weinberg. It is obvious why.

(23) Anonymous, December 21, 2009 1:07 AM

Vicki Polin

My vote goes to Vicki Polin, who created The Awareness Center. She's been a pioneer in getting our community to talk about sexual abuse.

(22) Nora, December 20, 2009 11:29 PM

Israeli Military and Intelligence

...without whom there would be no Israel.

(21) Michael Bennett, December 20, 2009 11:03 PM

Rabbi of The Decade and Many More Decades To Come...

I wholeheartedly agree with Ellen. Reb Noach changed the lives of generations of Frum and Non Frum in numbers and ways that cannot be calculated or measured. My family alone represents 3 generations of Jews who spiritually exist because of Reb Noach's selflesss efforts. Lot's of great people in our generation. They all deserve great respect and gratitude. But Reb Noach gets my vote! PS. Can I vote more than once?

(20) Anonymous, December 20, 2009 11:03 PM


Although I am not a Lubavitcher, I really am constantly amazed at what Chabads are doing around the world. Recently a relative of mine died in a small southern town and thank G-d there was a Chabad there to help make sure the burial was kosher. I really feel like they are making a difference and reaching out to non affiliated Jews and making them proud of their heritage.

(19) elixelx, December 20, 2009 10:51 PM

Adin Steinsaltz

For the first New Talmud in aeons, two million sold in 5 languages ALL TRANSLATED BY HIM PERSONALLY, as yet unfinished so it is contemporary!

(18) Beverly Kurtin, December 20, 2009 10:31 PM


I can think of no individual or group of individuals who better deserve recognition than the brave young men and their wives who leave everything they know behind and travel the world bringing the concepts and light of Judaism to people who would otherwise not have a place to go to soak up the richness of our faith. They do not try to force anyone into their mode of thinking; they accept all who show up and offer the most gracious and considerate hospitality anyone could possibly desire. They also put themselves in danger's way. Look at what happened in Mumbai last year. That brave couple died for Kiddish Hashem; despite that, replacements are being trained to take their place. Aish came in a close second because I can attend Chabad services and other events and they are bringing me closer to living the Jewish life that I was meant to live. I know that there are some who deliberately go out of their way to disparage Chabad, all good things in life are attacked by the ignorant.

(17) , December 20, 2009 9:44 PM

Both these humble,brilliant individuals deserve such an award!

Rabbi Noach Weinberg AND Reb. Esther Jungreis

(16) Dr. Alex PIster, December 20, 2009 9:35 PM

nothing to think about

Rabbi Noach Weinberg ztl.

(15) Patrick Amar, December 20, 2009 9:30 PM

the people behind birthright-no question-

Since you specifically ask for the gretaest contribution, then the answer is simple, the Taglit-Birthright org. who over the decade (it officially started in the winter of 2000) has brought 250,000 young jews to Israel. For most this is a life changing experience and one of the only really Jewish ones they'll have. Oh, and about financial contribution, well, each person must cost around 3000$, making it just under 1 Billion $ spent to ensure Jewish continuity, Birthright-no question-

(14) Deborah Betz, December 20, 2009 9:00 PM

Leonard Cohen

For presenting to the world through his songs a dynamic and alive Judaism and for 'Hallelujah'

(13) Annette, December 20, 2009 8:56 PM

To: Rabbi Noach Weinberg

As I quickly click on a few videos on aish before going out the door and litstened to R. Solomon the first person who came to mind was R. Noach Weingberg, z'tl - not just for 'touching' me, but for the good of all mankind, for touching millions of people, jews and non jews. And yes, I did think it over and again only R. Noach makes the list. Maybe it usually requires an evildoer to bring jews together, but for a Jew to have such an impact on us that so many of us came back to yiddishkeit at any level as well as touch our adversaries at a productive level - millions of people, has been unheard of; clearly R. Weinberg of blessed memory has had the greatest impact on Jews and all the world ... including on those who haven't even heard of him or aish. If they only knew...

(12) Stan Corbett, December 20, 2009 8:18 PM

Israeli Defence Force

The Israeli Defence Force for protecting the people and the State of Israel against all of the enemies of the Jewish people and of Israel..

(11) Yisroel Pollack, December 20, 2009 8:16 PM

Who But None Other Than....

I would nominate you, Rabbi Yaakov Salomon. I think your contribution has been enormous. Each week you’re putting together another of those “Something to Think About” video messages and presenting it for the benefit of the community at large. You do your work as part of the Aish organization, whose positive impact for the Jewish community is known far and wide and can hardly be disputed. You, may you be separated for life, were a close associate of the late Rabbi Noach Wienberg of blessed memory, and actually co-authored with him his famous and marvelous book, “What the Angel Taught Me.” I think you win the title on that basis alone. But actually there’s no reason to concentrate the rationale in this one item. In addition to that, you’ve solo-authored valuable books of your own. You do the community a great service through your counseling practice, not to mention your myriad speaking engagements. I think you’d make a most fitting initial honoree and worthy recipient of the Outstanding Jewish Contributor of the Decade Award.

(10) Rabbi Jeffery Feinstein, December 20, 2009 8:07 PM

Person of the Decade

We Jews live in a global community and we are not a very large part of the community. At least not in numerical value. Therefore, this award should go to that person that has done the most to continue our survival. That person is George W. Bush, past President of the United States. His staunch support for Israel as well as his total non-acceptance of terrorism of any kind, makes him my choice for person of the decade.

(9) Sol Bleiweis, December 20, 2009 8:06 PM


They are in the fore front in the defense of the Jewish people world wide.

(8) YY Bohensky, December 20, 2009 7:53 PM

And the award goes to..................

Rabbi Artscroll shlita. Revolutionized Torah as we know it and made it available to the masses. Hats off to Rabbi Artscroll! (Hey, if the computer could win the Man of The Year Award....)

(7) Dovid Malin, December 20, 2009 7:42 PM


So Much Torah Learning rest on shoulders of Rabbi Nosson Sherman and Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz

(6) Iris Moskovitz, December 20, 2009 5:52 PM

Truly something to ponder over,indeed.

I would have to say that the Schottenstein family, whom donates probably millions to the Artscroll company, to enable them to publish magnificant volumes of Torah in Hebrew/English print are hands down the major contributor towards benefitting the Jewish people.Yasher Koach.

(5) Rosen, December 20, 2009 3:38 PM

College Hillels

I think that the award could go to the Hillels that are on college campuses. It can really turn so many Jewish students on to their Jewish identity - at least for me in particular, because over the past few years I have been more than ever willing to marry Jewish, and I feel that Hillel has guided me in that direction, especially with the 2 trips I took to Israel for Birthright for one year and a social justice track the following year. Therefore, I have felt how imperative it is for Jews to date and marry Jewish. So, the award can most likely go to either Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life...OR, the people who have organized the free Birthright trips to Israel for Jewish college students.

(4) benjy cohen, December 20, 2009 2:07 PM


as u said [&always say] something to THINK about!! im still thinking ;although deep thinking is"out of style". i hope people wont just vote without really thinking..much!

(3) Dan Cohen, December 20, 2009 10:13 AM

re greatest contributor to Jewish People

Goes to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his name should be blotted out, as it seems that nothing unites the Jewish poeple more than those satans who hates us the most.

(2) Ellen, December 20, 2009 9:08 AM

The late, great rabbi weinberg

Rav Noach Weinberg touched the lives of hundreds of thousands and made a far reaching impact that changed world Jewry.

(1) Anonymous, December 20, 2009 8:19 AM

Esther Jungreis


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