Harav Yehuda Amital

A Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust, Rav Amital emigrated to Israel in 1944, and resumed his yeshiva studies in Jerusalem. During the War of Independence, he served in the Hagana armored corps, taking part in the famous battle of Latrun. Subsequently, he took an active role in the development of Yeshivat Hadarom, where he was involved in the formulation of the idea of yeshivat hesder. Following the Six Day War, Rav Amital founded and assumed leadership of Yeshivat Har Etzion. He was a dominant public figure in Israel, widely respected on matters of religious and national concern. As of Cheshvan 5769, Harav Yehuda Amital shlit"a, founding Rosh Yeshiva, while continuing his involvement with the yeshiva, officially retired as Rosh Yeshiva. Harav Amital passed away at the age of 85 on the 27th of Tamuz, 5770 (2010), and was mourned by thousands of students and admirers.  He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Rabbanit Miriam Amital, as well as their five children (all of whom are involved, together with their spouses, in Torah education in Israel), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Yeshivat Har Etzion, the institution he founded and guided for over four decades, will always remain his great legacy to Am Yisrael. For more about Harav Amital, click here.

 

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Teacher Title Abstract Course
Harav Yehuda Amital Why Did Kayin Sin? What did Kayin say to Hevel before killing him? What made him so angry that he murdered his brother? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Noach and Abraham Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Release My Soul From Bondage Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Nor Shall I Again Destroy Again All Living Things" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Sin of the Builders of the Tower of Bavel Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital A Tzaddik in His Generation Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Antidote to Evil Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Covenant of Circumcision Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Selection of Avraham Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Redeeming Captives Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Avraham, Avraham!" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Joining of Heaven and Earth Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "To Serve You In Truth" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Faiths of Yitzchak and Yishmael What lesson are we to learn from the akeida, and how does Avraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son differ from that of Moslems today? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital “Caught in the Thicket” After being commanded not to harm Yitzchak, Avraham "lifted his eyes" and saw a ram caught in the thicket. This is the third time he lifts his eyes. What is he looking for? The Kuzari and Rav Kook help us understand. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Studies in the Akeda Why did God command the Akeda? Did God entertain any doubt concerning Abraham’s fear of God? What is unique about the story of the Akeda in a generation where the sacrifice of children to Moloch was an accepted norm of pagan worship? And is blind obedience to God the main message of the Akeda? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Message of Mila Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital An Exalted Faith Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Lessons of the Akeida Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Sara the Prophetess Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Pure of Heart Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital “Their Years are Whole” “And Sara’s life was a hundred years and twenty years and seven years, the years of Sara’s life”: “God knows the days of the whole[hearted], and their inheritance will be forever” (Tehillim 37:8). Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Who Was Rivka? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Avraham Begot Yitzchak" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "And May God Give You of the Dew of the Heavens" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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