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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|Harav Yehuda Amital||The Social Challenges Confronting the State of Israel (Part 2 of 2)||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||Torah Study in the Modern World (Part 1 of 2)||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||Torah Study in the Modern World (Part 2 of 2)||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||"Not by Their Sword Did They Posses the Land, Nor Did their Own Arm Deliver them."||We must respond to the challenge that faces us, and to act to promote the values of justice and morality in society.||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||Selective Confrontation: The Role of the Modern Jewish Leader (Part 1)||We as Jews are facing a twofold problem. First, it is incumbent upon us to transplant the values inherent in the Torah into our mundane, everyday existence despite the constant change taking place around us. Second, we must be secure in our dedication to the values of the Torah, so that we can be assured that these values will maintain their fundamental meaning even when facing the challenge of foreign lifestyles and cultures.||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||Selective Confrontation: The Role of the Modern Jewish Leader (Part 2)||Today Judaism faces a double-edged sword. Not only must it do battle with various alien influences that are brought to bear upon it, but it faces a for more serious threat originating in Judaism itself.||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||"Your Mitzva is Very Broad:" Further Thoughts on the Search for "Connection"||There exists today a phenomenon of youth who wish to express their unique personality in their service of God. Moreover, these youth are searching for their personal religious identity. A number of years ago, youth were content with recognizing their COLLECTIVE religious identity - as part of such bodies as Bnei Akiva, the "hesder" yeshivot in general, a particular yeshiva, etc. Today, however, they seek their special PERSONAL identity; they are no longer satisfied with an identity defined in collective terms.||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||The Splitting of the Sea and the War with Amalek: A Perspective on Israel's Current Crisis||We find ourselves now between Purim and Pesach, between the war against Amalek and the splitting of the Red Sea. I would like to take this opportunity to repeat some ideas that I shared with our talmidim regarding the current situation in Israel (2001).||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||Truthful Repentance||Let us indeed acknowledge that "God is close to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him TRUTHFULLY." Then we will merit a year of life and peace, and a ketiva va-chatima tova.||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||The Meaning of Redemption||What is the meaning of redemption in a religious sense? In this sicha, we will note that it is not necessarily implicit in the return of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel.||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||"All the Trees of the Forest Shall Sing for Joy"||Parashat Beshalach – Tu bi-Shvat||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||"If I Forget You ,O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Forget Its Cunning"||Sichot Roshei Yeshiva|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||Kol Yehuda|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||The Themes of Elul||An excerpt from When God is Near by Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l. “Open for Me an opening the size of the eye of a needle” – that alone is sufficient – “and I will make an opening for you as wide as the entrance to the Holy Temple.”|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l - Biography||Harav Yehuda Amital was born in 1924 to Yekutiel Ze’ev and Devora Klein, of blessed memory, in Transylvania...|
|Harav Yehuda Amital||Seminal Articles by Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l||Autobiographical Reflections, Prayer, Torah Study, The Jewish People, The Holocaust, Repentance, The State of Israel, Connecting to Mitzvot, Relating to God, Relating to Others, Relating to Oneself, Holidays, Halakha, etc|