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 Reading the Megilla Before Sundown Purim Halakhot of Purim
Harav Yehuda Amital "Etrog Ha-Murkav" - The Grafted Etrog Halakhot of the Four Species
Harav Yehuda Amital The Dual Mitzva of Lulav Halakhot of the Four Species
Harav Yehuda Amital Rejoicing Amidst Sorrow Moving from Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut. A special address given on Yom Ha-atzma'ut 5762 Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital "Rejoice in the Lord and Be Glad" Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital The Splitting of the Sea and the War with Amalek The memories of our struggle for the establishment of the State with all that we experienced – the days of celebration and the days of mourning – are part of our consciousness, and for that reason we have faith that "Hashem will not desert His nation, and will not abandon His inheritance." Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital "This is the Lord's Doing - It is Wondrous in Our Eyes!" Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital Our Expectations of the State of Israel and the Extent of their Realization Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital “We Shall be Glad and Rejoice in You" There are those who do not view what started on the 5th of Iyar, 5708, as the realization of Yechezkel's prophecy... Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital “Jewish Sovereignty Was Restored” During the days of Chanuka, we add into our prayers the words: Your children came to the Holy of Holies of Your House, and cleared Your Sanctuary, and purified Your Temple, and kindled lights in the courtyards of Your Sanctuary… Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital A Wordless Blast The Torah does not explicitly command us to blow the shofar on Rosh Ha-Shana. Rather, the Torah says, “It shall be for you a day of shofar blowing” (Bamidbar 29:1) . Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital A Treasury of Humility May it be God’s will that we merit a good year, a year of life and peace, a year of spiritual awakening. May we be able to stand at the gates of the “treasury of free gifts” and say to God, "We have not"; may we pray with humility. Perhaps then God will grant us a spiritual awakening, and salvation for each individual and for the nation as a whole, and inscribe and seal us and all of Israel for a good year. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital Two Types of Coronation This coronation on Rosh Ha-shana has two senses which are really one. There is a coronation of God in the realm of consciousness and faith, and a coronation that encompasses all of a person’s daily activities, both physical and spiritual. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital “I Will Be Exalted Among the Nations” One of the main functions of the shofar is to coronate God as ruler of all humanity. What is the meaning of Divine sovereignty and why is it a source of joy? Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital "If I Forget You, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Forget Its Cunning" In his Guide of the Perplexed (III:45), the Rambam points out that the Torah does not mention the exact location of Jerusalem and the Temple, but rather makes use of expressions such as "the place which God will choose." However, in the Rambam's view, Avraham dedicated the place where he bound Yitzchak as the site of the future Temple.... Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital The Western Wall and "Western" Civilization Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital “You Shall Be Called ‘My Delight’” The 28th of Iyar has come to be known as “Yom Yerushalayim,” but in the Tanakh, this appellation appears in the context of the Destruction. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital "Again There Shall Be Heard ... in the Streets of Jerusalem" Throughout the Bible, Jerusalem is portrayed as the city of God, the city in which the Temple resides. Yirmiyahu prophesies that the bridegroom and the bride will approach the Temple with sacrifices of thanksgiving in their hands: “the voice of those saying, ‘Praise the Lord of Hosts...’ as they bring sacrifices of thanksgiving to the House of God.” Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital Burst Forth and Sing Together, Ruins of Jerusalem Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital Serving in the IDF in the Teachings of Rabbi Yehuda Amital z"l From the time of his military service in the War of Independence, Rav Amital was concerned with the character of the IDF. He strove to ensure that soldiers would not only be able to follow Halakha, but also that they would maintain their humanity and moral sensitivity. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital “Who Purifies You” – The Repentance of Yom Kippur Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital Yom Kippur: Day of Kingship and Judgment The central theme of Rosh Ha-shana is God's kingship, and this continues to feature prominently on Yom Kippur. We see this most clearly in the Amida, where, between Rosh Ha-shana and Yom Kippur, we refer to God as “ha-Melekh ha-Kadosh” – the Holy King. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital On Jewish Faith during the Holocaust According to the Tosafot (Rosh Ha-shana 16b), the three books that are open on Rosh Ha-shana deal with one’s fate in the World to Come. Nahmanides (Torat HaAdam, Shaar HaGemul), however, maintains that the judgment on Rosh Ha-shana and Yom Kippur concerns one’s fate in this world. In our prayers we say that God considers every living thing, remembering it for life or for death; on Rosh Ha-shana it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital A Heavenly Voice on Yom Kippur How can a person purify himself in a single day? Yom Kippur is unique in many ways. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital “We Have Acted Without Knowledge” This declaration is a strange one with which to open Yom Kippur. What is it trying to convey? Holiday Packages