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 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 Like the Prayer of an Infant At the pinnacle of Yom Kippur, what special dimension does Ne’ila add to our prayers? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Three Suggestions Regarding Repentance The Day of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital The Fallen Sukka of David During the entire Sukkot holiday we are accustomed to say this prayer in the blessing after meals, based on the verse, “On that day I will establish the fallen sukka of David” (Amos 9:11). Why is this image chosen to represent the people of Israel? The Holiday of Sukkot
Harav Yehuda Amital “May the Merciful One Rebuild for Us the Fallen Sukka of David” During the festival of Sukkot, we add into our blessing after meals the supplication, “May the Merciful One rebuild for us the fallen sukka of David,” recalling the verse (Amos 9:11), “On that day I shall rebuild the fallen sukka of David.” Why is this specific image chosen to depict Knesset Yisrael? The Holiday of Sukkot
Harav Yehuda Amital The Significance of Chanuka According to the Maharal In his work "Ner Mitzva," which purports to deal with Chanuka, the Maharal actually discusses this holiday very little. Rather, the significance of the book lies in the broad perspective which it affords us concerning the holiday, elucidating themes which remain meaningful to us today. The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yehuda Amital Letting the Light of Torah Shine The Meaning of Chanuka
Harav Yehuda Amital "And You Shall Know that I am the Lord" Bnei Yisrael leave slavery, attain free choice, and through it all they must remember that "I am the Lord." "I" is a word that should shake each of us to his very foundations. The Meaning of Pesach
Harav Yehuda Amital "And God Hardened Pharaoh's Heart" The Meaning of Pesach
Harav Yehuda Amital Purim in the Teachings of the Maharal The Meaning of Purim
Harav Yehuda Amital Preparation and Spontaneity The Meaning of Purim
Harav Yehuda Amital Purim and the Sin of Amalek What exactly is the culture of Amalek, against which we are commanded to wage war? If we examine the sections in the Torah that speak about Amalek, we note certain recurring elements... The Meaning of Purim
Harav Yehuda Amital Hope and Despair in the Akeida The Meaning of Rosh Hashana
Harav Yehuda Amital "So That Their Memory be Invoked Before Me" The Meaning of Rosh Hashana
Harav Yehuda Amital The Akeida's Lesson for Penitents The Meaning of Rosh Hashana
Harav Yehuda Amital "He Held the Mountain Over Them" The Meaning of Shavuot
Harav Yehuda Amital Why Was Coercion Necessary in the Giving of the Torah? The Meaning of Shavuot
Harav Yehuda Amital Shavuot and Soulsearching The Meaning of Shavuot
Harav Yehuda Amital Two Essential Lessons Before Receiving the Torah The Meaning of Shavuot
Harav Yehuda Amital The Simple Sound of Truth The Meaning of the Shofar
Harav Yehuda Amital "Your Love is Better than Wine": The Meaning of the Decree against Blowing Shofar on Shabbat The Meaning of the Shofar
Harav Yehuda Amital The Cry of the Heart The Meaning of the Shofar

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