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.

 

To read Harav Yehuda Amital's seminal works, click here.

Click here for eulogies.

 

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Harav Yehuda Amital The Sound of a Silent Shofar - The Meaning of the Shofar
Harav Yehuda Amital Why the Temple Was Destroyed One must always take into account the ramifications of his actions. Even when a certain response might seem appropriate now, one needs to look a few steps ahead. Fortunate is the person capable of foreseeing how events might unfold. The Meaning of the Three Weeks
Harav Yehuda Amital The Lessons of Selichot The order of the Selichot service, in both Ashkenazi and Sefaradi communities, parallels the structure of the daily prayer service The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital Individual Repentance and National Repair The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital How Can We Speak and How Can We Justify Ourselves? The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital "Purify our Hearts to Serve You in Truth" The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital "Righteousness is Yours, O Lord, While Shame is Ours" The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital A Torah Perspective on the Status of Secular Jews Today (Part 1 of 2) General Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Rebuking a Fellow Jew: Theory and Practice Part 1 Interpersonal Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital A Torah Perspective on the Status of Secular Jews Today (Part 2 of 2) General Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Rebuking a Fellow Jew: Theory and Practice Part 2 Interpersonal Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Activities Before Morning Prayers in the Army Prayer Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Rebuking a Fellow Jew: Theory and Practice Part 3 Interpersonal Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Night is not a Time for Tzitzit General Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Accepting Shabbat Early if it will be Necessary to Violate it Shabbat Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Counting Sabbath Desecrators in a Minyan Prayer Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Reciting Kiddush when Staking an Ambush Shabbat Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Desecrating Shabbat in Order to Prevent a Greater Shabbat Desecration Shabbat Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Shiur 10: Desecration of God's Name Committed by the State Israel Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Deriving Benefit from a Heater that was Lit on Shabbat Shabbat Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Speaking Falsely General Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Speaking Falsely Part 2 General Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Regarding Libbun Kal that is Treated Like Hag'ala Kashrut Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Eretz Yisrael as a Precondition for Kiddush Ha-Chodesh The Rambam writes in Hilkhot Kiddush Ha-chodesh (1:7): "There is a positive commandment from the Torah for Bet Din to calculate and see whether or not the [new] moon was sighted, and interrogate the witnesses until they declare the new month. Topics in Halakha
Harav Yehuda Amital Food or Drink Transported on Shabbat Shabbat Topics in Halakha

Pages