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 The Dedication of the Altar "Why was the parasha dealing with the menora juxtaposed to the parasha dealing with the princes of the tribes? Because when Aharon witnessed the role of the princes in dedicating the mishkan, he was saddened at not being among them, representing his tribe. God said to him, 'On your life - your [task] is greater than theirs, for you light and prepare the candles.'" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Changing Human Nature Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Power of Newness Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital He Overturned the Mountain upon Them Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Obligation and Initiative Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Commitment Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Your Share is Greater Than Theirs" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Judging Favorably Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital An Unready Generation Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Dispute and Harmony Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Dispute that is Not for the Sake of Heaven Sometimes, as we approach parashat Korach, we become so involved in lofty ideas and concepts that there is a danger of forgetting what Korach actually did, and the main lesson to be learned from the parasha. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Wholeness of Yaakov Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital “When a Man Dies in a Tent…” This week's parasha exemplifies the tension between accepting mitzvot regardless of whether we understand them, and the need to exert ourselves to the utmost to comprehend the Torah. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "He Shall Not Be Like Korach and his Congregation" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "It is not in the Heavens" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Moshe's Sin Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "The Torah Was Given to Man" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Taking Responsibility for One's Deeds Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Permissiveness in Ancient and Modern Garb Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Our Eternal Battle with the Ideology of Pe'or The last section of our parasha tells the story of Am Yisrael succumbing to two sins: harlotry with the women of Moav and the worshipping of their deity. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Is the Zeal of Pinchas to be Emulated? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Nature and Goodness Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Vows and Stringencies: Going Beyond Halakha This week's parasha opens with a discussion of nedarim (vows), addressing its words to the heads of the tribes. In order to understand why this section was designated for the heads of the tribes, we must examine the unique formulation with which the Torah prefaces the details of the law (30:7): Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Structure and Initiative Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Understand the Years of Each Generation" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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