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 Amalek: The First Postmodern Ideology Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Wisdom Cries Out in the Streets" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Preparation and Spontaneity Regarding the first verse of Parashat Vayikra, "And He called to Moshe," Rashi writes, "'Calling' preceded every utterance, every speech, and every commandment ... Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Parashat Zakhor: "Because They Tested God" The midrash teaches that Amalek attacked the Children of Israel because they did not believe God was in their midst. How is this possible after all the miracles they witnessed? Rav Amital explains the problem with their faith and how it is still relevant today. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Search for Religious Enthusiasm Among Today's Youth Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "The Voice of God is Powerful; The Voice of God is Glorious" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital To Be In Need, To Seek Perfection, The Story Of The Megilla Purim is a holiday of paradox: the complete person is the one who feels incomplete, and the incomplete person is the one who feels complete. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Evil Speech Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Importance of Origins Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "He Shall Live by Them" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Nature and Brit Mila Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Impurity of a Birthing Mother Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "The Nearness of God Is Good For Me" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Humaneness of the Mitzvot Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Perfecting Nature Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "For the Land is Mine" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Slander and Speech Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "After the Death of Aharon's Two Sons" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Jewish Unity Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Shammai's Approach to Loving Your Neighbor Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Holiness in the World Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "You Shall be Holy" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Dangers of Hatred and Punishment Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "You Shall Be Holy" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Human Holiness Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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