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 Israel's Independence Day in the Face of Adversity Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital "Reishit Tzemichat Ge'ulatenu": Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital The Kingdom of Justice and Truth Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital The Religious Significance of the State of Israel Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital "Sing to Him, Praise Him, Speak of All His Wonders" Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital Our Expectations of the State of Israel and the Extent of their Realization Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital “This Day God Has Made - Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad in It” “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall yet again dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand because of his old age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the Lord of hosts: If it will be wondrous in the eyes of the remnant of this nation in those days, it will also be wondrous in my eyes, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zekharia 8:4-6) Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital "Again There Shall Be Heard ...in the Streets of Jerusalem" The Holy One has never ceased to watch over and guide us, and for this reason we have merited to hear once again the sounds of joy and celebration in the city that was desolate. Holiday Packages
Harav Yehuda Amital "You Have Loved us and Desired Us" Rav Amital’'s remarks at an event held in 2002 in honor of the publication of a book by Moshe Maya, later published in English as A World Built, Destroyed and Rebuilt: Rabbi Yehuda Amital’s Confrontation with the Memory of the Holocaust. Jewish Tragedy
Harav Yehuda Amital Confronting the Holocaust It is not in spite of undergoing a test of this magnitude, but rather because of it, that we need our faith in order to survive. Jewish Tragedy
Harav Yehuda Amital "Forty Years Later: A Personal Recollection" "Specifically during those days; especially during those days – despite everything, I was proud to be numbered among the murdered and not the murderers." Jewish Tragedy
Harav Yehuda Amital A Kadish for the Martyrs of the Holocaust Jewish Tragedy
Harav Yehuda Amital The Holocaust and Jewish Morality: The Views of a Survivor Jewish Tragedy
Harav Yehuda Amital "Draw Out Your Soul to the Hungry" Jewish Tragedy
Harav Yehuda Amital Sensing God's Presence Selichot and the Yom Kippur Service
Harav Yehuda Amital The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy Selichot and the Yom Kippur Service
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 “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 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 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

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