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 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 The Akeida's Lesson for Penitents The Meaning of Rosh Hashana
Harav Yehuda Amital "So That Their Memory be Invoked Before Me" The Meaning of Rosh Hashana
Harav Yehuda Amital Hope and Despair in the Akeida 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 Cry of the Heart 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 Simple Sound of Truth The Meaning of the Shofar
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 "Righteousness is Yours, O Lord, While Shame is Ours" The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital Individual Repentance and National Repair The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital "Purify our Hearts to Serve You in Truth" The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital How Can We Speak and How Can We Justify Ourselves? The Season of Repentance
Harav Yehuda Amital Torah Values and Torah Commandments Torah Study
Harav Yehuda Amital The Importance of In-Depth Torah Study Torah Study
Harav Yehuda Amital Torah Study in the Modern World Torah Study
Harav Yehuda Amital The State of Israel as the Realization of the Prophetic Visions The return of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel poses powerful theological challenges, which have to be addressed by all sectors of religious Jewry. We dare not ignore either its wondrous nature or the fact that it is only partial.
Harav Yehuda Amital Commemorating the Yom Kippur War: The Legacy of Rav Yehuda Amital During the first twenty days of the war, Yeshivat Har Etzion lost eight of its students… Yehi zikhram barukh.
Harav Yehuda Amital “Remember Us with Favor” God forgets nothing. What, then, is the “favorable remembrance” that we ask for?

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