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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Harav Yehuda Amital The Social Challenges Confronting the State of Israel Holiday Packages
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 Introduction - Jewish Values in a Changing World The story of this book begins in the summer of 2002. A group of instructors in Yeshivat Har Etzion were asked to compose a document that would summarize and reflect some of the principal messages of the Yeshiva. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital The Fear of God in Our Time Part 1 of 2 Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital The Fear of God in Our Time Part 2 of 2 Thus far, we have been speaking about the fear of punishment in the world-to-come. In contrast, the fear of punishment in this world – the fear of disease, misfortune, and the like – is indeed very easily attained. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Natural Morality Part 1 of 3 Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Natural Morality Part 2 of 3 Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Natural Morality Part 3 of 3 Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital In Depth Torah Study Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Levels of Mitzvot As observant Jews, we are committed to observing the Torah in all its details and particulars. Our determination to fulfill all the mitzvot must not, however, blur the distinctions between the various levels of mitzvot found in the Torah. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital The Personal Element in Serving God Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Religious Experience Jewish Values in a Changing World

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