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 Kernel and Husk The Gemara (Avoda Zara 5b) notes that only at the end of the Jewish people's forty-year sojourn in the desert does Moshe see fit to mention their ingratitude towards God, as we see throughout the Book of Devarim. Based on this, the Gemara asserts that "No one can know his teacher's mind before forty years' time." What is the significance of this observation? Does it really take four decades to learn a lesson? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Gratitude and Repentance Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Showing Gratitude The mitzva of bikkurim is based on gratitude. But we must take a close look at what gratitude means, especially in our generation. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Transfer of Leadership Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "How Can We Speak, and How Can We Justify Ourselves?" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Your Tribal Heads, Your Elders" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital A Kaddish for the Martyrs of the Holocaust A generation ago, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared that the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet, which marks the beginning of the destruction of the Temple, would also be observed as a Holocaust Remembrance Day. Specifically, it would be the day to recite kaddish for relatives whose exact date of death we do not know. Just as the Tenth of Tevet thus has acquired a dual significance, so does the kaddish itself that we recite on this day. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Rejoice in the Lord and Be Glad Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Guardian of Israel - Watch Over the State of Israel Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "This is the Lord's Doing: It is Wondrous in Our Eyes!" Every year at the beginning of the month of Iyar, we experience Yom Ha-Zikaron (Memorial Day for fallen soldiers) and Yom Ha-Atzmaut (Independence Day) one right after the other. It is usually quite difficult to celebrate joyous occasions so soon after commemorating mournful ones, but Rashi teaches us a profound lesson in this regard in his commentary to Bereishit (6:6): "In a time of joy – there shall be joy, and in a time of grief – there shall be grief." Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital To Our Brothers in Distress: In the Wake of the Terror Attacks against America In the aftermath of the terror attacks on the WTC on 9/11/2001 , Rav Lichtenstein and Rav Amital sent an English letter to American community that was sent via the VBM entitled: "A Letter from the Rashei Yeshiva, To Our Brothers in Distress in the Wake of the Terror Attacks Against America" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Religious Insecurity and its Cures Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Sound of a Silent Shofar: The Problem of Rosh Ha-shana that Falls on Shabbat Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "I am Prayer" (Part 1 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "I am Prayer" (Part 2 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Social Challenges Confronting the State of Israel (Part 1 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Social Challenges Confronting the State of Israel (Part 2 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Torah Study in the Modern World (Part 1 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Torah Study in the Modern World (Part 2 of 2) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Not by Their Sword Did They Posses the Land, Nor Did their Own Arm Deliver them." We must respond to the challenge that faces us, and to act to promote the values of justice and morality in society. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Selective Confrontation: The Role of the Modern Jewish Leader (Part 1) We as Jews are facing a twofold problem. First, it is incumbent upon us to transplant the values inherent in the Torah into our mundane, everyday existence despite the constant change taking place around us. Second, we must be secure in our dedication to the values of the Torah, so that we can be assured that these values will maintain their fundamental meaning even when facing the challenge of foreign lifestyles and cultures. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Selective Confrontation: The Role of the Modern Jewish Leader (Part 2) Today Judaism faces a double-edged sword. Not only must it do battle with various alien influences that are brought to bear upon it, but it faces a for more serious threat originating in Judaism itself. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Your Mitzva is Very Broad:" Further Thoughts on the Search for "Connection" There exists today a phenomenon of youth who wish to express their unique personality in their service of God. Moreover, these youth are searching for their personal religious identity. A number of years ago, youth were content with recognizing their COLLECTIVE religious identity - as part of such bodies as Bnei Akiva, the "hesder" yeshivot in general, a particular yeshiva, etc. Today, however, they seek their special PERSONAL identity; they are no longer satisfied with an identity defined in collective terms. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Splitting of the Sea and the War with Amalek: A Perspective on Israel's Current Crisis We find ourselves now between Purim and Pesach, between the war against Amalek and the splitting of the Red Sea. I would like to take this opportunity to repeat some ideas that I shared with our talmidim regarding the current situation in Israel (2001). Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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