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 Perfection of Man and Nature "If you walk in my statutes... I will give your rains at their proper time, and the land will give of its produce and the tree of the field will give its fruit." (Vayikra 23:3-4) We may ask ourselves, what is so special about this blessing promised to us if we walk in God's statutes? After all, is it not natural – the accepted, expected way of the world - that the land gives of its produce and that the trees give of their fruit? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "If You Follow My Statutes - Meaning, If You Toil in Torah" “If you follow My statutes” (Vayikra 26:3) – can this mean fulfilling the commandments? When God says, “and if you observe My commandments” (ibid.), that already covers fulfillment of the commandments, so what must I do in order to fulfill the injunction to “follow My statutes”? It means toiling in Torah. (Rashi ad loc.) And what is the reward for those who “follow God’s statutes” – i.e., those who toil in Torah? The Torah continues: Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Halakha and Aggada Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Name and Number Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital With Love and With Awe Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Acceptance and Coercion: The Leviyim and the Torah Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Baseless Love Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Civilization in the Wilderness Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "By Their Families, By Their Households" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "In His Own Camp and at his Own Flag" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital A Sense of Mission Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Levite Service Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The "Great Fire" at the Giving of the Torah Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Fear of Heaven and Fear of Sin Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Function of the Leviim and the Nesiim Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Flesh and Spirit Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Dedication of the Altar "Why was the parasha dealing with the menora juxtaposed to the parasha dealing with the princes of the tribes? Because when Aharon witnessed the role of the princes in dedicating the mishkan, he was saddened at not being among them, representing his tribe. God said to him, 'On your life - your [task] is greater than theirs, for you light and prepare the candles.'" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Changing Human Nature Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Power of Newness Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital He Overturned the Mountain upon Them Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Obligation and Initiative Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Commitment Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Your Share is Greater Than Theirs" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Judging Favorably Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital An Unready Generation Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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