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 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
Harav Yehuda Amital Naturalness in the Worship of God Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital The Significance of Torah Values Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Tension vs. Tranquility in the Worship of God Over the last generation, various doctrines originating in the Far East have penetrated the Western world. Under the influence of Eastern teachings, many have begun to advocate a life of tranquility and meditation. I harbor fundamental reservations regarding such approaches. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital "I am Prayer" Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Derekh Eretz - Being a Mensch Yiddish has a unique term, used by speakers of other languages as well, that is very difficult to translate - "menschlichkeit." The Hebrew term derekh eretz is only roughly equivalent. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital "I Dwell Among My People" Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital The Obligation to Sanctify God's Name Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Occupying Oneself With the Needs of the Community Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital The Message Beyond Mere Words Some words speak; others send a message. A person must be sensitive enough to hear what lies behind the words. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital How To Relate To One Who Has Lost His Faith I have already dealt at length with the general question of how we should relate to non-religious Jews. Here I wish to relate primarily to the emotional attitude that should be adopted towards those who have lost their faith. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Humanity The worship of God, in whatever form, cannot wipe out simple human feeling. The Rebbe of Kotzk would say about the verse: "And you shall be holy people to me" (Shemot 22:6), that God, as it were, is saying here: "Angels I have in sufficient quantity; I am looking for human beings who will be holy people." Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Dealing with Crisis People who occupy themselves primarily in spiritual matters, who generally aspire to progress and advancement, are sometimes overcome by temporary depression. At such moments, it is important to remember that this is natural, and it effects even great Torah authorities. It is no cause for alarm. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Clinging to Values While Chazal generally disapproved of vows – "Is what the Torah forbade you not enough that you wish to forbid other things as well?" (Yerushalmi, Nedarim 9:1) – they approved of a person who seeks additional obligations in order to prevent himself from straying in undesirable directions. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Independent Decision-Making A Jew is expected to be strong in his belief and in his adherence to his chosen path. This is all the more important in our generation, when the surrounding culture is so inimical to the ways of the Torah. A person's character is measured according to his ability to act with determination, undeterred by difficulties. Jewish Values in a Changing World
Harav Yehuda Amital Being Worthy Of the Land Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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