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 Pharaoh's Lack of Free Will Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Appreciating Borrowed Values Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Plead With the People that They Should Take Property" We commemorate so many other aspects of the exodus from Egypt, such as the matza to commemorate "because their dough did not have time to rise," the maror to commemorate the bitter times, and charoset for the mortar. Why do we have nothing at the seder to commemorate "And afterward they shall go out with great substance"? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Chok U Mishpat" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital When Pharaoh Sent Out the People Why does the text attribute the sending out of the people to Pharaoh? Was it really Pharaoh who was responsible for their departure? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital A Complex Reality Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Yitro and the Receiving of the Torah After we read, in last week's parasha, about the Exodus from Egypt and the splitting of the sea, we would have expected this week's parasha to start with a description of the Revelation at Sinai and the receiving of the Torah. It is surprising, then, that this account is preceded by the story of Yitro. What does Yitro have to do with the unfolding of the great redemption that is being recounted in this series of parashot? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Religiosity and Morality Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "My Cow, My Cow!" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Draw Out Your Soul to the Hungry" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Yitro and the Receiving of the Torah Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "And the Name of the Special One was Eliezer" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Lessons of Yitro Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "The Laws of God are True; They are Righteous Together" (Tehillim19:10) Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "They Shall Take Me" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital A Sense of Obligation Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Performing Mitzvot Naturally Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Obligation and Offering Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Ketoret and Menora: Commitment and Understanding Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital "Clothes for Honor and Glory" Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The Torah and the Mishkan Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Where is Moshe? Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital “And You Shall Command” The relationship between Moshe and Aharon, and the juxtaposition of lighting the menora and building the Mishkan, teach us about the relationship between connecting to God through Torah and through experiential worship. Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital Clothes and the Man Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Harav Yehuda Amital The "Half Shekel": Individuality and Community in Am Yisrael Sichot Roshei Yeshiva

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