Author Archives: Yehuda Amital

HaRav Yehuda Amital was the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Preparation and Spontaneity

Based on a sicha by Harav Yehuda Amital Adapted by Rav Ronnie Ziegler Translated by David Silverberg Regarding the first verse of Parashat Vayikra, “And He called to Moshe,” Rashi writes, “‘Calling’ preceded every utterance, every speech, and every commandment. It is an expression of love, the expression used by the heavenly angels. To the gentile prophets, by contrast, He ...

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Reciting Kiddush when Staking an Ambush

by Rav Yehuda Amital, zt”l Question: If one is staking an ambush on a Friday night, and he has neither wine nor any desire to eat, is he obligated to eat bread, so that he can recite kiddush and fulfill the mitzva of eating a Shabbat meal, even though he will have to do this in the dark while lying in the ...

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Why Was Coercion Necessary in the Giving of the Torah?

Based on a sicha by Harav Yehuda Amital Adapted by Dov Karoll And God spoke to Moshe, saying, Take also a census of (literally: lift up) the sons of Gershon, throughout the houses of their fathers, by their families; from thirty years old and upward until fifty years old shall you count them; all who enter in to perform the ...

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Commitment vs “Connecting”

Commitment vs. “Connecting” The Current Crisis of Our Youth [1]Translated by Kaeren Fish with Rav Reuven Ziegler. This speech was delivered at Yeshivat Har Etzion’s mesibat Chanuka, 5760 (1999). by R. Yehuda Amital One of the cornerstones of Judaism is commitment. However, the very concept of commitment today faces a severe crisis among some of the religious-Zionist youth, in high ...

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