I should also point out that there are several different types of hebraizations; Amital, for instance, has nothing to do with his previous surname, while Har-Shoshanim is a direct translation of a previous surname.
There are also other kinds of hebraizations on which I will expand upon in future posts. Joel S.
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Around this time, he joined the Haganah. When the yeshiva relocated to Rehovot, Amital followed, settling in Rehovot until he moved to Jerusalem in the s. The day after the Declaration of Independence, Amital's unit was mobilized. He took part in battles of Latrun and the western Galilee.
After the war, Amital became a rabbinic secretary in the Beth Din of Rehovot, and, two years later, he became an instructor at Yeshivat HaDarom, where he helped formulate the idea of a Hesder Yeshiva. Amital died on July 9, , and was laid to rest in the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, where thousands attended his funeral.
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In , Amital founded the left-leaning religious Meimad movement, and was elected as its chairman after it became a political party. In , he served as a Minister without Portfolio in the government of Shimon Peres, despite not being a Knesset member.
The yeshiva opened in Kfar Etzion in with 30 students. After two years, the institution moved to its current location in Alon Shvut.
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For some, its natural to get there for the beginning, pray the entire service and stay to the end, others feel more comfortable coming a little later, taking their children to a toddler's or children's service and reading some of the books and booklets put out to make the service more interesting.
The most important thing is to come along and be part of the community. All synagogues are keen to welcome new members and people who have not been regular shul goers, so although it may be a bit intimidating, you will certainly be very welcome.
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Rabbis love questions, so if there is anything you don't quite understand, feel free to ask a question. The point was made in a humorous story which was often recounted by the late Rabbi Yehudah Amital d.
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He was impressed to see the great Rabbi reading, studying and chanting with great devotion, when suddenly the door of the study hall swung open and the room was filled with a terrible stench. A peasant strode into the study hall, made straight for the Rabbi and began wailing "my cow, my cow" before recounting in excruciating detail the difficulties faced by his cow in calving.
The Rabbi calmed him down, suggested he visit the vet.