We are honored to share this week’s Chinuch Podcast for Parsha Ha’Azinu by Ha-Rav Shlomo Chaim Ha-Cohain Aviner. Ha-Rav Aviner was born in German-occupied Lyon, France. At the age of 23, Rav Aviner made aliyah to Kibbutz Sedei Eliyahu, in the Beit She’an Valley of the Galil and then went to learn at Yeshivat Merkaz Harav in Yerushalayim, where he met Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook, Rosh Yeshiva and son of Israel’s first Chief Rabbi, Ha-Rav Avraham Yitzchak Ha-Cohain Kook. Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah became his foremost teacher, and the Rav became one of his “Talmdei Muvhak – leading students.” Today, Rav Aviner is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim.
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In the year 5731, Rav Aviner became the Rabbi of Kibbutz Lavi in the lower Galil, where he spent half of his day working in the farm. In 5737, he left Lavi to serve as the Rabbi of Moshav Keshet in the Golan Heights. In 5741, the Rav accepted the position of Rav of Beit El (Aleph), in the Binyamin region of the Shomron. Two years later, the Rav also became the Rosh Yeshiva of the new-established Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim (formerly known as Ateret Cohanim). Located in the Old City of Yerushalayim, Rav Aviner’s yeshiva is the closest yeshiva to the Har Ha-Bayit – the Temple Mount, the holiest spot in the world. In its more than thirty year history, Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim has produced rabbis, teachers, educators and officers in Tzahal, while also promoting the building and settling of the city of Yerushalayim. Rav Aviner has become a ubiquitous presence in Israel. The Rav has published hundreds of books and articles, including Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah (talks by Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah), Tal Hermon on the weekly Torah portion and holidays and his multi-volume responsa Shu”t She’eilat Shlomo. The Rav’s talks and responsa appear monthly in the Torah journals, Israeli newspapers and Parashah sheets which are distributed every Shabbat in Shuls throughout Israel. The Rav hosts two weekly radio programs, has a video Q&A blog, teaches weekly classes and gives talks in many different venues. In addition to these scheduled events, Rav Aviner also makes himself available to hundreds of people from all walks of life who come to him with questions via the telephone, e-mail and text messages.
Previous Podcasts on Parsha Ha’Azinu:
Rabbi Ari Katz, Co-owner and Director of Camp Mesorah.
The Famous Abba’s Chinuch Podcast Series provides you with shiurim, in 5 minutes or less, on an area of chinuch related to the parsha or a yom tov. Each Podcast is recorded exclusively for The Famous Abba by a Jewish leader or scholar.