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Rabbi Benzion Meir Hai Uziel

Rabbi Benzion Meir Hai Uziel
Thinker, Halakhist, Leader
Edited by: Amihai Radzyner, Melech Westreich, Zvi Zohar

Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel (1880-1953), who was the first Zionist and the second Sephardic rabbi in Israel (and the first in the State of Israel), a public leader for decades, primarily in Israel but also in the rabbinical community of Thessaloniki, wrote extensively. His writings, printed in dozens of volumes, consist of different literary types: Halachic answers, commentary and hidushim, thought and epistles on various subjects. However, despite its wide scope and central place among twentieth-century rabbis, its creation and personality did not appear to be worthy of a place, and the research on it was relatively poor. In addition, the religious and rabbinical world also did not significantly internalize Rabbi Uziel's halachic and thought-provoking work, which in many cases was innovative and original, and presented fascinating confrontation with the challenges of the time: secularism, Zionism, agricultural settlement, the establishment of the state, the Diaspora, scientific progress, women's status and more.

This collection has come to slightly correct the situation and enrich our knowledge of Rabbi Uziel and his work and heritage. Three sections in the volume: Philosophy and Thought, Hebrew Law and Halacha, Public Activity and Leadership include twelve articles, by the best researchers in the field, as well as an introduction, presenting from various perspectives key pillars of Rabbi Uziel's image and work. From this, the volume makes a significant contribution to both the study of Jewish law and rabbinical thought of the 20th century in general, as well as to the public discourse on the ways of Jewish law and Jewish thought in the present and the future, in light of the new and modern state of Israel.

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Danacode:   110-20290 ISBN:  978-965-226-548-7 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   384 Weight:   600 gr Dimensions:  17x24 cm Publication Date:   04/2020 Publisher:   Bar-Ilan University Press

Preface 3

Philosophy and Thought

Hanoch Ben-Pazi Script, Language, and Shabbat: A Philosophical Study of the Concept of Witnessing in “Mikhmanei Uziel” 11

Yaakov Haddany Insights of Rabbi Uziel’s Prayers 37

Zvi Zohar Individual, People, Humankind: Interconnection as a Core Ideal in the Worldview of Rabbi Uziel 73 Nissim Leon The Memorialization of Rabbi Uziel 103

Avi Sagi Halakhic Loyalty in the Thought of Rabbi Ben Zion Uziel 123

Dov Schwartz Rabbi Ben Zion Hai Uziel as a Religious Zionist Thinker 137

Jewish Law and Halakhah

Meir Duvdevani ‘deLo Tekum beArur’: The Uniqueness of Rabbi Uziel’s rulings on Abortions 171

Elimelech Westreich The Halakhic Activity of Rabbi Uziel and its Relations to the Halakhic Activity of the Rabbis of the Hazan Family 191

Naama Sat ‘Mishum Iguna Akilu bah Rabanan’: Rabbi Uziel and the Relaxation of Law in Favor of ‘Chained’ Wives 233

Public Activity and Leadership

Gila Hadar Rabi Ben Zion Meir Uziel in Thessaloniki (1921-1923) 265

Malka Katz Rabbi Uziel and the Democratic Way in Religious Zionism During the Pre-State Period: Historic Observations 297

Yitzchak Kerem The Activities of Rabbi uziel in the Rescue of Greek Jewry and in the Rehabilitation of Survivors after the Holocaust 329

Index 351