n HTS : Theological Studies - A critical investigation into Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli’s views on the phenomenon of labour - research

Volume 75 Number 3
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli (1909–1995) was one of religious Zionism’s greatest rabbis and adjudicators. He served for many years as the rabbi of Moshav Kfar Haroeh, sat as a judge in the supreme Rabbinical Court and was head of the Merkaz Harav yeshiva. The purpose of this study is to shed light on Yisraeli’s attitude towards work. Did he see work as a basic human obligation spelled out by the physical need for survival? Did he associate an ideological value with work, as part of a worldview integrating religious values with extrareligious ones, similar to socialism? Or did he see work as a religious value, one that stemmed from his theology?

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