THE KEHILAH MOURNS THE LOSS OF A GREAT POSEK AND RABBINIC LEADER IN KLAL YISRAEL
HaRav Yehuda Herzl Henkin, zt"l
HaRav Henkin was one of the prominent Poskim in the religious Zionist community. The author of Responsa Bnei Banim and his Torah commentary, Hibah Yiteirah, Rav Henkin spent his long rabbinic career teaching and reinforcing the teaching of his beloved grandfather, Rav Yosef Henkin, who ordained Rav Henkin and innovating and advancing Torah in his own right. Additionally, Rav Henkin published four books: Equality Lost: Essays in Torah commentary, Halakha and Jewish Thought; New Interpretations on the Parsha; Responsa on Contemporary Jewish Women Issues; and Understanding Tzniut: Modern Controversies in the Jewish Community.
Rav Henkin served as the Rabbi of he Beit Shean Valley before moving to Yerushalayim. Along with his wife, Chana Henkin, Rav Henkin helped establish Nishmat, a yeshiva for women to become halakhic advisors and well as a learning institution for women. Rav Henkin served as the halakhic advisor to Nishmat and taught and supervised the examinations of women in the Nishmat Yoetzet Halakha program, our own R' Dina Najman being among the many women who benefited from HaRav Henkin's instruction.
HaRav Henkin is survived by his wife, Chana Henkin, the director of the Nishmat seminary for women and the program for female halachic advisors, as well as 5 children. His son Eitam Henkin Hy’D, a prominent Torah scholar in his own right, was murdered together with his wife by Arab terrorists near the community of Elon Moreh in 2015.
We offer our deepest nechama to his wife Chana Henkin, his children, grandchildren, family and so many in his community greatly influenced by him.
We have a great deal of gratitude to HaRav Yehuda Herzl Henkin, zt"l, for all his many contributions he made to Torah learning, to bioethics and Halakha, where he guided many students and those in the IDF), creating openings for women to have an active voice through creating roles for women to advise on halakhic issues. Our community along with the Jewish community at large benefited from his Torah and courage.
May HaRav Henkin be a malitz yosher for his entire family and Klal Yisrael.
A bright light of Torah, chachma, innovation and integrity has gone from our world.