Avraham Ravitz


Avraham Ravitz (Hebrew: אברהם רביץ, 13 January 1934 – 26 January 2009) was an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for Degel HaTorah, which forms part of the United Torah Judaism alliance.

Avraham Ravitz
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Faction represented in the Knesset
1988–1992Degel HaTorah
1992–1996United Torah Judaism
1996Degel HaTorah
1996–1999United Torah Judaism
1999Degel HaTorah
1999–2005United Torah Judaism
2005–2006Degel HaTorah
2006–2008United Torah Judaism
2008–2009Degel HaTorah
Personal details
Born13 January 1934
Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine
Died26 January 2009(2009-01-26) (aged 75)


Avraham Ravitz was born in Tel Aviv during the Mandate era. He studied at Hebron Rabbinical College, served in the Lehi, and later in the IDF.[1] Ravitz was married to Avigayil, with whom he had 12 children. He lived in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood of Jerusalem. In January 2009, he was hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem due to heart problems. He died on January 26, 2009.[2]

Political careerEdit

Ravitz was first elected to the Knesset in 1988, and in June 1990, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction. Although he lost his seat in the 1992 elections, Yitzhak Peretz resigned three days into the new Knesset term, and Ravitz replaced him. He retained his seat in elections in 1996 and 1999. When Ariel Sharon formed a new government in 2001, Ravitz was appointed Deputy Minister of Education. He was re-elected in 2003, and in March 2005, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Welfare and Social Services. He retained his seat again in the 2006 election.

In November 2008, Ravitz announced that he was leaving politics, although he planned to continue to serve as Degel HaTorah chairman.[1]


  1. ^ a b MK Ravitz quitting politics after 20 years Ynetnews, 27 November 2008
  2. ^ Medzini, Ronen (2009-01-26). "MK Avraham Ravitz dies at 75". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2009-01-26.

External linksEdit

  • My Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Avraham Ravitz, Gideon Levy, Haaretz
  • Avraham Ravitz on the Knesset website