Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon, born in Tel-Aviv in 1968, is the grandson of the renowned poet and author, Yosef Zvi Rimon. He is a prolific author of Halachic works which reflect his unique approach, taking the reader from the sources to the practical application of Halacha in our modern reality. These include the “Shirat Miriam Haggadah for Pesach”, “Halacha for IDF Soldiers”, “Shemita”, “Yom Kippur Machzor”, “Birkat Ha’Mazon and Zemirot Shabbat”, “Arba’at Ha’Minim” for Succot, and much more. “Shabbat Shamor” and “Shabbat Zachor” are now in advanced stages of writing and will, in all likelihood, be recognized as his magnum opus. Rav Rimon’s books are widely used throughout the world.
Rav Rimon is Founder and Chairman of the Halacha Education Center which develops innovative educational curricula for Jewish studies in Israel and abroad using cutting edge technologies. The Center’s work includes outreach in Latin America in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities. In addition, a Responsa Center has been established, providing in-depth answers to Halacha questions from Rabbis and laymen throughout the Jewish world. Rav Rimon is an internationally recognized “posek”, working closely with the Israeli Rabbinate—The center recently developed a Kashrut application which is being downloaded by thousands. Moreover, the Chief Rabbinate of South Africa invited Rav Rimon to their country in order give a Halachic ruling on a highly complex issue. A Shemita Visitors Center was initiated at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in 5775 and discussions are underway to establish a permanent “Mitzvot Dependent on Eretz Yisrael” Center. A World of Judaism theme park is also under development.
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon is the Rabbinic Head of the Jerusalem College of Technology and the Head of its Batei Midrash. His lectures are widely attended by students, faculty and citizens from around the country.
A very sought after lecturer, Rav Rimon teaches at Yeshivat Har Etzion, Migdal Oz Girls Seminary and is frequently invited by communities in Israel and North America for lectures. He also serves as the community Rabbi of Alon Shvut South in Gush Etzion.
Motivated by the words of the Rambam who writes that the greatest level of chessed is to help an individual find employment so that he can stand on his own two feet, Rav Rimon founded JobKatif shortly after the disengagement to help Gush Katif evacuees re-integrate into the work place. While JobKatif continues to work with the evacuees, they have developed new initiatives to help other population sectors who find themselves on the fringes of Israeli Society.
In recognition of his work on behalf of the Jews of Gush Katif, Rav Rimon was awarded the President’s Prize for Volunteerism by President Shimon Peres in 2008, and the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism in 2014. (It is interesting to note that his grandfather, Yosef Zvi Rimon was awarded the President’s Prize by Yitzchak Ben-Zvi 50 years earlier.)