Avraham Ravitz

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Avraham Ravitz
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Date of birth 13 January 1934
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine
Date of death 26 January 2009(2009-01-26) (aged 75)
Place of death Jerusalem
Knessets 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Faction represented in Knesset
1988–1992 Degel HaTorah
1992–1996 United Torah Judaism
1996 Degel HaTorah
1996–1999 United Torah Judaism
1999 Degel HaTorah
1999–2005 United Torah Judaism
2005–2006 Degel HaTorah
2006–2008 United Torah Judaism
2008–2009 Degel HaTorah

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 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 career[edit]

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. 

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