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 is Founder and Chairman of the Halacha Education Center which develops innovative educational curricula for Jewish studies, using state-of-the-art, cutting edge technologies, in Israel and abroad. 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. In fact, 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 will be launched at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens for the year 5775 and a World of Judaism theme park is under development.
A popular 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.
Rav Rimon founded JobKatif shortly after the disengagement to help Gush Katif evacuees re-integrate into the work place, and today continues to serve as its Chairman. In 2008, Rav Rimon was awarded the President's Prize for Volunteerism by President Shimon Peres. (It is interesting to note that his grandfather, Yosef Zvi Rimon was awarded the President's Prize by Yitzchak Ben-Zvi 50 years earlier.) Rav Rimon will also be awarded the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism on Yom Yerushalayim, 2014, for his monumental project – JobKatif – on behalf of the Jews of Gush Katif.