Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

Family is joy - and how to get ready for Pesach

Modern and post-modern approaches attack family values ​​because they espouse individual choice to the extreme, reaching the point of egoism , 3/19/2018, 12:27 AM

When an old book meets a changing world

Reprinting the volume of “Ha’am ve’ Ha’aretz” (The Nation and the Land) in the “Peninei Halakha” series was a complex challenge. The new edition has new topics, and explains the logic and morality of the commandments to the Land and nation., 3/11/2018, 7:47 AM

The truth about Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook

Since the death of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook, his image suffered character assassination by the secular Left,, 3/4/2018, 11:50 PM

Remembering Amalek; the Fast of Esther; the half-shekel

Insights into the issues and mitzvot of the Purim season., 2/24/2018, 11:18 PM

Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal lives on

Rabbi Itamar's influence is far-reaching and alive, his family a beacon of light for the nation., 2/18/2018, 7:19 AM

Eulogy for Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal Hy"d

Recently, Rabbi Itamar and his wife Miriam spoke about the possibility that one of them would be killed for the sanctification of God’s name, and agreed that they were prepared to courageously rise to this challenge, 2/11/2018, 10:24 PM

Recruitment of women soldiers: The problem in the IDF leadersihp

The mixing of male and female soldiers creates situations of absolute Torah prohibitions and the cultural deterioration among today's youth also weakens the level of modesty., 2/3/2018, 10:01 PM

What's so special about 'taking Challah?'

Bread is man’s unique food, because it requires labor and creativity * By 'taking' or 'separating' challah’, one is reminded to channel his creative powers to ‘Tikkun Olam’, 1/23/2018, 12:06 PM

Shabbat legislation? Only by agreement

The Jewish people’s detachment from the sanctity of Shabbat is heartbreaking but coercion is not the answer, owing to the importance of freedom., 1/15/2018, 11:00 AM

Ger Toshav: Obstacles and Aspirations

All about the status of non-Jews residing in the Land of Israel., 1/7/2018, 10:26 PM

Donating organs in Israel: The new clause on donor cards

The Chief Rabbinate decided to allow transplants, but justifiably conditioned it on the presence of a God-fearing physician It took years to reach an agreement and train rabbis to rule in this field, but now it is a mitzva to donate organs in Israel., 12/31/2017, 4:42 PM

It is the demonstrations that are corrupt

The relatively minor suspicions against Prime Minister Netanyahu - which have not yet been proven - are not serious enough to oust representatives chosen by the public, , 12/27/2017, 5:59 PM

The struggle for the Sanctuary is not over

The Reform movement tried to sabotage the recognition of Jerusalem akin to their erasing of Jerusalem from prayers, but at the same time, demand changes of the status quo at the Western Wall., 12/16/2017, 7:59 AM

A primer for Hanukkah candle-lighting

It is appropriate to light the Hanukkah candles at ‘tzeit ha’kachavim’ (nightfall), if possible, and especially desirable to dedicate the time after kindling the lights to the study of the holiday, and family gatherings., 12/9/2017, 7:50 PM

Religious MKs: Don't resign from the Knesset

Shouldn't observant ministers resign in the event of Shabbat desecration by the government?, 12/4/2017, 9:04 PM

Gifts to the poor - shared cooperation

Ways of helping the poor according to the mitzvot of the Torah. The Torah does not advocate the creation of artificial equality, but rather, cooperation and correlation between all sectors of society., 11/27/2017, 3:13 PM

Rabbi Dov Yaffe ztz"l: 'Rabbi Kook was my role model'

In memory of Rabbi Dov Yaffe, the haredi senior ‘mashgiach’, who pased away last week, said he modeled himself entirely on Rabbi Kook., 11/21/2017, 11:21 AM

The IBA “investigation” of the Rabbinate’s Kosher Certification

Israel Broadcasting Authority or Anti-Religious Broadcasting Authority? Skewed reporting and investigating is rampant in the case of the Rabbinate's kashrut certification- and not only there., 11/8/2017, 4:53 PM

Animal suffering vs. human needs

The three determining rules in cases of a conflict between human needs and animal suffering * Cruelty versus mild suffering * Animals possessing developed senses versus those with less * Domestic animals versus wild animals., 11/5/2017, 7:16 AM

Animals must not be abused

Human needs precede those of animals Nevertheless, it is a mitzvah to treat animals with mercy and compassion, and not to hurt them needlessly. If an animal is suffering in vain, it is a mitzvah to rescue it from its suffering., 10/24/2017, 6:57 AM

Return to Torah, faith, and intimacy

The Holy of Holies expressed the foundations of faith, and in its absence we should return to the value of faith, and to the belief that the world can be repaired in its light * The Holy of Holies is also the place of the Torah., 10/1/2017, 11:59 PM

Fasting on Yom Kippur

A guide for those dealing with problems concerning fasting., 9/26/2017, 8:20 AM

Three days of holiness

It is a mitzvah to rejoice on Rosh Hashanah and accept the yoke of Heaven with joy, out of fear and remorse, but one must be sure to observe the holiday properly., 9/20/2017, 2:02 PM

Regarding Israel's judiciary - and uprooting fruit trees

The complaints against them are futile – their views are clear, and they will not alter them. We need change from the ground up., 9/17/2017, 7:04 PM

Judgement Day for the entire nation

The individual receives his reward or his punishment after his death; his life in this world is dependent on the nation, as well., 9/11/2017, 10:12 AM

No state without faith

During the period of the passing of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook ztz”l, it is worthwhile recalling his position on the Zionist movement: It is important to take part in it, but it will succeed only out of holiness., 8/28/2017, 10:12 AM

A spiritual vacation in the Temple

In the future, thousands of hotels will be built near the Temple so that everyone can rejoice and receive relevant, spiritual guidance. Throughout the year, Jerusalem will serve as a spiritual center for all mankind, 8/21/2017, 5:14 PM

The Levitical model for supporting Torah

The Kohanim and the Levi’im established the model of the ‘garin Torani’: scattered throughout the country, but living in groups * The Israelites supported the Kohanim and Levi’im who studied Torah., 8/14/2017, 7:53 PM

The ancient Tu B'Av tradition

Three different statements by three young women of differing backgrounds. One lesson., 8/5/2017, 11:09 PM

The Temple - top of the agenda

Our political and defense leaders do not understand the nation of Israel’s mission, and consequently, do not grasp the essence of the struggle against our enemies., 7/30/2017, 10:11 AM

Rosh Chodesh Av: Laws of the Nine Days

Joyous events are forbidden during the Nine Days that begin Monday July 24 this year, but study tours and seminars are permitted. In Israel today, the prohibition of bathing during the Nine Days is not applicable. A primer., 7/24/2017, 8:51 AM

Must children wait between meat and milk foods as well?

How the different customs of waiting between meat and milk were established – six hours, one hour, and three hours , 7/16/2017, 12:53 PM

Indeed, a unique nation

The Prime Minister of India represents the great number of people in the world who are in awe of Israel * In the West, Israel is repressed; but in the East, Israel is constantly taken notice of., 7/8/2017, 11:55 PM

Academic reserve for National Service, Sherut Leumi

Torah, mitzvot, and family life are not meant to be an obstacle for women who wish to advance, but a source of blessing. Everyone is meant to realize his talents in order to perfect the world in the kingdom of God , women included., 7/2/2017, 3:23 PM

The underlying reason: Disdain for the Land

Because the Spies did not love the Land of Israel, they found rational reasons to fear entering it To this day, all rational considerations are based on a misunderstanding of the value of the Land., 6/19/2017, 10:36 AM

The sin of the spies

The sin of the spies was worse than the Golden Calf - and there are those who commit that sin today., 6/16/2017, 5:40 PM

The elders' guilt

The sins spoken of in this week’s Torah portion were committed by evil members of the nation, but the elders were guilty for not objecting., 6/11/2017, 12:39 AM

Uprooting terrorism from its Islamic source

Islamic terrorism has become routine, but the West fails to understand its roots - Western intellectuals ignore the human longing for a life filled with faith, content, and ideals, whether good or bad. , 6/5/2017, 6:55 AM

Connecting Nationalism to Torah

While in Israel, foreign students studying in Israel and those living here temporarily or have relatives here, are exempt from second day of Yom Tov , 5/28/2017, 11:02 PM

Equality, no; family unity, yes

Although equality between men and women is a basic principle in halakha, in family-related laws, differences exist between the two * Each difference has a purpose – the unity of the family., 5/22/2017, 10:43 PM

Why postpone Lag Ba"Omer; Filing complaints about the IDF

Filing a complaint will lead to IDF improvement; refraining from Lag Ba'omer bonfires on Saturday night prevents Sabbath desecration., 5/14/2017, 11:46 PM

Topics: The attorney general, candy, and women's study of Torah

1. The institution of Attorney General assumes supreme authority in an anti-democratic manner. 2.The basic obligation of Torah study for women, which in the past centered around affairs concerning the home and its surroundings, has widened, 5/9/2017, 6:39 AM

Hastening the Redemption

The Redemption can come in two fundamental ways: either from the Heavens and swiftly, or in a natural, and painful manner Today as well, we have two options., 4/30/2017, 8:04 AM

A message for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Although the rabbis chose the Tenth of Tevet for Holocaust Remembrance Day, we can give the day chosen by the Knesset special meaning., 4/23/2017, 8:45 PM

Not everything must have a kosher for Passover certification

A primer for the non-food items and a reminder of what freedom is all about., 4/8/2017, 11:34 PM

Winning the struggle for religious rights in the IDF

Despite meeting of Chief of Staff Eizenkot and leading Religious Zionist rabbis, CoS' attitude towards Jewish tradition cannot be trusted., 4/2/2017, 11:23 AM

Airing religious problems in the IDF

The focal point of the struggle is protecting the rights of the religious soldier., 3/28/2017, 1:54 AM

The difficulties facing religious IDF soldiers

A shocking letter from an IDF soldier about the religious problems when serving in a non-hesder unit. , 3/18/2017, 8:55 PM

Annihilating Amalek is different from Nazi actions

The mitzvah to annihilate Amalek is also moral and logical – to deter the wicked. May the mitzvah be applied in our day?, 3/12/2017, 9:00 AM

The duty to protest in the IDF

Despite disagreement on how to respond to the eroding Jewish character of the I.D.F., the confirmed halakha is that one is obligated 'to admonish.' Filing a complaint is customary in the IDF, and is not considered an affront to authority., 3/5/2017, 11:51 PM

Honoring parents, Exercising judgment

Respect for parents empowers children, but if children do not honor their parents properly, parents should overlook it . Children, however, should exercise moral judgment, and not blindly obey all their parents' orders. , 2/27/2017, 7:05 AM

Checking food for bugs

The Torah did not prohibit insects one cannot see; the question is, what is the halakha when an insect can be seen under certain conditions?, 2/14/2017, 11:30 AM

Building the Land of Israel: A solution for the world

The Arab demand for Israel’s withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and the Golan brought on their economic collapse and deadly revolutions. The Western obsession with Arab refugees in Israel brought on the plague of refugees in the US and Europe, 2/6/2017, 1:33 PM

Settling the land would lower housing prices

Israel’s political leaders must remove the obstacles preventing construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for Zionistic reasons, but a construction boom is also the best solution for reducing housing prices., 2/1/2017, 12:22 AM

Stay healthy: One way is to walk to a distant synagogue

A person is rewarded for every step taken while walking to synagogue, even if there is a closer synagogue – provided there is a good reason to prefer the more distant synagogue. , 1/23/2017, 12:09 PM

The Hasmonean's defeat and the 10th of Tevet

The fasts commemorating the destruction of the First Temple were annulled during the Second Temple period, but were reinstated after the collapse of the Hasmonean dynasty and the destruction of the Temple. , 1/7/2017, 7:52 PM

The complex story of Hanukkah

Had the Greeks been more patient, Judea would have succumbed to Hellenism, just like the other nations did., 1/1/2017, 5:22 PM