Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

Alcoholic beverages: A way to increase joy versus moshav leitzim

Clarifying the educational approach towards alcohol at parties: *Drinking wine in the atmosphere of a mitzvah brings joy, whereas drinking wine frivolously causes only sorrow. *, 1/27/2019, 9:16 AM

More decrees or education?

The previous column ended with a question to the public: Should parties with a secular atmosphere be included in the prohibition against drinking at non-Jewish parties, or is teaching to refrain from drinking at such parties enough?, 1/22/2019, 8:09 AM

Drinking with non-Jews: What is forbidden and where?

The prohibition against wine of non-Jews is more severe than the ban on bread and cooked food, and even the touch of a non-Jew renders it forbidden. Our Sages also forbade drinking alcoholic beverages with a non-Jew, even when drinking alone , 1/13/2019, 1:46 PM

The obligation to consult a doctor in the case of infertility problems

The fundamental goal of creation is its continuity., 1/6/2019, 5:03 PM

Chalav Yisrael and Chalav Nochri - Between kashrut and hiddur

Chalav Nochri is forbidden from a Rabbinical prohibition out of concern that non-kosher milk was mixed in it; the question is, how concerned must we be., 1/1/2019, 7:20 AM

A friend from Italy comes to visit

Matteo Salvini, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and a leading candidate for Prime Minister, visited Israel and expressed enthusiastic support for it – but the political Left preferred to ignore his warm feelings, and accuse him of anti-Semitism. , 12/24/2018, 10:46 AM

The obligation to vaccinate

The scientific claims against the vaccine are based on research proven to be false. The halakhic rule that we follow the majority is also true in the field of medicine and here we go according to the position of the majority of doctors., 12/16/2018, 7:41 AM

New revelations on the Heter Mechira dilemma

The real dilemma is based on a fundamental disagreement about what faith is – relying on miracles, or the calculated and planned fulfillment of mitzvoth., 12/11/2018, 11:50 AM

The customs that survived thanks to the Yemenite Jews

Although there is no place for separate yeshivas along the lines of ethnic Jewish groups, the prayers and customs of the different groups should be retained., 12/2/2018, 6:10 AM

The transformation of the rules for koshering an animal's hind parts

With many hechshers it is impossible to obtain the back part of a ritually slaughtered animal because it isvery difficult to avoid the prohibitions of cheilev and gid ha’nasheh., 11/26/2018, 7:00 PM

Young women's kind behavior at a wedding

Today's frenetic dancing leaves older women outside the circle, unless young women realize this is what is happening and make room for them with a slower dance., 11/17/2018, 10:23 PM

The prohibition against reckless driving

A person who speeds, or is distracted while driving, violates a prohibition whether or not he caused an accident., 11/11/2018, 9:58 AM

The 'Traveler's prayer' must be said with utmost kavana

A response to the horrific traffic accidents we have witnessed recently is to drive more carefully - and be sure to recite the 'travelers' prayer,' written to include everyone, with fervent kavana., 11/5/2018, 6:46 AM

Yes, we care about other nations - even the Left

The love of man of the leftwing movements is directed toward an abstract person, but once he exhibits an identity, hatred towards him develops., 10/22/2018, 3:45 PM

The Right in Europe is no longer anti-Semitic

It's time has to re-examine relations with the extreme right-wing parties in Europe, if they have removed all Jew-haters from their ranks and are working to preserve the national identity of the peoples of Europe. , 10/14/2018, 8:41 AM

When do we recite 'Hagomel' today?

The rabbinic decree was to recite the Gomel after leaving a dangerous situation, and therefore today one should recite the blessing only in situations of exceptional risk., 10/6/2018, 9:42 PM

Fasting - also for pregnant and nursing women

The most important aspect of the day is atonement through fasting., 9/16/2018, 9:56 AM

G-d's coronation: The empowerment of man and the nation

Torah from Har Bracha Yeshiva, in the Shomron., 9/9/2018, 12:35 AM

No return to the Diaspora, remain in the IDF

Criticism of the IDF does not detract from the absolute obligation to enlist. , 9/3/2018, 4:05 AM

Why modesty is critical in the IDF

In contrast to the insulting remarks about religious soldiers claiming  that they are afraid to be in the company of women, the Torah teaches a much broader goal meant to protect family and society., 8/29/2018, 12:00 AM

Rabbi Kook: Authoritative leader, posek, visionary

83 years after his death, it can be clearly seen that Rav Kook was a realistic visionary who warned against dangers and crises in the return to the land of our fathers., 8/26/2018, 12:18 AM

Concession regarding the Nation-State Law is forbidden

Opponents of the "Chok Ha'Leum" (National-State Law, aka Nationality Law) are those who fear any emphasis on the Jewish character of the state, and wish to blur the uniqueness of the Jewish people * , 8/15/2018, 12:52 PM

Facing the LGBT: Education and love

Since the Akeida, the binding of Isaac, the Jewish nation has dealt with trials in performing the Divine command – fulfilling the word of God even if it means suffering sorrow and pain., 8/6/2018, 8:01 AM

He who believes in Israel can meet its challenges

Those who do not love the Land or believe in its significance will say that defending it is impossible, citing demographic predictions, while those who see settling the Land as a mitzvah will find the practical solutions to maintain our hold on it. , 7/29/2018, 1:09 PM

 When Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat

A detailed primer for this year's unusual fast and pre-fast., 7/20/2018, 12:32 PM

Torah study during summer vacation

Talk to children in advance about learning during the summer vacation, and plan together how to use their time well. (Don't miss topic at end: Aliyah during the 9 Days.), 7/8/2018, 8:34 AM

Is checking eggs for blood relevant today? A halakhic primer

In the past, it was obligatory to check eggs when opening them, but today the situation is different: All eggs under supervision are not fertilized, So what is the halakha?, 7/4/2018, 1:00 PM

Rehabilitating the IDF Rabbinate

Recognition of the problem of the Chief Rabbi’s lack of authority will lead to the strengthening of his position. , 7/1/2018, 9:50 AM

Why I support the private kashrut initiative of Tzohar rabbis

A wide public stands behind the rabbis of Tzohar, and therefore it is fitting and even obligatory for them to have a kashrut system., 6/4/2018, 2:00 PM

Writing the laws of Kashrut

The thoughts and decisions behind the new volume of ‘Peninei Halakha’ dealing with kashrut The order in the new book differs from the order in the Shulchan Aruch: In Israel, the mitzvot dependent on the Land are once again the main laws. , 5/27/2018, 11:15 AM

A primer for Shavuot - Body and Soul.

Preparing from Shabbat to Yom tov and including the status of tourists, visitors and those who own an apartment in Israel regarding a one or two day holiday., 5/18/2018, 2:58 PM

Return our judges to the rule of the people

The enactment of the ‘override clause’ is only the beginning – a revolutionary change is needed to restrain the power of the legal establishment, 5/13/2018, 12:32 AM

Most important: Increase peace

The main purpose of mourning during the days of the Omer Counting is the honoring of Torah scholars from different circles. , 4/15/2018, 7:34 AM

A week of Torah and Joy

The purpose of Chol Hamoed is the study of Torah out of joy, rest from everyday work., 4/2/2018, 12:30 AM

Koshering for Passover made easy - teach it to your kids

You can do it with these simple rules for koshering your kitchen, the main place for Passover cleaning. If you have never done it, give it a try this year. Your kids will love it., 3/24/2018, 9:40 PM

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