Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

Soap and Kashering utensils: Answers to responses

Since it was claimed here three weeks ago the fact that nowadays utensils do not absorb and emit tastes is due to the invention of soap, and involves halakhic implications – I received numerous comments., 8/18/2019, 10:44 PM

Laws for postponed Tisha B'Av

On Shabbat, mourning should not be expressed, but from sunset, activities which are not necessary on Shabbat should be avoided – we remain in our Shabbat clothes, but we do not eat. , 8/9/2019, 5:19 PM

Jabotinsky – Vision, dedication, and faith

Ze'ev Jabotinsky's brilliance led him to positions that differed from those of his fellow Zionists, who then attacked him harshly. His prescience was proven years later – often, too late., 8/4/2019, 6:10 AM

Have the laws of Kashrut changed?

The halakha does not change, but it seems that the invention of soap changed reality. All the foundations of hilchot keilim remain in place, and only in laws that actually depend on absorption of flavor, has the law changed.  , 7/27/2019, 11:07 PM

The Temple – A model for Religious Zionism

The Temple structure represents the central values ​​of the Torah, which are reflected in Religious Zionism., 7/15/2019, 6:11 PM

Leaving a wedding early

Is leaving a wedding before the end a halakhic issue?, 7/8/2019, 9:56 AM

Keeping kosher: How to separate meat and dairy

What does keeping kosher entail? It is easier than you think. A primer for the kosher home., 6/30/2019, 10:00 AM

Eretz Yisrael – The Focal Point of Torah

Anyone  observing the plain sense of this week's Torah portion (this past Shabbat in Israel and the coming Shabbat in the Diaspora) cannot fail to notice the central place of the Land of Israel., 6/23/2019, 12:20 PM

Can we drink wine touched by someone who desecrates Shabbat in public?

Due to the severity of the desecration of Shabbat, it was ruled that wine touched by a public desecrator of Shabbat is forbidden, but society has changed, creating a situation in which this does not indicate a break with Jewish identity., 6/18/2019, 9:27 AM

Shavuot - Complete joy

The joy of Matan Torah is expressed both in the study of Torah, and in a sumptuous meal. What to do if you live abroad and are in Israel for the holiday? Or if you are an Israeli living abroad?, 6/9/2019, 11:31 PM

Births - a blessing for the family and nation

The Torah’s way of taking a census conveys an appreciation for man created in the image of G-d, while having a large family includes all the blessings and mitzvot ., 6/3/2019, 9:04 AM

Lag Ba'Omer and weddings

There are differences of customs among the different communities. , 5/20/2019, 11:34 PM

A high brithrate is what builds our country

In the days of Joshua, the Nation of Israel found it difficult to inherit the land because of a lack of people • Today as well, if we raise the birthrate, the State of Israel’s situation will improve immeasurably., 5/12/2019, 9:07 AM

The Holocaust: Our own flesh and blood

As a result of the Holocaust, a revolution in Jewish consciousness was affected, and every Jew, no matter where he was, began to clarify who we are as a people and what our purpose is. , 4/30/2019, 2:54 PM

 Freedom from fashion and materialism

To this day courage is required to free oneself from enslavement to materialism and not to submit to the dictates of society., 4/19/2019, 4:00 PM

The selling of chametz

Since it is possible to sell chametz in situations of uncertainty, many halakhic questions can be avoided * According to halakha, chametz that was sold is permitted to be eaten after Pesach., 4/14/2019, 6:50 AM

The practical Halakha of tiny insects

Do the normal actions required to remove insects, but not in a manner that causes considerable inconvenience or expense., 4/8/2019, 2:43 PM

The halakhic controversy over tiny insects

In terms of preserving tradition, it is preferable not to require more rigorous examinations than in the past, however, from the perspective of emerging reality, there is room to say that due to technology, today we are more aware of tiny vermin., 3/31/2019, 12:42 PM

Does flour need to be sifted?

The question of whether flour which might contain insects needs to be sifted is subject to dispute – in practice, the poskim instructed flour should be sifted., 3/28/2019, 7:40 AM

Make others happy - even with fewer Mishloach Manot; Amalek and racism

he tendency to send as many Mishloach Manot as possible and participate with as many friends as possible in the Purim seudah, stems from a positive desire to create and strengthen relationships but there are other ways to do that., 3/17/2019, 9:51 AM

Should we worry about demons and evil spirits?

Today, when most people possess an intellectual consciousness, one who wishes to observe the custom of his forefathers is entitled, but the public should not be warned against dangers that supersede logic, unless they have moral reasons, 3/10/2019, 7:57 AM

Why do some people find it difficult to pray?

Difficulty in concentrating on prayers is nothing new, but today there are two new factors making it even more difficult: intellectual progress that makes it difficult to read a fixed text, and electronic media that habituates us to distractions , 3/3/2019, 6:13 PM

Does prayer need a change?

Today, many people find prayer difficult – it’s hard to concentrate, prayers seem to them to be irrelevant, and they are too long. The difficulties raise serious questions: Is there a discrepancy between prayer and our everyday lives? , 2/24/2019, 7:01 AM

Kosher milk and honey

All about the two foods for which our country, Israel, is praised – a land flowing with milk and honey., 2/17/2019, 8:06 AM

When do we follow minhag?

In disputes between ethnic minhagim, the ethnic minhag itself is not the sole consideration, but also minhag ha’makom, local practice. In Israeli society today, minhagim that are infrequently practiced lose their validity. , 2/10/2019, 1:16 PM

May a foreign caregiver cook for a Jew?

The prohibition of bishulei goyim also applies to foreign caregivers of the elderly and the sick., 2/3/2019, 8:30 PM

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