Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Jewish legal system depends on Torah scholars

As long as we fail to develop a Jewish legal system suitable for a modern state, don’t blame the secular system., 12/19/2016, 1:41 PM

'Yefat Toar' and Morality

Accusing the Torah of supporting rape is like accusing a doctor of supporting illness., 12/5/2016, 7:46 PM

The implication of Ishmael's banishment for today

Israel, like Abraham and Sarah, also believed in the sons of Ishmael, but they abused our trust, 11/26/2016, 7:00 PM

The unwarranted uproar over railway work on Shabbat

In general, Shabbat is officially kept in the State of Israel. The police estimated that closure of the Ayalon Highway on a weekday would endanger lives., 9/6/2016, 9:38 PM

When Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat

One difference: The time from sunset on Shabbat until the end of Shabbat is an intermediate period of time when it is forbidden to eat, but on the other hand, noticeable signs of mourning are also prohibited. See the others below., 8/12/2016, 10:07 AM

Tyranny of the minority

The IDF is undergoing a process of value erosion, ​​expressed both in harm to Jewish values, and weakness against the enemy and its cause is the extreme secular culture, whose positions have greatly influenced the IDF top brass. , 8/3/2016, 11:19 PM

When appointing Judges, fear no man

Representatives of the Jewish Home party should stand firm on Torah principles, in opposition to the Haredi veto , 7/27/2016, 9:33 AM

Political lessons learned from the prohibition of mixing milk and meat

We do not know the ultimate reasons for mitzvot, but we certainly can search for the lessons they teach about our lives. The separation of meat and milk is a profound concept., 6/30/2016, 3:36 PM

Mourning during the period of Sefirat Haomer

What does the custom of mourning between Pesach and Shavuot entail?, 5/18/2016, 1:04 PM

The blessing said on the settlement of the land of Israel

In honor of the season of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim, it is appropriate to once again review the halakha’s of the blessing our Sages fixed over the mitzvah of ‘yishuv ha’aretz‘ – the settling and redemption of the Land of Israel., 5/14/2016, 10:42 PM

Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron

The children we bear and raise exist in their merit; the settlements we establish flourish because of them; the Torah we learn is theirs; the ethical Jewish society we want to build here, as the prophets foretold, is theirs as well. , 5/10/2016, 12:20 PM

Laws of Pesach: Koshering the kitchen

A complete primer that will guide you to a kosher Passover holiday., 4/17/2016, 11:59 AM

Women's central role in the Redemption

The Jewish women in Egypt teach us that there isn’t anything purer than love which is not dependent on material factors, and brings life to the world., 1/5/2016, 1:13 PM

Sanctifying God in life and death

In memory of my great grandfather, murdered by the Nazis., 11/8/2015, 8:17 PM

Israel's Sovereignty on the Temple Mount

Islam and Arabs respect the ruling power and accept its sovereignty, provided it demonstrates strength and authority. Take away the rights of ungrateful East Jerusalem Arabs., 11/1/2015, 8:20 AM

The Meaning of Shmini Atzeret

Why is there an extra holiday added on to the Sukkot holiday., 10/5/2015, 10:05 PM

Yom Kippur - A Day of Liberty

Afflicting the body and soul on Yom Kippur releases one from the shackles of the body and the material, and allows one to connect to the root of his soul., 9/20/2015, 11:22 PM

Rosh Hashana - Expressing the Acceptance of G-d's Kingdom

The central theme of Rosh Hashana should be part of our appearance and actions., 9/13/2015, 7:35 AM

Tisha B'Av on Motsaei Shabbat: A Primer

The transition from Shabbat to the Fast of Tisha B’Av * How to make havdalah when Tisha B'Av falls on Motzei Shabbat * The halakha for pregnant and nursing women when Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat, and is postponed to Sunday/, 7/24/2015, 8:01 AM

"Do Not Give Them a Resting Place in the Land"

Does the biblical prohibition in the title of the article contradict the application of heter mechira (selling land temporarily to a non-Jew during the shmitta year)., 5/31/2015, 8:10 AM

Holiness through Nature

Can we rely on the Torah’s promise of agricultural blessing in the sixth year nowadays?, 5/18/2015, 7:23 PM

Soaps and Cosmetics Kosher for Passover? (And a review of Pesach laws)

How to manage the cosmetics and medicines issue on Passover., 3/28/2015, 11:35 PM

Waking to the Call: Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael

If we had dedicated ourselves to redeveloping the Nation in Eretz Yisrael, then the resettlement of the Land, in accordance with the words of the Prophets, would have filled the hearts of our people with awe, and brought wanderers back to the fold., 3/16/2015, 10:36 AM

Oh, Freedom!

Why did the Torah allow the impoverished to be sold into slavery, instead of forcing the rich to support them? And how can we learn to deal with thieves from the Torah?, 2/16/2015, 8:27 AM

Successful Marriage at a Young Age

There are cogent reasons for not putting off marriage past the early twenties., 1/26/2015, 10:28 AM

Torah Guidelines for National Security

Collaboration between Torah scholars and men of action can enable proper security policy management guided by Torah., 12/23/2014, 12:17 PM

Inheriting the Land of Israel on the Temple Mount

Rabbi Melamed writes what late Religious Zionist leader Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook would have decided about the halakhic question of ascending the Temple Mount had he seen the political situation today., 11/24/2014, 9:29 PM

Halakha on Abortion of Fetuses with Severe Abormalities

A fetus is considered a living entity in regards to certain laws, but there is no penalty of death for taking its life. What do the rabbinical decisors say? , 10/26/2014, 3:59 PM

Judgment on the High Holidays

Why do the righteous sometimes suffer, and the wicked live the good life in this world?, 9/23/2014, 8:20 PM

Comfort for Childless Couples

Reading articles about the mitzvah to have children is agonizing for couples who have tried every medical option and remain childless. Words addressed to them., 8/18/2014, 9:23 AM

Jewish Laws of War

Leaders, experts, and pundits who led us astray– must now ask forgiveness from the Jewish nation, and leave the public scene for people more competent than themselves., 7/27/2014, 4:40 PM

Having Children: Understanding the Value of Life

Make sure to read to the end., 6/28/2014, 10:44 PM

At What Age Should Women Marry?

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Celebrating Yom Haatzmaut: Barbecue to Beit Medrash

The different levels of Yom Haatzmaut celebrations, customs and halakhic decisions., 5/5/2014, 5:17 PM