Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

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

Azariya and the hypocrisy of political correctness

The second part of this column deals with matters of health and nutrition., 1/14/2017, 11:07 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

A primer on the laws of Hanukkah

Everything you need to know to have a halakhically-correct Hanukkah. Happy holiday!, 12/25/2016, 5:46 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

The chief culprit is the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is today’s most harmful factor affecting the Jewish state and its values. Concerning Amona, the courts favored the petitioners over the Jewish residents, only because they are Arabs. , 12/11/2016, 2:22 AM

'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

When Rabbi Goren demanded an Honor Guard

Rabbi Shlomo Goren, whose yahrzeit is this week, served as an example of a rabbi who imposed authority and made it clear that in a conflict between an officer's command and halakha, if 'pikuach nefesh' is not involved, the order should be refused. , 11/20/2016, 8:10 PM

Can the IDF Chief Rabbi be a halakhic decisor?

The IDF General Staff continues to erode Jewish tradition and those who abide by it. Since army rabbis are subject to their superiors, they do not have the authority of ‘mara d’atra’ (local rabbinic authority). , 11/8/2016, 12:23 PM

How to be happy on the Sukkot holiday

The Torah commands us to be happy on Sukkot - how do we do that?, 10/15/2016, 11:24 PM

Fasting on Yom Kippur

A “regular” sick person, whose whole body is ill but whose life is not in danger, is obligated to fast but may take pills that have no taste. A gravely ill person is obligated to eat. A religiously observant doctor should be asked when in doubt., 10/9/2016, 8:17 AM

Laws of Shofar, blessings - and glad tidings

Laws and customs on hearing shofar blasts; the prohibition of preparing from the first day of Rosh Hashanah to the second day; candles on the second night; order of blessings over the ‘simanim’; God’s blessing: growth of the communities in Judea and Samaria, 10/1/2016, 9:49 PM

Rabbi Shaar Yashuv, of Blessed Memory

The life of the venerable Chief Rabbi of Haifa, who passed away last week., 9/17/2016, 8:51 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

Mixtures of considerations and beliefs

The laws of 'issur v'heter' teach us that even things that are inherently good, may be forbidden if they are mixed together., 8/29/2016, 11:12 AM

Blessing on viewing the Olympics

A person impressed by athletes and their accomplishments should acknowledge the source of their strength., 8/20/2016, 10:19 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

Laws of the Nine Days

Joyous events are forbidden during the Nine Days, but study tours and seminars are permitted. In Israel today, the prohibition of bathing during the Nine Days is not applicable. A primer., 8/6/2016, 10:05 PM

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

Custody in early chlldhood

When children automatically remain with the mother and the father must pay their child support, it’s no wonder that almost 90% of divorce cases are initiated by women, 7/20/2016, 6:28 AM

No to soldiers' bodies for terrorists

A person’s essence is his soul and not his body, and the souls of fallen IDF soldiers are certainly among the righteous, as is Moses, whose burial place is unknown., 7/12/2016, 8:13 AM

Muslims and "political correctness"

No matter who is at fault, the Jews are punished - in the name of "politically correct" dialogue and talk about human rights., 7/2/2016, 10:00 PM

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

The deep significance of the prohibition to mix milk and meat

Different levels should not be mixed. A person who goes to an ordinary rabbi in order to receive guidance in significant matters, is comparable to one who mixes milk and meat, rendering the entire mixture forbidden for eating or for benefit., 6/19/2016, 7:26 AM