Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

Meat and Milk: a halakhic primer

This week's Torah reading has one of the three times the prohibition of mixing meat and milk is mentioned, once of the basics of a Jewish home. What are its ramifications?, 2/6/2016, 9:26 PM

Holiness endures forever: On Dafna Meir Hy"d

Look at the difference between the Jewish nation and its enemies! Their "martyrs" are despicable murderers, destroyers of the world; our martyrs – a compassionate nurse, engaged in settling Eretz Yisrael and tikun olam.  Tu B'shvat lessons. , 1/25/2016, 11:30 AM

Unauthorized building harms the movement to settle Judea and Samaria

A small group is ruining it for the rest of us., 1/17/2016, 2:26 PM

Defining the difference between good and bad

Hilltop youth at-risk should be given the best possible remedial attention from teachers and social workers, in cooperation with their parents.  , 1/10/2016, 7:13 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

Redeeming Jewish captives, protecting wounded terrorists

A halakhic analysis of two dilemmas with which Israel has to contend., 12/28/2015, 7:59 AM

Israel, the West and Islam

Anyone wishing for peaceful and calm relations with Muslims must avoid displaying any desire for peace, or any talk of it, because peace with non-Muslims contradicts their beliefs., 12/24/2015, 8:10 AM

The Tenth of Tevet

There are three aspects to this fast. All should lead to action in addition to fasting., 12/18/2015, 6:30 AM

Hanukkah - the festival that celebrates education

The Hebrew root of the Hanukkah is "hinuch", education - and that is not a coincidence. On educational authority, Hellenism, post-modernity and values., 12/14/2015, 5:36 AM

A Hanukkah lighting primer

All you need to know., 12/7/2015, 6:50 PM

A Minimum of Six Hours

Studying Torah on Shabbat., 11/15/2015, 11:08 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

Should Israel go for a decisive or partial victory?

The government is too weak to pursue a decisive victory, but the fortitude of the public may lead to a partial one. And demographics are on our side., 10/25/2015, 9:00 PM

Coping with terrorism through faith

Terrorism tries to sow panic and cause the public to give up. Israelis are finished with delusions of peace, so terrorism will not achieve its goal, but a rational, gradual, and realistic means of teaching the Torah view must be proposed., 10/20/2015, 6:40 PM

The Death of the Righteous

The leaders in building the country in our times are those who cling more firmly to the Torah. They also cling to the frontlines of settlement in the Land of Israel., 10/11/2015, 1:19 AM

The Meaning of Shmini Atzeret

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

Together in the Sukkah

The mitzvah of joy on Sukkot includes not only family members, but also the poor and lonely. A primer for the holiday., 9/27/2015, 7:20 AM

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

Understanding Selichot

All about the custom of reciting Selichot for the Salvation of the Clal , 9/8/2015, 3:30 PM

Monetary Torah Laws at the Close of the Shmitta Year

What is shimittat ksafim, when does it apply and what is the pruzbul?, 8/31/2015, 2:29 PM

'Rabbi Kook: Halakha and the Rabbinate

The iconic first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel had a unique way of approaching the Rabbinate and halakhic determinations. , 8/22/2015, 10:41 PM

Far More than 13 Million

How you count the Jews makes all the difference., 8/10/2015, 12:53 AM

Time to Drain the Swamp

We have to make our vision clear., 8/3/2015, 6:07 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

When Av Arrives, We Curtail Our Joy - but How?

A careful elucidation of the various expressions of ‘curtailing our joy’ - what is allowed and what is not., 7/19/2015, 11:26 AM

Rabbi Riskin and Christian-Jewish Relations

Response to the slander of Rabbi Riskin because of his YouTube video in English. Rabbi Riskin took upon himself the sacred mission of bringing non-Jews closer to understanding the Jewish faith. , 7/12/2015, 11:25 AM

How Should Natural Gas Profits be Divided? The Torah View

The principle set by the Torah: A person is entitled to enjoy the fruits of his own hard work, but natural resources and means of production should be shared equally., 7/5/2015, 8:31 AM

The Haredi Boycott of Heter Mechira Fruits is Unsustainable

The only logical explanation for the fierceness of haredi opposition to the heter mechira is that they associate it with Zionism,, 6/28/2015, 6:39 PM

The History of the Heter Mechira

The heter mechira came about in the first shmitta year, 5649 (1888), after thousands of years in exile. Some opposing poskim changed their positions when they saw how urgent the situation was. Anti-Zionism caused more opposition., 6/23/2015, 7:22 AM

When Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Taught Halakha

Part I: Longing for the halakha classes of our mentor, Rishon Lezion Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu. A sample on shmitta. Part 2:The failure of IDF commanders in the pork-eating affair, 6/16/2015, 10:24 PM

On the Rabbi Riskin Saga: Don’t Disqualify the Torah Scroll

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is a man who raised himself from poverty to dedicate his life to Torah and more - differences in philosophical or even halakhic approaches should not be used to disqualify one rabbi or another., 6/5/2015, 10:49 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

Spiritual and Material Joy: A Shavuot Primer

The joy of the Shavuot holiday is both spiritual and material. A true enjoyment of the holiday this year entails knowing how to go from Sabbath observance into yomtov, in addition to the laws of the yomtov itself., 5/21/2015, 5:35 PM

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

Counting the Omer: Ascending from Nationalism to Spirituality

By counting the Omer, we gradually elevate ourselves in two ways., 5/3/2015, 11:28 PM

Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) for the Fallen Soldiers of the IDF

Everything we have today is due to their sacrifice for the Jewish people., 4/22/2015, 11:38 AM

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

Rabbi Goren and the Temple Mount

The controversy with the Wakf is a nationalistic issue, but there is also an halakhic issue on which rabbis disagree. The late Chief Rabbi Goren tried to arrange a mass prayer on the Mount in 1967 and was stopped by the government., 3/15/2015, 1:00 PM

The Solution to the Housing Crisis Lies in Samaria

The housing crisis has a clear solution., 3/8/2015, 6:46 PM

Homosexuality: The Malady of Our Generation

Many people are afraid to express the position of the Torah on this issue, and give in to the power of today's liberal paganism. , 3/2/2015, 10:52 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

How Binding is Minhag?

Should a person continue praying in the traditional style of his fathers’, or can he change? Educate children about the importance of marriage, and don’t stress the problems., 2/2/2015, 12:09 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

Uproot Terrorism from its Islamic Source

Western intellectuals ignore the human longing for a life filled with faith, content, and idealism that leads people to religion. And on the other hand, will Europe be able to free itself from anti-Semitism?, 1/18/2015, 5:11 PM

The Torah's Way in Social Welfare

The leftist theory: State and society are to blame for the situation of the poor.The Torah view: Responsibility rests first and foremost on the person himself, and only when he cannot take care of himself are we obligated to assist him. , 1/12/2015, 12:00 PM

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

At What Age Should One Marry in Our Times

Torah studies and acquiring a profession take longer, so how does this affect the obligation to get married by a certain age? What about postponing having a family after marriage? , 12/7/2014, 10:33 PM

Did the Rabbis Invent a Prohibition?

It is a mitzvah to marry by the age of twenty and no later than twenty-four Postponing pregnancy is similar to postponing circumcision to the ninth day. , 12/1/2014, 10:04 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

Break Free from Materialism!

The inhabitants of Sodom worshiped material wealth, and anyone who gave charity to the poor was considered a heretic The pursuit of materialism is never satisfied., 11/10/2014, 8:29 AM

The Laws of 'Brit Milah'

This first commandment to the Jewish People symbolizes the history of the chosen nation - and much more. , 11/3/2014, 10:28 AM

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

Thoughts on Sukkot

Sukkot is a time for Jewish unity and, in the future, for all nations of the world to come to Zion., 10/8/2014, 3:32 PM