The History of the Heter MechiraThe 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.
When Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Taught HalakhaPart 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
Spiritual and Material Joy: A Shavuot PrimerThe 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.
The Mitzvah of Settling the Land of IsraelGranted, we are not yet in control of the entire Land, and we are partially dependent on the nations of the world, but we are actually fulfilling, once again, the mitzvah of Yishuv HaAretz.
Waking to the Call: Aliyah to Eretz YisraelIf 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.
Rabbi Goren and the Temple MountThe 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.
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?
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.
Uproot Terrorism from its Islamic SourceWestern 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?
The Torah's Way in Social WelfareThe 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.
Managing a Home Below the Poverty LineThe recent poverty 'report' was intended to help the Left in the election campaign. In 2013 there was a significant decrease in the number of poor. The worrisome statistics in the report mainly reflect the situation in the Arab and Haredi sectors.
Light the Hanukah Candles TogetherAccording to the Sephardic minhag where the head of the household lights the Hanukah candles, can children also light with a bracha? Is it better to light the candles on time, or wait for a delayed spouse?
At What Age Should One Marry in Our TimesTorah 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?
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.
Inheriting the Land of Israel on the Temple MountRabbi 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.
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.
The Laws of 'Brit Milah'This first commandment to the Jewish People symbolizes the history of the chosen nation - and much more.
Thoughts on SukkotSukkot is a time for Jewish unity and, in the future, for all nations of the world to come to Zion.
Individual Atonement is Rooted in Communal AtonementAtonement on Yom Kippur emanates from the brit (covenant) of love which God made with our forefathers. Fasting on Yom Kippur releases the soul from its material bondage and desires, revealing its true, good aspirations.
Adoptive ParentsNote that there is information about the Shmitta year at the end of the article.
The Pain of ChildlessnessWhen a childless couple overcomes their sadness and unites with devotion and passion, they become partners in bringing down souls to the world, giving them sparks of soul from their union.
Comfort for Childless CouplesReading articles about the mitzvah to have children is agonizing for couples who have tried every medical option and remain childless. Words addressed to them.
Jewish Laws of WarLeaders, 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.
Breaching the Walls of Jerusalem: Arab HatredThe murder of the boy from Shu’afat is just an excuse for the outbreak of Arabs’ hatred towards Jews and the State of Israel and the Arabs learned most of their fraudulent claims from the Israeli left.
Families Blessed With Many ChildrenAt the recent Independence Day ceremonies, women lit the 14 torches, but only women whose accomplishments were outside the home were chosen.
Koshering the Kitchen for Passover Cleaning the kitchen for Pesach (Passover) should be done more carefully than cleaning the house, to ensure that not even a small crumb of chametz (leavened food) remains. Added links: OU guides to Passover and medications.