Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

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

Individual Atonement is Rooted in Communal Atonement

Atonement 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., 10/3/2014, 6:30 AM

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

Remembering Merkaz Harav Yeshiva on the Days of Awe

Praying with Torah luminaries leaves a powerful memory, carried through to yearly shofar blowing and Selikhot in Elul., 9/15/2014, 7:38 AM

Adoptive Parents

Note that there is information about the Shmitta year at the end of the article., 9/8/2014, 11:54 AM

An Enduring Name, Better than Sons and Daughters

Dealing with the reality of infertility, both emotionally and spiritually. , 8/31/2014, 12:46 AM

The Pain of Childlessness

When 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., 8/24/2014, 7:59 AM

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

Results of the War – An Interim Assessment

Assessing the war and the future., 8/10/2014, 8:37 AM

The Sin of the Spies - Today

The Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael) is not the problem of Jewish existence – the Land of Israel is the solution., 8/4/2014, 10:55 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

A Time for National Soul-Searchng

The Three Weeks is a time for studying the logic of Torah Policy, especially relevant during the war against Hamas., 7/20/2014, 10:52 AM

Breaching the Walls of Jerusalem: Arab Hatred

The 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. , 7/11/2014, 11:36 PM

The Families: Beautiful and Dignified in Grief

Three families, united in sorrow, represented all of us., 7/6/2014, 6:55 AM

Having Children: Understanding the Value of Life

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

Our Hearts Are With the Families of Our Three Boys

Weekly in depth analysis of current issues from the perspective of Torah and love for the land of Israel and its people., 6/22/2014, 8:02 PM

Be Patient, Time is on Our Side

There is controversy in Israel about accepting money from Evangelical sources. , 6/14/2014, 8:58 PM

The Torah Given in Heaven and Earth

Pesach, Shavuot and between them, the Counting of the Omer form a symbolic continuum., 6/2/2014, 6:30 AM

Vegetarianism for Moral Reasons

The census in Bamidbar; moral vegetarianism. , 5/26/2014, 12:15 PM

Families Blessed With Many Children

At the recent Independence Day ceremonies, women lit the 14 torches, but only women whose accomplishments were outside the home were chosen. , 5/17/2014, 10:18 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

Setting the Tone for Holocaust Remembrance Day

The last will and testament of the millions of murdered victims., 4/26/2014, 11:24 PM

Stringent Ashkenazi Customs on Passover: Quinoa et al

This article also deals with married women covering their hair., 4/13/2014, 1:33 AM

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., 4/10/2014, 7:08 AM

Conversion Requires Acceptance of Mitzvahs

The format of conversion courts should be determined with the consent of the majority of rabbis, and via the Chief Rabbinate. A thorough exposition of the issue that is currently the subject of public, Knesset and media debate., 3/30/2014, 6:53 PM

When to Get Married

According to Chazal, the age of marriage is eighteen, but no later than twenty. Is that applicable today?, 3/27/2014, 10:04 AM

The Mitzvah to Join the IDF

The two mitzvoth fulfilled by enlisting in the army are the mitzvah of fighting a war to assist Israel from an attacking enemy, and the mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel. , 3/10/2014, 9:35 PM

Explaining Hesder - To Ourselves

Torah issues made clear from the Rav of Har Bracha, the thriving yeshiva community in the Shomron., 3/2/2014, 4:35 PM

Hesder Yeshivas

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