Stringent Ashkenazi Customs on Passover: Quinoa et alThis article also deals with married women covering their hair.
Koshering the Kitchen for PassoverCleaning 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.
Conversion Requires Acceptance of MitzvahsThe 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.
When to Get MarriedAccording to Chazal, the age of marriage is eighteen, but no later than twenty. Is that applicable today?
The Mitzvah to Join the IDFThe 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.
Explaining Hesder - To OurselvesTorah issues made clear from the Rav of Har Bracha, the thriving yeshiva community in the Shomron.
The Role of a Rabbi TodayThe changes and challenges in a rabbi's role.
Ariel Sharon: Merits Turn to FailingsOur Sages said: We are judged according to the conclusion of our lives.
Connecting Men of Torah and Men of ActionThe more Torah one learns, the greater his obligation is to teach it to others.
The Best National Service for WomenThe rabbis who ruled categorically against women serving in the army were correct.
The Advancement of Women's Status in HalakhaThe status of women in halakhah reviewed and explained.
The Light of Hanukkah and TorahQuestions about lighting the Hanukkah candles and the connection between the holiday and the Oral Law.
Halakhic Marriage and Domestic PartnershipMarriage is a sacred concept, based on the longstanding foundations of halakha, and the state must not desecrate it by means of alternatives or ceremonies that are not faithful to this tradition.
Why Dress Modestly? Tell Them: It's the Rule!In Hebrew, the word is "kahka!" Meaning: No explanation needed, just do as I say.
Torah Study Funding: A HIstorical OverviewA straight historical line leads from ancient times to the present.
Judaism's Basic Law: Torah StudyThe Jewish nation must study Torah and that study must take place on three levels.
Realism in MitzvotTorah from the Yeshiva of Har Bracha in the heart of Israel.
Israel’s Vision Expressed in HakafotHow giving out honors in the synagogue can be a lesson in social responsibity.
Israel is in Need of VisionThe Wonder of Jewish Existence in Exile is Connected to the Vision of Redemption.
Prophecy About the Nations of the World on SukkotThe prophet Zachariah foretells that all the nations of the world will come to Jerusalem on Sukkot in the days of the Redemption. Thus, the holiday reaches out to the nations of the world.
Understanding SelichotThe origin of Selichot, the history and halakha involved in their recital.
Rosh Hashanah – Not the Only Day of JudgmentRabbi Natan said: “A man is judged every moment”. Rabbi Yochanan said: “Great is the power of repentance that it rescinds a man's final sentence."
Who are the Torah Giants (Gedolei haTorah)?They need not offer detailed plans for immediate implementation, but they must set a vision and offer direction.
It's All Happening at the ZooA visit to the zoo is a chance to experience the wonders of God's creation - and acknowledge that with the appropriate blessing.
Travel Guide: Blessings for Special SightsA halakhic way to put spirituality into your summer vacation.
Halakhic Advice and Guidance for Tisha B'AvAnswers to frequently asked questions about the fast. Thoughts to ponder.
The Great Democracies' DisgraceThe great democracies failed miserably in upholding their own principles when it came to saving Jews.
Summer Vacation Parenting ChallengesPermissive society and educational planning.
Who Leads the Hareidi Public?Dismissing the hareidi claim that “We are Still in Exile”.
The True Followers of the Chatam SoferA close look at the Chatam Sofer's beliefs, in response to a question from a skeptical hareidi reader.
Tremors that Cause EarthquakesThis article recounts and interprets a chapter of Israel’s history in the wilderness.
The Sweetness of Bnei MerariThree sons, three prototypes.
The Giving of the Torah In Heaven and on EarthAn explanation of the date of the Shavuot holiday.
Straight Talk on Torah, Army and the HareidimThere are good reasons for the issue coming to the fore now.
Reflections on IslamUnderstanding the West's most implacable enemy.
President Obama's MistakesPresident Obama came with good intentions, as a true friend. He wants the United States to stand side-by-side with Israel and ensure its security and existence. But he says things that might cause serious calamities.
A Song of Praise for Israel Independence DayOur joy and thanksgiving for Yom Ha'atzmaut remains firm.
The Holocaust: Our Own Flesh and Blood, Part IIThe question of Jewish identity changed completely after the Holocaust.
The Holocaust: Our Own Flesh and Blood, Part IWe have not yet reached the stage at which we can attempt to understand what happened.
Dedicate Half to G-dHow to divide up the days of yomtov.
Rejoicing on the Festivals - a CommandmentThe Torah knows the hearts of men - and women - and tells us how to provide the conditions for being happy on our holidays. Chag Sameach means just that!
The 2nd Day of Yom Tov in Israel: MUST READA must read for students from abroad in one-year programs in Israel as well as those coming to visit over the holiday. The laws are not the same.
Purim Laws: Rejoicing TogetherThe social and caring mitzvahs of Purim are detailed below. We must be certain that all Jews can rejoice on Purim.
Laws of the Fast of EstherThe Fast of Esther falls on Thursday this week.
Basic Laws in the Jewish StateThe time has come to deal with the issue of the Jewish character of the State of Israel, and to regulate the fundamental principles underlying the status-quo in legislation, now that close to 40 MK's are religiously observant.
The Problem With National ServiceNational Service is not the solution for hareidi enlistment. But this is a golden opportunity to correct problems in the IDF.
Election LessonsRabbi Melamed explains that the key to the election results is the issue of "equal sharing of the national burden", i.e. IDF or national service for all.
Israel's Political Left: Between Judaism and DemocracyWhen push comes to shove, Judaism takes a back seat in the Israeli courts.
"Honorable Men" - The IDF Top Brass Harpaz ScandalThe State Comptroller Report on the Harpaz Affair in the highest echelons of the Defense establishment showed how law and [following] 'orders' took the place of morals and values. Thank G-d for the IDF's idealistic soldiers and junior officers.