The Halakhic View on Home Demolitions in IsraelThe halakhic responsa is based on elucidating the parameters of Torah principles when juxtaposed with acceptance of the decisions of a governmental authority, a precept called Dina deMalchuta Dina.
Does Torah Study Override Army Service?A clear exposition of the controversial issue being debated as a new law is being drafted. Torah revitalizes our nation and is crucial for survival. But there are ways to serve if the army needs soldiers, and the army has to make this possible.
Freedom from MaterialismSome serious thinking should occur when a couple decides where and how to live. The right decision can affect finances and much more. Torah from Har Bracha in the Shomron.
All About Lag Ba"OmerCustoms and explanations for them for Lag Ba'Omer, the Thirty-Third Day of the Omer Counting.
A Happy and Holy PurimOn Purim, when we drink and take joy in the salvation of Hashem, the positive sides of drinking are revealed. Yet there are limitations on inebriation.
Amalek: War Against the Root of EvilThe obligation to kill every single Amalekite, only applies in a case where they refuse to accept the fundamental mitzvoth which the Torah places upon all of the Children of Noah. They were the first anti-Semites.
A Primer on the Hostile Media The media's exaggeration about what happened at the Ephraim IDF camp, which was meant to malign the 'settlers', is as serious as an outright lie.
Names With RootsA new baby is a link in the family chain. Naming a baby for a grandparent strengthens it.
1913: Rabbi Kook Leads Rabbis' Tour of the MoshavotThe story of the famous tour 1913 of ten renowned rabbis to visit and encourage the new farming communities in the Shomron and Galilee. Rabbi Kook: "That which is holy will become renewed and that which is new will become holy".
The Importance of ModestyKeeping the laws of modesty merits a great reward in both this world and the World to Come, and helps lead to establishing a Torah true family. Response to an Ulpana student.
Christians Who Love IsraelWhile many countries support the Arabs out of economic interests, or out of fear, or due to false beliefs, the Evangelicals are clearly on our side.
Freedom of Torah StudySomething good might have developed from the Left's attempt to portray the settlers as being cruel. This helps to deter our enemy.
Street Protests and Sensible EconomicsProtestors do not analyze the situation in a broader context, they want instant gratification. Judaism, however, has something to say about how a country's economics should be run.
Start from the HeartA different, Jewish and Zionist to looking at the tent protests and the connection to settling the Land of Israel.
Like Grains of SandHaving a family is a challenge that raises man above and beyond his short and limited life to the expanses of eternity. A good and happy life is not one in which man is concerned only about himself.
Be a Jew in the Workplace!The workplace can seem a total negation of everything a religious person has hitherto experienced. Here is a wise analysis and practical guide.
Rav Yisraeli - An Israeli RabbiRav Yisraeli zts"l was a halakhic expert on commandments that are kept in the land of israel, but he was also a wise spiritual leader.
Pirkei Avot: Learn or Work?Ethics of our Fathers, read on summer Sabbaths, is the starting point for a discussion of this dilemma, and the novel approach of the Har Bracha yeshiva is the conclusion.
Like the Sands of the SeaMay the words of the prophet from this week's 'Haftorah' be fulfilled (Hoshea 2:1): "... the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted."
Shoah: Our Own Flesh and BloodThe "why" of the Holocaust is not comprehensible, but aksing "for what purpose", what we can learn from the Holocaust, is answerable.
To My Brothers, the SettlersThe Jews who sacrificed their lives for Israel are holy, as it says to love G-d "with all your heart, with all your soul.." , even if he takes your soul...
MIshpatim: Crime and PunishmentThe court system in the Jewish State does not use the Torah legal system as a guide for most of its decisions. This has negative practical and legal ramifications.
Women and the Redemption"Her children rise and will express their thankfulness to her.. and make her fortunate; her husband – he praises her…Give her the fruit of her hand, and let her deeds praise her in the gates."
A Courageous RabbinateRabbi Melamed describes an independent and courageous rabbinate's appropriate approach towards Arabs and Jews.
Chanukah:Halakha and Hashkafa IIPart II: The Hasmonean victory is followed by troubles in the dynasty they formed. However, their original spiritual message remains bright. Also included: the laws of the holiday.
Rabbis and PoliticsDo Rabbis have a role in expressing opinions of political issues--and what is it?
How to Build a Kosher SukkahRead this before you finish building, check that you have done it right, and 'rejoice in your holiday', as G-d told us to do on Sukkot.
The Laws of RepentanceElul is the month of repentance. With the end of the year fast approaching, the time to make a personal accounting has arrived.
Can Rabbis Work Miracles?How should we view the practice some people have of approaching rabbis with requests for healing, miraculous remedies, and amulets?
Judaism and the BeastHow does the Torah relate to animals? How are human beings supposed to treat them? What are the ethical issues involved? Should we eat meat? Rabbi Eliezer Melamed explains this thorny issue.