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Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

My Opinion has not Changed

Clearing up misunderstanding on the Ulpana houses issue., 7/9/2012, 11:02 PM

A Constructive Summer Vacation for Your Chldren

Good, sensible advice for parents anxious about the looming months of summer vacation., 7/1/2012, 4:39 PM

The Halakhic View on Home Demolitions in Israel

The 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., 6/26/2012, 2:46 PM

The Failure of Secular Zionism

Rabbi Kook feared that a lack of religious committment would adversely affect the state of Israel - and it has., 6/16/2012, 10:50 PM

The Jewish Way to Save

Giving charity and making do with what one has., 6/10/2012, 9:37 AM

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., 6/3/2012, 10:04 AM

Judaism's Attitude to Converts: Love Them!

The story of Ruth, perhaps the most famous convert of all time, is read on Shavuot. The Jews themselves became converts on Shavuot when they accepted the Torah. , 5/25/2012, 9:20 AM

The Economy is Doing Well - Thank G-d!

Advice on how to manage to give charity the way our forefathers did - and they had a much more spartan existence., 5/23/2012, 10:19 AM

Freedom from Materialism

Some 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., 5/12/2012, 9:30 PM

All About Lag Ba"Omer

Customs and explanations for them for Lag Ba'Omer, the Thirty-Third Day of the Omer Counting. , 5/3/2012, 11:54 AM

Lessening the Pangs of Redemption

Even without complete repentance the Redemption will come, because this is the purpose God designated for the world., 4/27/2012, 12:59 AM

Thank G-d For Our Redemption: For Yom Haatzmaut

We have a sacred obligation to thank and praise God for bestowing upon us His great favor, by allowing us to establish the State of Israel, gather in the exiles and settle the land., 4/19/2012, 12:11 PM

It's Hard to Trust Netanyahu and Barak on Iran

Serious reservations about the factors that may affect Netanyahu and Barak's positions on attacking Iran are explained by the writer., 3/25/2012, 11:18 PM

A Happy and Holy Purim

On 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., 3/3/2012, 11:25 PM

Amalek: War Against the Root of Evil

The 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., 2/28/2012, 11:17 AM

What Does "Glatt" Mean?

A clear explanation of the difference between kosher and glatt kosher meat., 2/19/2012, 2:54 PM

Man is Like a Tree

In what way does man resemble a tree? and what was the manna like?, 2/11/2012, 11:56 PM

The Sanctity of Human Life

Animals must be kept from suffering pain, but for humans, every day that a person lives has merit. , 2/5/2012, 1:00 PM

Equal Inheritance

Can one differentiate between children in one's will?, 1/29/2012, 2:11 AM

Remembering The Golden Era of the IDF Rabbinate

Rabbi Goren threatened to walk out of the IDF central seder if a woman sang. Moshe Dayan gave in. Today's IDF rabbinate is another story entirely., 1/21/2012, 9:09 PM

Military Orders that Contradict Jewish Law

An explanation of the different sides of the halakhah about women singing and how to deal with the issue in the IDF., 1/14/2012, 10:13 PM

The IDF Rabbinate Hits a New Low

Can the IDF rabbinate actually have said that IDF commands, as far as entertainment is concerned, are above all? , 1/6/2012, 10:57 AM

Gender Segregation on Buses is Not Jewish Law

Rabbi Melamed gives the religious Zionist rabbinic view on the issue of the day. , 12/30/2011, 12:30 AM

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. , 12/25/2011, 5:15 PM

Names With Roots

A new baby is a link in the family chain. Naming a baby for a grandparent strengthens it., 12/10/2011, 8:25 PM

1913: Rabbi Kook Leads Rabbis' Tour of the Moshavot

The 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"., 12/3/2011, 11:26 PM

The Importance of Modesty

Keeping 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., 11/19/2011, 8:11 PM

Sodom – Kingdom of Materialism

The destruction that befell Sodom expressed the true reality of people whose entire lives center around materialism., 11/12/2011, 7:21 PM

The Relation of Jews to non-Jews

Our task is to make G-d's deeds known among the nations, but how should we relate to other religions today?, 11/5/2011, 6:07 PM

Christians Who Love Israel

While 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., 9/9/2011, 1:38 AM

Freedom of Torah Study

Something good might have developed from the Left's attempt to portray the settlers as being cruel. This helps to deter our enemy., 9/3/2011, 10:28 PM

A Look at Tu B'Av

This Tu B'Av article includes a word to singles. , 8/14/2011, 12:35 AM

Street Protests and Sensible Economics

Protestors 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., 8/6/2011, 10:48 PM

Start from the Heart

A different, Jewish and Zionist to looking at the tent protests and the connection to settling the Land of Israel., 7/30/2011, 8:56 PM

Like Grains of Sand

Having 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., 7/28/2011, 7:58 PM

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., 7/10/2011, 11:22 PM

Rav Yisraeli - An Israeli Rabbi

Rav 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., 6/25/2011, 10:22 PM

In the Merit of 6 Houses

This inspiring article is by Rabbi Melammed and Rabbi Shlomi Badash., 6/17/2011, 3:04 PM

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., 6/10/2011, 5:56 AM

Like the Sands of the Sea

May 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.", 5/29/2011, 12:08 AM

Shoah: Our Own Flesh and Blood

The "why" of the Holocaust is not comprehensible, but aksing "for what purpose", what we can learn from the Holocaust, is answerable., 4/30/2011, 11:29 PM

Modesty on Seder Night

How to make your seder live up to the proper expectations., 4/13/2011, 2:00 PM

To My Brothers, the Settlers

The 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... , 3/20/2011, 7:54 AM

How Are Religious Leaders Made?

There is talk of unifying the religious Zionist and/or the religious parties in Israel. What are the issues involved?, 3/4/2011, 10:38 AM

Teaching in Order to Act

Interview with Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, from the Olam Katan newspaper, by Arnon Segal., 2/13/2011, 8:52 PM

MIshpatim: Crime and Punishment

The 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., 1/29/2011, 9:14 PM

Planting Trees in the Holy Land

Settling the Land can be done by planting trees and also by aiding its development., 1/20/2011, 12:12 AM

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." , 1/2/2011, 9:41 AM

A Courageous Rabbinate

Rabbi Melamed describes an independent and courageous rabbinate's appropriate approach towards Arabs and Jews., 12/19/2010, 10:01 PM

Chanukah:Halakha and Hashkafa II

Part 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., 12/5/2010, 10:48 AM

Rabbis and Politics

Do Rabbis have a role in expressing opinions of political issues--and what is it?, 11/27/2010, 11:55 PM

Go Up and Settle the Land

Our enemies are hesitant to initiate war against us if we are steadfast. , 11/18/2010, 9:59 PM

How to Build a Kosher Sukkah

Read 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., 9/22/2010, 2:14 AM

The Laws of Repentance

Elul is the month of repentance. With the end of the year fast approaching, the time to make a personal accounting has arrived. , 8/7/2010, 11:48 AM

Can Rabbis Work Miracles?

How should we view the practice some people have of approaching rabbis with requests for healing, miraculous remedies, and amulets?, 8/1/2010, 2:27 PM

The Prohibition Against Smoking

What does Jewish law have to say about smoking? Is it permissible or forbidden?, 6/25/2010, 9:53 AM

Judaism and the Beast

How 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., 6/24/2010, 2:29 PM