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Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

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Return to the Fundamentals

The current war compels us to return to the fundamental position that the Land of Israel was given to the People of Israel by God. We must clarify to the world that this is not merely a conflict between neighbors, but Islam’s war against the People of Israel, and its Torah .

Return to the Fundamentals

Astrology and Jewish Law

For thousands of years, the wisdom of astronomy and the wisdom of astrology were intertwined, and the sages of the nations of the world believed in both.

Astrology and Jewish Law

In the Path of the Great Kohanim Pinchas and Matityahu

In the merit of Ilan Cohen’s heroic self-sacrifice, may his memory be a blessing, we will defeat our enemies

In the Path of the Great Kohanim Pinchas and Matityahu

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The parameters of the mitzvah of “Lo Takifu”

The mitzvah of “Lo Takifu” (not rounding the hairline) distinguishes the Jewish people through their hair, just as the mitzvah of circumcision distinguishes them through their bodies.

The parameters of the mitzvah of “Lo Takifu”

Rabbi Hayim David HaLevi – 26 Years since his passing

Rabbi Hayim David (1924-1988) supported the Zionist movement that dealt with the mitzvah of settling the Land and the mitzvah of fighting for the defense of the People and the Land.

Rabbi Hayim David HaLevi – 26 Years since his passing

Prisoner exchanges

If the families of the captives and their supporters had refrained from demonstrations and kept away from the media, the IDF would have already been more successful in breaking the enemy’s spirit.

Prisoner exchanges

The Four Cups of Freedom and the Joy of Redemption

Our Sages instituted the drinking of four cups of wine on the Seder night, so that joy and celebration would accompany all the stages of the Seder.

The Four Cups of Freedom and the Joy of Redemption

Laws of preparing for Pesach

Cosmetics, toothpaste, Passover wafers and cookies, eating quinoa - all the things you need to know for the holiday.

Laws of preparing for Pesach

Passover Laws and Customs

Laws about 'matza ashira' and medicines on Passover

Can one eat 'matza ashira,' matza with added ingredients such as fruit juice, on Passover? Can one take his usual medications?

Laws about 'matza ashira' and medicines on Passover

Passover Laws and Customs

Getting your kitchen ready for Pesach

There is a huge difference between cleaning the house for Pesach and cleaning the kitchen for Pesach. Read on.

Getting your kitchen ready for Pesach

The tribe of Levi – public servants

The Levites served in policing roles against criminals and deserting soldiers, and when necessary, they also joined the most elite combat units in the war itself.

The tribe of Levi – public servants

The Mitzvah to eradicate Amalek in our generation

In our generation, when there is no known Amalek, we must uphold the root of the mitzvah, which is to eradicate evil and wage uncompromising war, even when our merciful nature seeks peace

The Mitzvah to eradicate Amalek in our generation

In Memory of Reb Tuvia Katz z”l

As a youth in Argentina, my father-in-law Reb Tuvia Katz z”l stood out because of his leadership qualities. Upon immigrating to Israel, he drew dozens of young people in his wake.

In Memory of Reb Tuvia Katz z”l

“Jewish Tradition” – A monumental new book

“Jewish Tradition” is for everyone. For secular Jews, new baalei tshuva, and would-be converts, the book is like a mini encyclopedia. For others, it is enlightening because it explains Torat Eretz Yisrael.

“Jewish Tradition” – A monumental new book

Returning to our roots and growing

The harm done to the Jewish identity of the state, and to the value of settling the Land, played a part in the terrible crisis we find ourselves in. Only a return to our Jewish and national values, will get us back to growth.

Returning to our roots and growing

The importance of unity

Thanks to their unity, the People of Israel were able to receive the Torah.

The importance of unity

Be strong, and we will be strengthened

Our soldiers who died sanctifying God’s name merit elevation to the level of holiness of the entire Jewish people, and we will make every effort to be worthy of their sacrifice, and continue in their path.

Be strong, and we will be strengthened

The path to victory – complete Jewish unity

Even in times of spiritual hardship, when the Jewish people unite as one, God helps us defeat our enemies.

The path to victory – complete Jewish unity

Hope and Joy in times of war

The most reasonable solution for Gaza is encouraging the emigration of the residents. There is room for joy during this time, as long as we continue to remember our heroic soldiers, the fallen and kidnapped.

Hope and Joy in times of war

Having children after the horrific massacre

We must pray that we understand our role in a better world, and that families will bring many children into the world.

Having children after the horrific massacre

Is it permissible to protest against Heaven?

Martyrs' families may ask why their beloved was killed, but the nation as a whole cannot complain about the events of Simchat Torah

Is it permissible to protest against Heaven?

The Holy Ones and their families

​​​​​​​Anyone killed defending the nation and Land is holy. Soldiers who fell to build Zion and Jerusalem are themselves the consolation

The Holy Ones and their families

Hanukkah lessons for our time

In order for our victory over our enemies to be complete, we need a detailed practical path for its realization

Hanukkah lessons for our time

Hanukkah candle lighting remains for generations

In the miracle of the oil flask, the eternal virtue of the Torah was revealed.

Hanukkah candle lighting remains for generations

The commandment to serve in the army – saving Jewish lives

The commandment to conquer and defend the land overrides the preservation of individual lives.

The commandment to serve in the army – saving Jewish lives

The price of hostage/terrorist prisoner exchanges

Great efforts must be made to release captives, but it is forbidden to do so at the cost of endangering the lives of thousands of soldiers.

The price of hostage/terrorist prisoner exchanges

Islam and Israel

According to many Islamic scholars, every Muslim is obligated to fight for the destruction of the State of Israel.

Islam and Israel

Know your enemy

The mantra “Islam spread by the sword” is prescriptive. The only way to prevent war with the Muslims is to defeat them decisively.

Know your enemy

Banish the son of the handmaid

The more we contributed to the prosperity of our Arab neighbors, the sons of Ishmael, the more their war against us intensified

Banish the son of the handmaid

Strengthening the merit of Israel

The merit of our forefathers (zechut avot)is based on the education of our forefathers.Hostile non-Jews must leave our land.

Strengthening the merit of Israel

On redeeming captives

If we give in, terrorists will not worry about being caught, trusting that if in Israeli prisons, they will be freed in a prisoner exchange

On redeeming captives

By virtue of self-sacrifice

The destruction humanity brought upon itself that was wiped out in the Flood, resembles that created by Hamas in Gaza.

By virtue of self-sacrifice

The sanctity of war and its victims

War today must be like the heroism of King David's wars – with humility before God, but striving for total victory.

The sanctity of war and its victims

Obliterating the wicked In war

It is true moral bravery to erase from the world the haters of God and Israel.

Obliterating the wicked In war

Laws of Yom Kippur

Questions about fasting and medication, illness, headaches, pregnancy on the most solemn day of the Jewish year.

Laws of Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashannah that falls on Shabbat

When Rosh Hashannah falls on Shabbat, one should ideally complete the third Shabbat meal three hours before sunset.

Rosh Hashannah that falls on Shabbat

Last Testament of Rabbi Ben-Zion Uziel: Lessons for Generations

He represented the Torah and all Jewry with honor, great wisdom and modesty.

Last Testament of Rabbi Ben-Zion Uziel: Lessons for Generations

Community Rabbis without pay, and decent salaries for teachers

A community rabbi should ideally receive a salary, but he can teach Torah and serve free of charge. Kudos for teachers'.salary raise.

Community Rabbis without pay, and decent salaries for teachers

Is eating trans-fat prohibited?

Is trans-fat, which has been proven to be harmful and dangerous and has been banned in many countries, prohibited according to halakha?

Is eating trans-fat prohibited?

An alternative Knesset Bill:on Community Rabbinical leadership

Instead of the Minister of Religion appointing raibbis, we suggest a model of local rabbis elected by the public.

An alternative Knesset Bill:on Community Rabbinical leadership

How should a Rabbi be chosen?

According to the Torah, the public should have a key part in determining the character of the local judges and rabbis

How should a Rabbi be chosen?

On controversy, unity, and Tu B’Av

What characterizes a dispute for Heaven’s sake, and why in such a dispute, the position of the opposing party should not be rejected.

On controversy, unity, and Tu B’Av

Laws of the 10th of Av, and Continuing the Legal Reform

Despite the threats and harsh reactions from the Left, the legal reform legislation should be continued and completed.

Laws of the 10th of Av, and Continuing the Legal Reform

Customs of the Nine Days

Update to 2023: Example:During the nine days, it is customary to curtail the purchase of luxury products that evoke joy, even by Internet.

Customs of the Nine Days

The answer to our enemies – birth and aliyah

As long as there are not enough Jews in the Land of Israel, our enemies continue to live here, and murder us.

The answer to our enemies – birth and aliyah

Customs of the Three Weeks

Laws for a painful time that keep us focussed on what we lost and what we pray to recover.

Customs of the Three Weeks

Acts of kindness, and revealing the Divine Presence

​​​​​​​In acts of kindness to others there is an aspect of revelation of the Shekinah.

Acts of kindness, and revealing the Divine Presence

'Shemirat Shabbat Ke’Hilchata’ and the controversy it provoked

In his book ‘Shemirat Shabbat Ke’Hilchata’, Rabbi Neuwirth ztz”l, excelled in his precise work, and in consultations with professionals

'Shemirat Shabbat Ke’Hilchata’ and the controversy it provoked

Avoiding controversy, attitude towards Christians

Evil people tell lies, and see no good in those who disagree with them, encouraging conflict.

Avoiding controversy, attitude towards Christians

The Torah of Eretz Yisrael vs. the Torah of Chutz la’Aretz

The natural environment in the Land of Israel supports the observance of Torah; it does not depend on miracles and overcoming nature.

The Torah of Eretz Yisrael vs. the Torah of Chutz la’Aretz

The true scope of secularism in Israeli religious school alumni

The widely cited figures of graduates of the religious education system who become secular are inflated, and stand at less than 20%.

The true scope of secularism in Israeli religious school alumni

The Torah – a Global Moral Revolution

The Giving of the Torah to Israel rectified an entire world which was subject to slavery, incest, and injustice in law

The Torah – a Global Moral Revolution

Everything there is to know about Shavuot

The entire chapter of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's Peninei Halakha, the comprehensive compendium of Halakha, on Shavuot.

Everything there is to know about Shavuot

A natural blessing is preferable to a revealed miracle

As the reliance on miracles rose, calamities approached. Op-

A natural blessing is preferable to a revealed miracle

Advocacy instead of coercion

​​​​​​​There is an inherent conflict between the liberal and traditional-Jewish camps, between values of freedom, Judaism and conservatism.

Advocacy instead of coercion

The mitzva of IDF military service

What is the status of military service vs. Torah study? Both are essential for the nations' survival.

The mitzva of IDF military service

Zionism strengthened Judaism

The processes of secularization were a result of emancipation, and not of the Zionist movement. Judaism in Israel is much better than abroad

Zionism strengthened Judaism

Hallel with a Blessing on Yom Ha’atzmaut

It is a Torah-based mitzvah to celebrate days of salvation when Israel is saved from death,and so it is with Yom Ha'atzmaut .

Hallel with a Blessing on Yom Ha’atzmaut

Temple Mount:

Hundreds of Har Bracha residents visit holy site

Over two thousand Jews have visited the Temple Mount so far this Passover.

Hundreds of Har Bracha residents visit holy site

Wine's place in Jewish society and a lesson from the Exodus

What to do about the discovery that the elected leadership is stymied by leftist control of the scientific and economic establishment.

Wine's place in Jewish society and a lesson from the Exodus