Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

Israel's increased birthrate: A demographic crisis in the making?

Israel’s population is growing at a welcome rate, but there is no room for horror forecasts of resource scarcity . The Jewish nation constitutes only 0.15% of the world’s population – we are in existential danger, and must grow., 1/26/2020, 1:59 PM

Claims against IDF service

Yeshivas are not closed because some rabbis were suspected of improper conduct, and specific transgressions in the IDF do not override the monumental mitzvah of serving in the army. , 1/19/2020, 7:40 AM

Tzizit on a synthetic garment

Poskim were divided regarding the question whether a synthetic garment requires tzitzit, and if a bracha should be recited over such tzitzit., 1/13/2020, 7:45 AM

Being hosted by a non-observant Jew

While one may eat the food of a 'Traditional' Jewish host based on the five specific halakhic questions mentioned in previous columns, this does not apply to a host who does not keep kosher. , 1/6/2020, 12:38 AM

The pure flask of oil and Segulat Yisrael

The segulah of the Jewish Nation was revealed throughout the ages, beginning with our forefathers, in selfless concern and contribution to others' welfare., 12/29/2019, 8:16 AM

Between Yeshiva Students and the Tribe of Levi

One of the claims in the issue of recruitment of yeshiva students to the IDF is that according to Rambam, anyone who wants can be like a member of the Tribe of Levi, who did not participate in wars. But that entails definite responsibilities., 12/21/2019, 9:59 PM

Must Yeshiva sudents enlist?

We need people who will postpone their recruitment in order to grow in Torah and become Torah scholars, but the majority of yeshiva students will not be rabbis, and those must fulfill the great mitzvah to enlist in the army., 12/15/2019, 9:23 AM

Relying on the kashrut of "traditional" Jews

An observant Jew can eat in the house of someone who does not observe Shabbat but is reliable, says he keeps kosher and is careful to separate meat and milk - but first he must be sure to ask five questions, as brought below., 12/9/2019, 9:16 AM

Bringing Kashrut issues to every home

The laws of kashrut should be clear to everyone, both in order to avoid frequent doubts, and because knowledge of Torah elevates man., 12/1/2019, 8:32 PM

Relying on the kashrut of a host, part II

A clarification of last week’s article: In clear and firm minhagim practiced in entire communities, one should be machmir even when hosted by someone who does not hold by that minhag., 11/25/2019, 6:30 AM

Observe stringent kashrut, but not at the expense of your host

A person who eats only Mehadrin and is hosted by a someone who keeps standard kashrut – should eat what the host serves him except for certain ethnic custms such as kitniyot on Pesach., 11/17/2019, 10:21 PM

The difference between standard and mehadrin Kashrut

It is appropriate for those choosing to enhance their level of kashrut to prefer rabbinates or kashrut bodies that respect their competition, and do not slander other kashrut certifications., 11/11/2019, 10:41 AM

Relying on Kashrut Supervision

Since people have a financial reason to cheat, supervision is required for food products. In both the Rabbinate and Badatz kashrut organizations, there are problems requiring improvement, but on the whole, the level of kashrut in Israel is good. , 11/4/2019, 11:41 AM

All together now - On Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

There is more to Sukkot's message than meets the eye., 10/20/2019, 10:18 AM

I invite poor, lonely Ushpizin to my sukkah meals.

The Ushpizin (guests) in the Sukkah are first and foremost the poor and lonely, as well as new immigrants, and it is a mitzvah to invite them to a meal on Chag. Anyone who invites such guests merits hosting the exalted Ushpizin, the righteous souls., 10/15/2019, 3:36 PM

The secret of atonement on Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur, the everlasting covenant between God and Israel, independent of our deeds and continuing despite our sins, is revealed., 10/5/2019, 10:56 PM

For what is man judged?

Alongside the judgement of Clal Yisrael, which is the central point of the High Holidays, every single individual is also judged., 9/28/2019, 9:31 PM

Hashem's blessing to the nation in this world

The reward and punishments in the Torah are for the entire nation, and are meant to be fulfilled in this world. That is self-fulfiling:A nation that lives a Torah and faith-based life is wiser, invests more, has more families, and is more successful., 9/22/2019, 1:57 PM

Why does food need kosher supervision?

Loyalty to eating kosher is not applicable in the business world, where there is concern people will cheat to make money and the list of ingredients shown on a product wrapper does not indicate its kashrut either. A must read., 9/15/2019, 8:11 AM

The secret of Rabbi Kook’s greatness

Why the light in his house was on until late at night, what Agnon said about Rav Kook after studying with him for nine straight hours, and what would have happened if his seminal book “Orot HaTeshuva” had been translated into English, 9/8/2019, 12:17 PM

Shechitah, the prohibition to consume blood, and koshering meat

The prohibition of eating blood applies to cattle, beasts, and fowl, but not to less developed species such as fish. The different ways of kashering meat and the need for kashrut supervision even in vegetarian restaurants., 9/1/2019, 8:18 AM

Soap and Kashering utensils: Answers to responses

Since it was claimed here three weeks ago the fact that nowadays utensils do not absorb and emit tastes is due to the invention of soap, and involves halakhic implications – I received numerous comments., 8/18/2019, 10:44 PM

Laws for postponed Tisha B'Av

On Shabbat, mourning should not be expressed, but from sunset, activities which are not necessary on Shabbat should be avoided – we remain in our Shabbat clothes, but we do not eat. , 8/9/2019, 5:19 PM

Jabotinsky – Vision, dedication, and faith

Ze'ev Jabotinsky's brilliance led him to positions that differed from those of his fellow Zionists, who then attacked him harshly. His prescience was proven years later – often, too late., 8/4/2019, 6:10 AM

Have the laws of Kashrut changed?

The halakha does not change, but it seems that the invention of soap changed reality. All the foundations of hilchot keilim remain in place, and only in laws that actually depend on absorption of flavor, has the law changed.  , 7/27/2019, 11:07 PM

The Temple – A model for Religious Zionism

The Temple structure represents the central values ​​of the Torah, which are reflected in Religious Zionism., 7/15/2019, 6:11 PM

Leaving a wedding early

Is leaving a wedding before the end a halakhic issue?, 7/8/2019, 9:56 AM

Keeping kosher: How to separate meat and dairy

What does keeping kosher entail? It is easier than you think. A primer for the kosher home., 6/30/2019, 10:00 AM

Eretz Yisrael – The Focal Point of Torah

Anyone  observing the plain sense of this week's Torah portion (this past Shabbat in Israel and the coming Shabbat in the Diaspora) cannot fail to notice the central place of the Land of Israel., 6/23/2019, 12:20 PM

Can we drink wine touched by someone who desecrates Shabbat in public?

Due to the severity of the desecration of Shabbat, it was ruled that wine touched by a public desecrator of Shabbat is forbidden, but society has changed, creating a situation in which this does not indicate a break with Jewish identity., 6/18/2019, 9:27 AM

Shavuot - Complete joy

The joy of Matan Torah is expressed both in the study of Torah, and in a sumptuous meal. What to do if you live abroad and are in Israel for the holiday? Or if you are an Israeli living abroad?, 6/9/2019, 11:31 PM

Births - a blessing for the family and nation

The Torah’s way of taking a census conveys an appreciation for man created in the image of G-d, while having a large family includes all the blessings and mitzvot ., 6/3/2019, 9:04 AM

Lag Ba'Omer and weddings

There are differences of customs among the different communities. , 5/20/2019, 11:34 PM

A high brithrate is what builds our country

In the days of Joshua, the Nation of Israel found it difficult to inherit the land because of a lack of people • Today as well, if we raise the birthrate, the State of Israel’s situation will improve immeasurably., 5/12/2019, 9:07 AM

The Holocaust: Our own flesh and blood

As a result of the Holocaust, a revolution in Jewish consciousness was affected, and every Jew, no matter where he was, began to clarify who we are as a people and what our purpose is. , 4/30/2019, 2:54 PM

 Freedom from fashion and materialism

To this day courage is required to free oneself from enslavement to materialism and not to submit to the dictates of society., 4/19/2019, 4:00 PM

The selling of chametz

Since it is possible to sell chametz in situations of uncertainty, many halakhic questions can be avoided * According to halakha, chametz that was sold is permitted to be eaten after Pesach., 4/14/2019, 6:50 AM

The practical Halakha of tiny insects

Do the normal actions required to remove insects, but not in a manner that causes considerable inconvenience or expense., 4/8/2019, 2:43 PM

The halakhic controversy over tiny insects

In terms of preserving tradition, it is preferable not to require more rigorous examinations than in the past, however, from the perspective of emerging reality, there is room to say that due to technology, today we are more aware of tiny vermin., 3/31/2019, 12:42 PM

Does flour need to be sifted?

The question of whether flour which might contain insects needs to be sifted is subject to dispute – in practice, the poskim instructed flour should be sifted., 3/28/2019, 7:40 AM

Make others happy - even with fewer Mishloach Manot; Amalek and racism

he tendency to send as many Mishloach Manot as possible and participate with as many friends as possible in the Purim seudah, stems from a positive desire to create and strengthen relationships but there are other ways to do that., 3/17/2019, 9:51 AM

Should we worry about demons and evil spirits?

Today, when most people possess an intellectual consciousness, one who wishes to observe the custom of his forefathers is entitled, but the public should not be warned against dangers that supersede logic, unless they have moral reasons, 3/10/2019, 7:57 AM

Why do some people find it difficult to pray?

Difficulty in concentrating on prayers is nothing new, but today there are two new factors making it even more difficult: intellectual progress that makes it difficult to read a fixed text, and electronic media that habituates us to distractions , 3/3/2019, 6:13 PM

Does prayer need a change?

Today, many people find prayer difficult – it’s hard to concentrate, prayers seem to them to be irrelevant, and they are too long. The difficulties raise serious questions: Is there a discrepancy between prayer and our everyday lives? , 2/24/2019, 7:01 AM

Kosher milk and honey

All about the two foods for which our country, Israel, is praised – a land flowing with milk and honey., 2/17/2019, 8:06 AM

When do we follow minhag?

In disputes between ethnic minhagim, the ethnic minhag itself is not the sole consideration, but also minhag ha’makom, local practice. In Israeli society today, minhagim that are infrequently practiced lose their validity. , 2/10/2019, 1:16 PM

May a foreign caregiver cook for a Jew?

The prohibition of bishulei goyim also applies to foreign caregivers of the elderly and the sick., 2/3/2019, 8:30 PM

Alcoholic beverages: A way to increase joy versus moshav leitzim

Clarifying the educational approach towards alcohol at parties: *Drinking wine in the atmosphere of a mitzvah brings joy, whereas drinking wine frivolously causes only sorrow. *, 1/27/2019, 9:16 AM

More decrees or education?

The previous column ended with a question to the public: Should parties with a secular atmosphere be included in the prohibition against drinking at non-Jewish parties, or is teaching to refrain from drinking at such parties enough?, 1/22/2019, 8:09 AM

Drinking with non-Jews: What is forbidden and where?

The prohibition against wine of non-Jews is more severe than the ban on bread and cooked food, and even the touch of a non-Jew renders it forbidden. Our Sages also forbade drinking alcoholic beverages with a non-Jew, even when drinking alone , 1/13/2019, 1:46 PM

The obligation to consult a doctor in the case of infertility problems

The fundamental goal of creation is its continuity., 1/6/2019, 5:03 PM

Chalav Yisrael and Chalav Nochri - Between kashrut and hiddur

Chalav Nochri is forbidden from a Rabbinical prohibition out of concern that non-kosher milk was mixed in it; the question is, how concerned must we be., 1/1/2019, 7:20 AM

A friend from Italy comes to visit

Matteo Salvini, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and a leading candidate for Prime Minister, visited Israel and expressed enthusiastic support for it – but the political Left preferred to ignore his warm feelings, and accuse him of anti-Semitism. , 12/24/2018, 10:46 AM

The obligation to vaccinate

The scientific claims against the vaccine are based on research proven to be false. The halakhic rule that we follow the majority is also true in the field of medicine and here we go according to the position of the majority of doctors., 12/16/2018, 7:41 AM

New revelations on the Heter Mechira dilemma

The real dilemma is based on a fundamental disagreement about what faith is – relying on miracles, or the calculated and planned fulfillment of mitzvoth., 12/11/2018, 11:50 AM

The customs that survived thanks to the Yemenite Jews

Although there is no place for separate yeshivas along the lines of ethnic Jewish groups, the prayers and customs of the different groups should be retained., 12/2/2018, 6:10 AM

The transformation of the rules for koshering an animal's hind parts

With many hechshers it is impossible to obtain the back part of a ritually slaughtered animal because it isvery difficult to avoid the prohibitions of cheilev and gid ha’nasheh., 11/26/2018, 7:00 PM