Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

An opportunity to free ourselves from bondage

An opportunity to free ourselves from bondage

In these days of isolation, we have an opportunity to break free from the enslavement restricting us. It seemed that modernity had rid us of epidemics, but now it turns out that precisely advancement, globalization, and economies are under threat., 08/04/2020 07:32
A How-to Halakhic Pesach primer for preparing the kitchen ourselves

A How-to Halakhic Pesach primer for preparing the kitchen ourselves

Since this year it is impossible to make use of a central, public kashering of utensils or have our kitchen kashered by others, we must do it ourselves, but in order to do so, we must learn what is halachically necessary, Detailed guidelines below., 06/04/2020 09:30
Opportunities in days of isolation

Opportunities in days of isolation

These days when lifestyles are changing without our consent, it is an opportunity to examine our habits and arrange life properly according to Torah principles., 27/03/2020 16:45
Thoughts in the shadow of coronavirus

Thoughts in the shadow of coronavirus

It is important to strictly observe the rules in synagogues and one who prays by himself, will be blessed, while as for for weddings planned to take place during this time – it is a mitzvah to hold them in a home-setting, and not to postpone., 21/03/2020 22:37
Rabbinic responsa on the status of a Jewish minority government

Rabbinic responsa on the status of a Jewish minority government

Does an Israeli Jewish minority govenment that rests on the backing of Arab parties have halakhic validity and authority? , 16/03/2020 00:05
The value of Torah and secular wisdom

The value of Torah and secular wisdom

The value of the Torah is independent, it being the direct word of God to the world, teaching the purpose of creation and man. Secular wisdom receives its value from the Torah, and serves it., 15/03/2020 06:46
Should a Bar or Bat Mitzvah be celebrated? If so, how?

Should a Bar or Bat Mitzvah be celebrated? If so, how?

The age when a girl or boy becomes obligated in mitzvot is mentioned in the Gemara, and codified in halakha. At that age, the yetzer ha’tov (good inclination) functions and grants the ability to accept responsibility, and act for the Clal. , 08/03/2020 16:32
Holiness empowers the world

Holiness empowers the world

​​​​​​​Some think that connecting to holiness implies a distancing from the world, and that when the Holy Temple is built, the insignificance of this world will be exposed. But the Mikdash is meant to make the world pleasant and blessed., 29/02/2020 22:38
Do we need to be concerned about Shatnez nowadays?

Do we need to be concerned about Shatnez nowadays?

The prohibition of shatnez applies only to wool and linen, and only if the cloth contains both., 17/02/2020 22:41
The role of a rabbi

The role of a rabbi

The main job of a rabbi is to teach Torah, for Torah learning elevates the learners’ souls, and corrects their middot., 11/02/2020 06:34
The obligation nowadays to wear a Kippah

The obligation nowadays to wear a Kippah

n our times, the covering of the head has become an obligatory minhag * Today, wearing a kippah has become a substitute for wearing tefillin throughout the day as was customary in previous generations., 02/02/2020 09:10
Israel's increased birthrate: A demographic crisis in the making?

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., 26/01/2020 13:59
Claims against IDF service

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. , 19/01/2020 07:40
Tzizit on a synthetic garment

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., 13/01/2020 07:45
Being hosted by a non-observant Jew

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. , 06/01/2020 00:38
The pure flask of oil and Segulat Yisrael

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., 29/12/2019 08:16
Between Yeshiva Students and the Tribe of Levi

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., 21/12/2019 21:59
Must Yeshiva sudents enlist?

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., 15/12/2019 09:23
Relying on the kashrut of "traditional" Jews

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., 09/12/2019 09:16
Bringing Kashrut issues to every home

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., 01/12/2019 20:32
Relying on the kashrut of a host, part II

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., 25/11/2019 06:30
Observe stringent kashrut, but not at the expense of your host

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., 17/11/2019 22:21
The difference between standard and mehadrin Kashrut

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
Relying on Kashrut Supervision

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. , 04/11/2019 11:41
All together now - On Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

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

There is more to Sukkot's message than meets the eye., 20/10/2019 10:18
I invite poor, lonely Ushpizin to my sukkah meals.

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., 15/10/2019 15:36
The secret of atonement on Yom Kippur

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., 05/10/2019 22:56
For what is man judged?

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., 28/09/2019 21:31
Hashem's blessing to the nation in this world

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., 22/09/2019 13:57
Why does food need kosher supervision?

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., 15/09/2019 08:11
The secret of Rabbi Kook’s greatness

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, 08/09/2019 12:17
Shechitah, the prohibition to consume blood, and koshering meat

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., 01/09/2019 08:18
Soap and Kashering utensils: Answers to responses

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., 18/08/2019 22:44
Laws for postponed Tisha B'Av

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. , 09/08/2019 17:19
Jabotinsky – Vision, dedication, and faith

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., 04/08/2019 06:10
Have the laws of Kashrut changed?

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.  , 27/07/2019 23:07
The Temple – A model for Religious Zionism

The Temple – A model for Religious Zionism

The Temple structure represents the central values ​​of the Torah, which are reflected in Religious Zionism., 15/07/2019 18:11
Leaving a wedding early

Leaving a wedding early

Is leaving a wedding before the end a halakhic issue?, 08/07/2019 09:56
Keeping kosher: How to separate meat and dairy

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., 30/06/2019 10:00
Eretz Yisrael – The Focal Point of Torah

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., 23/06/2019 12:20
Can we drink wine touched by someone who desecrates Shabbat in public?

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., 18/06/2019 09:27
Shavuot - Complete joy

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?, 09/06/2019 23:31
Births - a blessing for the family and nation

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 ., 03/06/2019 09:04
Lag Ba'Omer and  weddings

Lag Ba'Omer and weddings

There are differences of customs among the different communities. , 20/05/2019 23:34
A high brithrate is what builds our country

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., 12/05/2019 09:07
The Holocaust: Our own flesh and blood

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. , 30/04/2019 14:54
 Freedom from fashion and materialism

 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., 19/04/2019 16:00
The selling of chametz

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., 14/04/2019 06:50
The practical Halakha of tiny insects

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., 08/04/2019 14:43
The halakhic controversy over tiny insects

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., 31/03/2019 12:42
Does flour need to be sifted?

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., 28/03/2019 07:40
Make others happy - even with fewer Mishloach Manot; Amalek and racism

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., 17/03/2019 09:51
Should we worry about demons and evil spirits?

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, 10/03/2019 07:57
Why do some people find it difficult to pray?

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 , 03/03/2019 18:13
Does prayer need a change?

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? , 24/02/2019 07:01
Kosher milk and honey

Kosher milk and honey

All about the two foods for which our country, Israel, is praised – a land flowing with milk and honey., 17/02/2019 08:06
When do we follow minhag?

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. , 10/02/2019 13:16