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 Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/3/2019, 6:13 PM

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. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/24/2018, 10:46 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.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/2/2018, 6:10 AM

Har Bracha continues breaking records

Ushpizin, Ushpizot, huge happening, Simchat Beit Hashoeva, mass Temple Mount ascent; 'Significant and uplifting holiday for entire family.'Mordechai Sones, 10/3/2018, 5:10 PM

Facing the LGBT: Education and love

Since the Akeida, the binding of Isaac, the Jewish nation has dealt with trials in performing the Divine command – fulfilling the word of God even if it means suffering sorrow and pain.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 8/6/2018, 8:01 AM

Return our judges to the rule of the people

The enactment of the ‘override clause’ is only the beginning – a revolutionary change is needed to restrain the power of the legal establishmentRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/13/2018, 12:32 AM

Most important: Increase peace

The main purpose of mourning during the days of the Omer Counting is the honoring of Torah scholars from different circles. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 4/15/2018, 7:34 AM

Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal lives on

Rabbi Itamar's influence is far-reaching and alive, his family a beacon of light for the nation.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/18/2018, 7:19 AM

Ger Toshav: Obstacles and Aspirations

All about the status of non-Jews residing in the Land of Israel.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/7/2018, 10:26 PM

No state without faith

During the period of the passing of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook ztz”l, it is worthwhile recalling his position on the Zionist movement: It is important to take part in it, but it will succeed only out of holiness.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 8/28/2017, 10:12 AM

Fasting on Yom Kippur

A “regular” sick person, whose whole body is ill but whose life is not in danger, is obligated to fast but may take pills that have no taste. A gravely ill person is obligated to eat. A religiously observant doctor should be asked when in doubt.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/9/2016, 8:17 AM

Coping with terrorism through faith

Terrorism tries to sow panic and cause the public to give up. Israelis are finished with delusions of peace, so terrorism will not achieve its goal, but a rational, gradual, and realistic means of teaching the Torah view must be proposed.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/20/2015, 6:40 PM

Har Bracha Looks to Raise Living Standard for Yeshiva Students

Shiluvim program aims to make sure all yeshiva students are prepared for professional careers, and will help bankroll the courses, too.Gedalyah Reback, 4/21/2015, 4:14 AM

Torah Guidelines for National Security

Collaboration between Torah scholars and men of action can enable proper security policy management guided by Torah.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/23/2014, 12:17 PM

Halakha on Abortion of Fetuses with Severe Abormalities

A fetus is considered a living entity in regards to certain laws, but there is no penalty of death for taking its life. What do the rabbinical decisors say? Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/26/2014, 3:59 PM

Remembering Merkaz Harav Yeshiva on the Days of Awe

Praying with Torah luminaries leaves a powerful memory, carried through to yearly shofar blowing and Selikhot in Elul.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 9/15/2014, 7:38 AM

Comfort for Childless Couples

Reading articles about the mitzvah to have children is agonizing for couples who have tried every medical option and remain childless. Words addressed to them.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 8/18/2014, 9:23 AM

A Time for National Soul-Searchng

The Three Weeks is a time for studying the logic of Torah Policy, especially relevant during the war against Hamas.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 7/20/2014, 10:52 AM

Having Children: Understanding the Value of Life

Make sure to read to the end.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/28/2014, 10:44 PM

The Significance of Eating Meat

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/8/2014, 6:25 AM

Explaining Hesder - To Ourselves

Torah issues made clear from the Rav of Har Bracha, the thriving yeshiva community in the Shomron.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/2/2014, 4:35 PM

Christians from HaYovel Assist Harvest Effort in Samaria

A recent Sukkot event at Har Bracha in the Shomron saw dozens of Christian volunteers join families for their annual harvest.Kochava Rozenbaum , 9/27/2013, 10:38 AM

Har Bracha Yeshiva Regains Hesder Status

Former DM Barak stopped army's cooperation with Samaria yeshiva because of dean's statemements on refusal.Gil Ronen, 7/9/2013, 9:11 AM