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The blessing of the trees, and the Mikvah attendant

The blessing of the trees, and the Mikvah attendant

Birkat ha-ilanot symbolizes the abundance that Hashem gives us beyond the basic necessities. The balanit should be careful not to overstep.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/15/2021, 6:28 AM
On receiving the Rabbi Kook Prize

On receiving the Rabbi Kook Prize

Tel Aviv, which awards the prize, expresses in its name and history the Jewish renewal in our ancient Land.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/9/2021, 3:39 PM
Purim joy in the midst of Corona

Purim joy in the midst of Corona

Observing the mitzvahs of Purim in a limited family only,was an opportunity to teach about joy without slipping into low level frivolity.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/27/2021, 8:47 PM
The laws of Purim during the corona pandemic

The laws of Purim during the corona pandemic

The Torah is extremely careful about not risking lives, so Purim mitzvot should be observed in moderation, following health directives.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/21/2021, 7:00 PM
How could the Torah allow slavery?

How could the Torah allow slavery?

Slavery in the Torah was to allow families in a state of extreme poverty to gain rehabilitation in line with social conditions at that time.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/17/2021, 6:52 PM
Lessons from Shabbat demonstrations in Petah Tikva

Lessons from Shabbat demonstrations in Petah Tikva

Political agreements reached in a broad public framework are more beneficial to Shabbat observance than demonstrations.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/7/2021, 9:27 PM
Shabbat in Harish

Shabbat in Harish

Coercion will not help in the matter of keeping Shabbat in public, and legislation must be reached representatives from all walks of lifeRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/31/2021, 5:36 PM
The ‘Seven Clean Days’ in our time

The ‘Seven Clean Days’ in our time

There are those who seek to repeal the takkanah of Rebbi regarding sheva niki’im, but we do not have the authority to repeal earlier decreesRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/26/2021, 9:13 PM
Distancing that leads to closeness

Distancing that leads to closeness

Out of the longing of distancing, husband and wife reunite with greater love, and thus the fire that keeps marriage alive is guarded.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/18/2021, 9:41 PM
The Mikveh and the purifying power of water

The Mikveh and the purifying power of water

Immersion in water symbolizes the Divine grace granted to all equally, similar to rain that falls on all creatures, adding blessing to life.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/12/2021, 11:18 AM
Vaccination against the Coronavirus

Vaccination against the Coronavirus

Regarding the Coronavirus vaccine, one should follow the opinion of the majority of doctors who recommend getting vaccinated.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/3/2021, 9:05 AM
From Holocaust remembrance to love of Israel

From Holocaust remembrance to love of Israel

The day of general kaddish Holocaust victims on the Tenth of Tevet by the Chief Rabbinate was decided before the Knesset's choice of date.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/28/2020, 6:36 PM
Which American rabbi will answer the call?

Which American rabbi will answer the call?

Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin came to Israel to make a difference without anyone having to urge him. Who will follow in his footsteps? Opinion.Yonaton Behar, 12/23/2020, 1:25 PM
The cruse of pure oil in the Jewish Home

The cruse of pure oil in the Jewish Home

From the Temple's destruction and the annulment of many laws of purity, Jewish homes are ‘mini temples,’ where the light of purity shines.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/21/2020, 10:34 AM
The culture of evil controversy part II

The culture of evil controversy part II

Not all members of the Haredi sector promote violence and controversy, but unfortunately, we also do not hear them condemn such phenomena.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/13/2020, 9:05 AM
Lessons from the culture of controversy

Lessons from the culture of controversy

I met with Reform Jews with a clear understanding that the object is brotherhood, but that there are unbridgeable differences between us.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/6/2020, 5:45 PM
Our Sages established this principle: Love of Israel first

Our Sages established this principle: Love of Israel first

My meeting with Reform clergy was not for any purpose, it stemmed only from love of humanity.. I do not plan to run for the Chief Rabbinate.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/29/2020, 7:01 AM
US Jewish leaders laud Rabbi Melamed for dialog with Reform Jews

US Jewish leaders laud Rabbi Melamed for dialog with Reform Jews

Jewish Federations of North America offers support for Samaria rabbis efforts to create Orthodox-Reform dialog.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/25/2020, 12:54 PM
Desecration of Shabbat in life-threatening cases

Desecration of Shabbat in life-threatening cases

If there is a real danger to human life on Shabbat, the decision whether to desecrate Shabbat should be made by professionals.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/18/2020, 11:36 AM
Honoring a callous father

Honoring a callous father

A child is not obligated to turn a blind eye to the shortcomings of his parents, but should make an effort to see their positive sides.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/9/2020, 11:45 AM
Give an opponent the benefit of the doubt

Give an opponent the benefit of the doubt

A. Leftists are not “against the Jews and for the Arabs”, but people who feel giving up land is necessary for peace B.Haredim vs. police.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/1/2020, 7:19 AM
How can we educate during the pandemic period?

How can we educate during the pandemic period?

Education given at home has a far greater impact than any educational institution's, and is always the primary responsibility of parents.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/25/2020, 7:00 PM
What is the pandemic telling us?

What is the pandemic telling us?

When troubles occur, the Torah advises us to take advantage of them to examine our actions. This plague forced the world to look inward.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/17/2020, 8:43 PM
A temporary dwelling and the global pandemic

A temporary dwelling and the global pandemic

The sukkah, symbolizing the transience of the material world, takes on new meaning in a time when a plague has subdued human arrogance.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/3/2020, 8:24 PM
And the idols will be utterly exterminated

And the idols will be utterly exterminated

The purpose of teshuva (repentance) is to free us from the various idols of desire that bind us throughout the year.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 9/27/2020, 11:40 AM
Rosh Hashannah in lockdown – an opportunity for Tikun

Rosh Hashannah in lockdown – an opportunity for Tikun

The lack of mass prayers and family meals are liable to cause sadness, but we must make an effort and use the time for tikun.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 9/18/2020, 1:14 PM
Days of Awe in the shadow of corona

Days of Awe in the shadow of corona

The courtyard and balcony minyans required this year due to Corona hold a great blessing. We just have to look for it.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 9/14/2020, 1:34 PM
The vision of Torah study for women

The vision of Torah study for women

​​​​​​​In principle, there is no impediment for women to engage in any field of Torah.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 9/7/2020, 10:05 AM
Rabbi Kook’s Essay “HaDor” (“The Generation”)

Rabbi Kook’s Essay “HaDor” (“The Generation”)

Does Rav Kook's fundamental essay apply to today's generation as well?Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 8/31/2020, 10:00 AM
The writing process and content of my new book “HaMasoret HaYehudit”

The writing process and content of my new book “HaMasoret HaYehudit”

My book The Jewish Tradition is the result of deep pain at Jews distanced from their heritage, but also out of a strong sense of unity.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 8/24/2020, 11:15 AM
Tithes and the guaranteed blessing

Tithes and the guaranteed blessing

The National-Religious public must create an inexpensive educational framework to enrich children’s Torah world outside school hours.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 8/16/2020, 4:11 PM
Decency and morality in the profession of Journalism - not an oxymoron

Decency and morality in the profession of Journalism - not an oxymoron

Although there are malicious journalists, the public prefers that to a media devoid of criticism. Eight rules of morality for a journalist.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 8/9/2020, 4:35 PM
A cause to weep for generations

A cause to weep for generations

Baseless hatred, is a reflection of the Sin of the Spies as was the refusal of Jews to come to Israel in the early days of Zionism.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 8/2/2020, 5:00 AM
Freedom of the Press and constructive Lashon Hara

Freedom of the Press and constructive Lashon Hara

The conditions permitting lashon hara for a constructive purpose do not apply if adherence to the conditions will totally offset achievementRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 7/26/2020, 1:45 PM
The Media and Journalists in Halakha

The Media and Journalists in Halakha

Journalism unavoidably involves information prohibited by the the laws of lashon ha’ra, but in a democratic state its role is essential.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 7/20/2020, 2:19 PM
Today’s Sin of the Golden Calf and the Spies

Today’s Sin of the Golden Calf and the Spies

The Sin of the Golden Calf and the Sin of the Spies, which occurred during the Three Weeks, are the prototype of all other sins.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 7/12/2020, 11:39 AM
Rabbi Meshulam Rata zts"l's love of Eretz Yisrael and diligent Torah study

Rabbi Meshulam Rata zts"l's love of Eretz Yisrael and diligent Torah study

A positive attitude to Zionism and settling the Land of Israel was shared by Rabbi Meshulam Rata (Roth) and his rabbi, Rabbi Meir Arik.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 7/5/2020, 1:33 PM
Attitude of the Great Sages of the Last Generation to the Reform Community

Attitude of the Great Sages of the Last Generation to the Reform Community

In Rabbi Kook’s yeshiva, it was clear that no Jews, including those who were Reform and Conservative, should be boycotted.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/28/2020, 3:21 PM
Why we must not boycott the Reform

Why we must not boycott the Reform

Instituting a boycott against representatives of a Jewish movement is a grave and terrible method that endangers the nationRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/19/2020, 12:14 PM
Attitudes toward the Deal of the Century, meeting with Reform clergy

Attitudes toward the Deal of the Century, meeting with Reform clergy

The “Deal of the Century” is basically positive, but must not include concessions on Eretz Yisrael and creating a Palestinian state.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/14/2020, 9:50 PM
The Life of Gadol HaDor Rabbi Meshulam Roth

The Life of Gadol HaDor Rabbi Meshulam Roth

The life of Rabbi Meshulam Rata (Roth) is not well known, though Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda called him the Gadol HaDor after his father's generation.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/8/2020, 11:15 AM
From bitter to sweet: The virtue of Torah and the Jewish People

From bitter to sweet: The virtue of Torah and the Jewish People

Those disregarding the value of nationalism and the Religious Zionists who embrace it, miss a fundamental and essential point in the Torah.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/28/2020, 4:49 PM
Yovel: Property rights along with equal opportunity

Yovel: Property rights along with equal opportunity

Man should have exclusive right to hs own property, but he should also have the opportunity to start afresh.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/25/2020, 5:09 PM
In Memory of Rabbi Eliezer Nachum Rabinovich ztz”l

In Memory of Rabbi Eliezer Nachum Rabinovich ztz”l

Rabbi Nachum Eliezer Rabinovich, ztz”l was one of the greatest Gedolei HaDor in our generation, worthy of sitting on the Sanhedrin.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/17/2020, 1:18 PM
The obligation to immigrate to Israel

The obligation to immigrate to Israel

Once, living in Israel involved existential and economic danger, so it was not obligatory, but nowadays the mitzvah obligates every Jew.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/11/2020, 1:47 PM
A great principle in the Torah

A great principle in the Torah

The mitzvot of “Love your fellow as yourself” and “Do not hate your brother” are the basis of human relations, as well as relations with God.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/4/2020, 12:00 AM
A great principle in the Torah

A great principle in the Torah

The mitzvot of “Love your fellow as yourself” and “Do not hate your brother” are the basis of human relations, as well as relations with GodRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/3/2020, 11:07 PM
Mysticism and its meaning

Mysticism and its meaning

Even a stone that appears to be dense and dumb contains secrets about the structure of matter.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/24/2019, 11:50 AM
Nationalist rabbi: European Right no longer anti-Semitic

Nationalist rabbi: European Right no longer anti-Semitic

Influential nationalist Rabbi Eliezer Melamed says Israel need not fear creating close bonds with Austrian Freedom Party and others like it.Gil Ronen, 10/12/2018, 3:55 PM
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed ascends Temple Mount

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed ascends Temple Mount

Leading rabbi, who has favored Temple Mount ascent in past writings, this morning joins dozens of Jews who ascend Mount daily.Mordechai Sones, 12/21/2017, 2:21 PM
'We will insist Netanyahu keep his promises'

'We will insist Netanyahu keep his promises'

Beit El leaders say PM making Religious Zionists into joke, promise consequences.Eliran Aharon, 6/18/2017, 11:15 AM
PA resurrects poisoned well blood libel

PA resurrects poisoned well blood libel

PA fabricates call by Israeli rabbi allegedly calling on 'settlers' to poison Arab water - then uses it to call for international sanctions.Ari Soffer, 6/20/2016, 5:16 PM
Leftist rabbis condemn Yaalon over Rabbi Melamed

Leftist rabbis condemn Yaalon over Rabbi Melamed

Yaalon's ban on cooperation with leading rabbi called 'foolishness,' 'non-democratic,' and 'pyromania.'Hillel Fendel, 3/16/2016, 5:49 PM
IDF accused of unfairly targeting patriotic rabbi

IDF accused of unfairly targeting patriotic rabbi

Tzohar head 'shocked' by IDF order to not meet with Rabbi Eliezer Melamed. Asks why only him, not haredi rabbis, anti-IDF intellectuals?Ido Ben-Porat, 3/15/2016, 12:18 PM
'Jews Prayed on the Temple Mount for Centuries'

'Jews Prayed on the Temple Mount for Centuries'

In first of a series on the Temple Mount, Arutz Sheva explores the origins of the hotly-contested 'status quo' at Judaism's holiest site.Hillel Fendel, 11/16/2014, 8:13 PM
Jewish Leaders Cry Out for Endangered Yezidis

Jewish Leaders Cry Out for Endangered Yezidis

Major religious-Zionist rabbi, influential US Jewish leader say Jews must take a stand for Yazidis facing genocide at the hands of ISIS.Hillel Fendel, 11/9/2014, 4:58 PM
Leading Rabbi: Evangelists More Exalted than Cyrus

Leading Rabbi: Evangelists More Exalted than Cyrus

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed says US evangelists deserve love and respect for assisting Israel with no strings attached.Gil Ronen, 6/12/2014, 6:16 PM