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    Israel, the World, and the Torah

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 1 Sivan 5784
    The Happiness in Purim

    The Joy of Purim

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 5 Adar II 5784
    3 min
    Middot - Character Traits

    Judging Favorably – Even the Good Ones

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 11 Kislev 5784
    3 min

    The Attributes of Truth and Eternity: One and the Same

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 11 Kislev 5784

    Iron Swords: The War Against Hamas, 5784 (2023)

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 26 Cheshvan 5784
    Current Events

    How do I see the situation in Israel?

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Av 5783

    What Is the Worth of Shiny Gold?

    If the Tabernacle had been built and the Shechina would not have dwelled in it, it would have been like a body without a soul. All its beauty and glory would be pointless; all the gold, silver, and precious stones adorning it would have been mere external trappings - shiny, but without their true meaning and essence...What worth is there to wealth and gold and financial stability and a large house, if the Divine Presence does not dwell within it...

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Adar 24 5783
    The Value of the Nation of Israel

    The Uniqueness of the Jewish People

    It is one of the principles of our faith that we must know and believe that the Nation of Israel is a nation of segula, a treasured people of a special nature. Another article of faith is that we must know that Israel is separate from others, different in its essence from all other peoples on the face of the earth.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Adar 3 5783

    Who Needs Torah-Based Civil Law??

    This week's Torah reading of Mishpatim appears to be a major departure from the stories of our Patriarchs and the stories of Divine miracles that we have read until now, in that it is largely a list of civil laws: Who is responsbile for which damages under what circumstances, who pays if one ox gores another, how much a thief must compensate his victim, lost objects, majority rule, milk and meat, and much more. One of the questions we must ask is: Why did the Torah make rules for civil law in certain areas, and not leave them up to the will of the people in each society?

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Shvat 26 5783
    Understanding Circumstances

    Why This Generation MUST Reject Truth

    Let us take a faith-based look at our generation, through the prism of the teachings of the Land of Israel's first modern-day chief rabbi, Rav Kook.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Shvat 19 5783
    The Value of the Nation of Israel

    Between Israel and the Gentiles

    There has always been a hatred, sometimes hidden, on the part of the gentiles towards Israel, with no explanation and no justification. This hatred is deep-seated and constant, in every place and time. It doesn't matter whether we are successful or not; it's always there. Sometimes they hate Jews because they're capitalist, and sometimes because they're socialist. Here they hate us because they're conservative, and there they loathe us because we're too liberal. They have contempt for us when we're too talented and industrious, even as others accuse us of being useless parasites. Sometimes it's because we are too advanced, and other times it's because we are backward and outdated. There's no one correct reason, and in fact, there is no reason at all...

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Tevet 13 5783

    Guarding the Honor of Israel

    Some people ask if it is permitted to endanger oneself for the sake of the honor of the People of Israel. It seems from this week's Torah portion that the answer is yes.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Kislev 15 5783
    Coping with Difficulties

    The Footsteps of Mashiah

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Tishrei 26 5873

    Faith and Trust in G-d's Plan Is Happiness

    The common denominator between Moshe's anger at Israel and his hitting of the rock for its water

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Tammuz 2 5782
    The Mitzvah of Settling the Land

    Is It Permitted to Buy an "Investment Property" in Judea/Samaria?

    I would like to buy a home in Yesha (Judea/Samaria) in order to make some money Is this appropriate, or should I assume that it is not a good idea, because it makes it harder for others to fulfill the commandment of settling the Land of Israel?

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Iyar 12 5782
    The Meaning Sefirat Ha'omer

    Post-Pesach Reflections on Redemption

    Pesach is over - but we have permanently absorbed yet another portion of freedom. Yet another peel of Exile has been removed from us. We have shed yet another layer of self-nullification before others, and of blind admiration of customs found in the nations of the West or the Far East. We have grown stronger in getting to know ourselves, in healthy self-confidence, and in appreciation of the value of the People of Israel and its great destiny to shine the light of G-d throughout the world

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Nissan 28 5782
    Purim in Our Time

    Purim: How the Final Redemption Will Play Out

    The Talmud says Israel's redemption will come quickly, but stage after stage.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Adar II 7 5782
    Torah and Science

    Torah and Democracy

    The concept of "Democracy First!" is becoming more extreme in Israel, and especially among left-wingers. The gaps between this extreme approach and the Torah view are widening - cause for great concern among those who wish to preserve the nation's unity. How can such unity be maintained in the face of these widening gaps?

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Adar II 1 5782
    Ki Tisa

    Israel, Gentiles, & Gog U'Magog

    Rav Zalman Baruch Melamed explains the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in the era of Mashiach and Gog U'Magog.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Adar I 16 5782
    Additional Lessons

    What About Rabbis Who Say It's Ok to Give Away Land?

    Rav Zalman Baruch Melamed answers the question: How should one relate to great Torah scholars who rule that parts of the Land of Israel may be given over to autonomous gentile rule?

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Shvat 26 5782
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