Zalman Baruch Melamed

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Zalman Baruch Melamed
הרב זלמן ברוך מלמד
Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed
TitleRosh Yeshiva of the Beit El yeshiva
DenominationReligious Zionist

Zalman Baruch Melamed (Hebrew: זלמן ברוך מלמד, born 1937) is an Israeli Orthodox rabbi and the rosh yeshiva of the Beit El yeshiva in Beit El. He founded the Arutz Sheva radio station, and served as neighborhood rabbi in Beit El until 2013.[1]


Zalman Baruch Melamed was born in Tel Aviv in 1937. He studied at Kfar Haroeh yeshiva high school, and was among the founders of Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. After a year, in 1954, he transferred to study at Mercaz Harav yeshiva. There, he became very close to the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook.[2]

Rabbi Melamed (left) with Rabbi Yaakov Shapira at Mercaz HaRav yeshiva

He studied at Mercaz HaRav yeshiva for about a decade, teaching there as well. In 1978, he founded the Beit El yeshiva.

In 1988, Rabbi Melamed founded the Arutz Sheva radio station "to combat the 'negative thinking' and 'post-Zionist' attitudes so prevalent in Israel's liberal-left media".[3] His wife Shulamit manages its day-to-day operations.

He and his wife Shulamit have seven children. One is Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, the rabbi and rosh yeshiva of Har Bracha. Another is Rabbi Yehuda Melamed, who teaches in Yeshivat Hesder Ramat Gan.[1]


Visiting the Temple Mount[edit]

On halachic grounds, Rabbi Melamed opposes the idea of both Jews[4] and gentiles[5] visiting the Temple Mount.

Views on Israeli citizenship[edit]

Rabbi Melamed (right) with Ya'akov Katz (left), 1990

Rabbi Melamed has stated that, "There must be legislation allowing Jewish people everywhere in the world to become Israeli citizens, even if they do not live here." Melamed viewed this as a way to shore up Israel's Jewish demographic in elections. At the same time, he advocated that certain Arab citizens of Israel should be stripped of their citizenship: "Even those with a democratic viewpoint understand that we must limit the rights of those who wish to harm the State. There are many non-Jews in Israel who are striving to undermine the country." According to Melamed, "These people should not be able to vote who sits in the Knesset or determine who leads the country. The law must dictate that the subversive cannot be citizens."[6]


  1. ^ a b "הרב זלמן מלמד הודיע במפתיע על פרישה מתפקידו כרב היישוב בית אל". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Bet El High Yeshiva". Israel National News. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Israel legalises religious pirate radios". BBC News. 24 February 1999. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ Rabbi Melamed, "Indifference toward the Temple Mount; The Temple Mount Off Limits",, 25 Dec. 2001
  5. ^ Rabbi Melamed, "Non-Jews Forbidden on Temple Mount",, 8 Oct. 2009
  6. ^ Nahshoni, Kobi," Rabbi: Revoke citizenship of non-Jews," Ynet, 28 April 2008

External links[edit]

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