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Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a frequent contributor to Aish, is a Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University and an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, and lecturer. Author of 19 highly acclaimed books with combined sales of over a half million copies, his newest, Redemption- Then and Now, commentaries and essays on the Passover Haggada is is presently available on Amazon and your local Judaica book store. See his website at rabbibenjaminblech.com.

Forgiving Mengele

Forgiving Mengele

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Is it right to forgive an unrepentant mass murderer?


The Seven Heroes of Sukkot

The Seven Heroes of Sukkot

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Why Jews invite these biblical heroes to the sukkah each night.


More Time or More Value: Yom Kippur and My MTA Quandary

More Time or More Value: Yom Kippur and My MTA...

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What’s more important: longer days or more meaningful hours?


Hurricanes and Our Rosh Hashanah Prayers

Hurricanes and Our Rosh Hashanah Prayers

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Even blessings can become misfortunes when they appear in the form of excess.


Destroying Statues and Judaism's Prohibition of Making Graven Images

Destroying Statues and Judaism's Prohibition of...

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All political considerations aside, there is a fascinating and relevant reason against creating complete statues of people.


The Next Solar Eclipse in 2024: A Startling Message for the World

The Next Solar Eclipse in 2024: A Startling...

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The mystical meaning of the next eclipse which is only seven years away.


Marrying a Convert

Marrying a Convert

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He was getting pressure to break off the relationship. Here’s what I told him.


The Solar Eclipse: A Jewish Message

The Solar Eclipse: A Jewish Message

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The connection between covering our eyes when we recite the Shema and when looking at the eclipse.


Jewish “Fake News”

Jewish “Fake News”

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5 common misconceptions about Jews and Judaism.


The Murder of Otto Warmbier

The Murder of Otto Warmbier

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Yes, he was a Jew. But he was killed because he was an American.


Mark Zuckerberg’s Prayer

Mark Zuckerberg’s Prayer

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No matter how financially blessed, we all need to call upon a higher power to help us make our lives a blessing.


Religion in the Age of Disrespect

Religion in the Age of Disrespect

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Shavuot, commencement and the reason for two tablets.


The Latest Marriage Fad: Marrying Yourself

The Latest Marriage Fad: Marrying Yourself

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A fitting phenomenon for our narcissist times.


Jerusalem: 50 Years of Reunification

Jerusalem: 50 Years of Reunification

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A reminder about who really owns Jerusalem.


Conflict of Cultures: Passover vs. Palestinian Children’s Day

Conflict of Cultures: Passover vs. Palestinian...

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Both holidays focus on children. One celebrates life, the other celebrates death.


Jewish Self Hatred

Jewish Self Hatred

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Why are some Jews the worst enemies of the Jewish people?


The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

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Passover celebrates the concept of a personal God who cares about us and is the ultimate director of history.


Cryfest: This Is Us

Cryfest: This Is Us

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Millions of people love this new TV series because it makes them cry. What's going on?


Marry My Husband

Marry My Husband

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s moving plea for her husband to find love after her death.


Unmasking Our Jewish Identity

Unmasking Our Jewish Identity

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Purim’s message for confronting today’s anti-Semitism.


McDonald’s Disturbing Morality Tale

McDonald’s Disturbing Morality Tale

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The Founder details Ray Kroc’s rise to unimaginable success by violating the most basic aspects of ethics and decency.


The Oscars, the Wrong Winner and the Talmud

The Oscars, the Wrong Winner and the Talmud

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Turning winners into losers and losers into winners.


Judaism and Life on Other Planets

Judaism and Life on Other Planets

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NASA's earth-shattering announcement has many Jews asking: Does Judaism entertain the possibility of alien life?


Before You Die, Your Life's Movie

Before You Die, Your Life's Movie

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The surprising findings of a new Israeli study echoes Jewish mysticism.


5 Life-Changing Lessons From the Super Bowl

5 Life-Changing Lessons From the Super Bowl

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Because sports are human life in microcosm.


Distorting the Holocaust

Distorting the Holocaust

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The de-Judaization of the Holocaust renders it devoid of its major message.


Praying for the Government

Praying for the Government

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God bless America?


The Year the Maccabees Were Banned From the Temple

The Year the Maccabees Were Banned From the Temple

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Mount Moriah, the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter have been deemed off-limits to Israelis by last week’s UN edict.


Hanukkah & Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Hanukkah & Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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May the Maccabees’ fire of idealism guide us to create a united Jerusalem recognized by all people as Israel’s capital.


When Christmas Meets Hanukkah

When Christmas Meets Hanukkah

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Jews differ with Christians on many critical points of theology, but we can focus on the threat we equally face for our survival.


Forgiving Ralph Branca

Forgiving Ralph Branca

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Why the infamous Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, who recently passed away, didn’t deserve all that hatred. And the surprising Jewish connection.


Mel Gibson: No Apology, No Forgiveness

Mel Gibson: No Apology, No Forgiveness

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The disgraced director isn’t expressing remorse for his anti-Semitism. He just wants us to forget about it and move on.


The Chafetz Chaim & the Upcoming Election

The Chafetz Chaim & the Upcoming Election

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If only the two candidates would have taken the great rabbi’s lesson to heart.


UNESCO’s Historical Revisionism

UNESCO’s Historical Revisionism

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It is pointless to argue with those who happily pervert reality in the service of their profoundly held prejudices.


Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

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Kudos to the Swedish Academy for their bold and wise decision to honor a man who "created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."


Living to 120

Living to 120

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Quality is more important than its quantity.


Wells Fargo and Taking Full Responsibility

Wells Fargo and Taking Full Responsibility

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The confession “I take full responsibility” should not become a meaningless expression that makes a mockery of repentance.


Knowing Your Life Matters

Knowing Your Life Matters

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On Rosh Hashanah, identify your unique mission and responsibility to live a life filled with purpose.


Remembering 9/11: Five Important Lessons

Remembering 9/11: Five Important Lessons

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Because those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.


Ryan Lochte's Non-Apology

Ryan Lochte's Non-Apology

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Judaism and the lost art of true repentance.


The Olympics’ Jewish Message

The Olympics’ Jewish Message

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What a difference a fraction of a second makes!


When the Victims of Terror Are Not Jews

When the Victims of Terror Are Not Jews

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The terrorism of Nice and the world's select outrage.


Tel Aviv & Orlando: The Big Difference

Tel Aviv & Orlando: The Big Difference

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Imagine the naming of parks, institutions and sporting events in honor of Omar Mateen.


The Orlando Massacre: A Hate Crime against Man and God

The Orlando Massacre: A Hate Crime against Man and...

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Omar Mateen unwittingly chose the very day on which God first proclaimed “Thou shalt not murder” to carry out his barbaric executions.


Muslims Yes, Jews No: The Hypocrisy of the NY Times

Muslims Yes, Jews No: The Hypocrisy of the NY...

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Separate swimming hours to accommodate religious sensitivities provokes hypocritical response.


Killing Harambe: The Cincinnati Zoo Tragedy

Killing Harambe: The Cincinnati Zoo Tragedy

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It was a choice between a human life and an animal life.


Lag B’Omer: Better than Love

Lag B’Omer: Better than Love

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How do we understand the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s students?


Hiroshima, the White House and Israel

Hiroshima, the White House and Israel

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Those who instigate war need to pay the price for their evil. Unless it’s waged against Jews.


“Smelly Jews” and Harvard

“Smelly Jews” and Harvard

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The student’s offensive remark was not only anti-Semitic, it violated the sanctity of all human beings.


The $13 Million Seder

The $13 Million Seder

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Baseball player Adam LaRoche's stunning lesson about family and its connection to Passover.