About the Author


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. He is the author of 19 highly acclaimed books with combined sales of over a half million copies, A much sought after speaker, he is available as scholar in residence in your community. See his website at rabbibenjaminblech.com.

Click here to purchase Rabbi Blech’s new book, Hope Not Fear: Changing the Way We View Death.


Hating Men: A Response from Rabbi Blech

Can you hold off on my lynching until we discuss this in a more rational manner?

Hating Men: The New Racism

Bigotry is unacceptable, except, it seems, when it comes to knocking men.

The Bucket List and Rosh Hashanah

Facing our mortality should drive us to fulfill our unique mission in the world, not jumping out of a plane.

Why Multitasking is Bad for You

Studies show that multitasking is damaging our education, work performance and life.

The #MeTooMovement: When Men are the Victims

Innocence or guilt requires careful deliberation, no matter the gender of the accused.

Apple: The Trillion Dollar Company & Rosh Hashanah

How the most successful company in American history went from near bankruptcy to stunning achievement.

Charles Krauthammer and Being Told You’re Going to Die

Miracles from God still happen in spite of medical predictions. I am a case in point.

The Lemmings and the Jews

Why are so many Jews willing to side with our executioners and side with those who openly seek our destruction?

Next Year in Jerusalem?

Next year in Jerusalem – L’shanah haba b’Yerushalayim!

Jewish Heroes and Shavuot

The power of Torah is the influence of the giants of our past to shape the dreams and the aspirations of our future.

Jerusalem Day, the US Embassy & Shavuot

The amazing events of this year’s calendar.

Jews, Hats & Modern Anti-Semitism

The only antidote to anti-Semitism is pro-Semitism.

Natalie Portman’s Insult to Israel

And her timing could not have been more inappropriate.

Israel and the Secret of 70

The number 70 was singled out for special attention in ways that make this Yom HaAtzmaut particularly meaningful.

The Oscar Nominated Film about the Four Sons at the Seder

One young man, whose parents thought him wicked and simple, turned out to be truly wise and changed the course of history.

Stephen Hawking and a Great Man’s Imperfections

Stephen Hawking’s death is the loss of a great man, but a man with great flaws.

The U.S. Holocaust Museum and Revoking Honor

When moral heroes betray the very ideals for which they were singled out for tribute.

Roger Bannister and Breaking the Four Minute Mile

What achievement do you wish you could accomplish but consider physically impossible?

The Olive Branch on the Temple Mount

Two American Congressmen discover it’s a crime to bend down and pick an olive branch on this sacred spot.

Mordechai, Reincarnation & Jewish Pride

The response to a world filled with anti-Semitism must be pride, not submission.

Three Secrets of Olympic Champions

The keys to Olympic success are the tools we need to fulfill our potential.

The Cape Town Water Crisis and Hating Israel

Demonstrating the irrationality of hatred, Cape Town rejected Israel’s offer to help forestall their crisis.

Whitewashing Evil: Poland’s New Law about the Holocaust

The country can’t whitewash its guilt of complicity and the guilt of joining in the evil all around them.

Jerusalem, Ben-Gurion and Hanukkah: Is the Date More than a Coincidence?

When major events occur on identical dates, God is winking at us.

Winston Churchill: Three Definitive Ideas that Changed the Course of History

A new film delves into the pivotal role the great leader played in stopping Hitler.

Our 60th Wedding Anniversary: The Secret to Making Marriages Last

The foundation of a great marriage is something we’ve learned as kids.

Einstein’s Secret to Happiness

The fascinating story behind the short note bought for $1.56 million.

Forgiving Mengele

Is it right to forgive an unrepentant mass murderer?

The Seven Heroes of Sukkot

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

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

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

Hurricanes and Our Rosh Hashanah Prayers

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

Destroying Statues and Judaism's Prohibition of Making Graven Images

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

Marrying a Convert

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

The Solar Eclipse: A Jewish Message

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

Jewish “Fake News”

5 common misconceptions about Jews and Judaism.

The Murder of Otto Warmbier

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

Mark Zuckerberg’s Prayer

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

Shavuot, commencement and the reason for two tablets.

The Latest Marriage Fad: Marrying Yourself

A fitting phenomenon for our narcissist times.

Jerusalem: 50 Years of Reunification

A reminder about who really owns Jerusalem.

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

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

Jewish Self Hatred

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

The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

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

Cryfest: This Is Us

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

Marry My Husband

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

Unmasking Our Jewish Identity

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

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