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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 14 highly acclaimed books with combined sales of over a half million copies, his newest, The World From A Spiritual Perspective, is a collection of over 100 of his best Aish articles. See his website at www.benjaminblech.com.

Ban Ki-Moon Gets it Wrong Again

Ban Ki-Moon Gets it Wrong Again

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A response to his NYT's op-ed.


The Eichmann Letter and Ban Ki-Moon

The Eichmann Letter and Ban Ki-Moon

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Excusing evil, again.


The Oil Crash and Israel

The Oil Crash and Israel

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It's no accident that Israel has not been blessed with huge oil reserves.


The Biggest Sports Mistake of the Year

The Biggest Sports Mistake of the Year

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The New England Patriots and listening to God's messages.


Affluenza: Be Careful What You Wish For

Affluenza: Be Careful What You Wish For

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How rich do you want to be?


The San Bernardino Massacre And Prayer

The San Bernardino Massacre And Prayer

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Why those who think “God isn’t fixing this” are wrong.


Never Give Up Hope

Never Give Up Hope

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Why relight the menorah when reason dictated that a day later it would go dark once again?


Jonathan Pollard’s Final Punishment

Jonathan Pollard’s Final Punishment

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He cannot move to Israel for at least five years. The reason reeks of hypocrisy.


The Paris Massacre

The Paris Massacre

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The scenes of death – whether in Paris or Hebron, Jerusalem or New York – should serve as a warning to us all.


The European Union and the Yellow Star

The European Union and the Yellow Star

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EU's edict to label products from Israel came out on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.


5 Greatest Gifts of Being a Jew

5 Greatest Gifts of Being a Jew

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Being Jewish confers precious divine gifts that we should never take for granted.


Killing Baby Hitler: A Jewish Response

Killing Baby Hitler: A Jewish Response

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One must differentiate between potential and actual evil.


The Stabbings in Israel

The Stabbings in Israel

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Calling evil by its rightful name.


Netanyahu’s 44 Seconds of Silence at the UN

Netanyahu’s 44 Seconds of Silence at the UN

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What is the value of spending our time on lost causes?


Explaining Hitler, Again

Explaining Hitler, Again

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Beware of explanations which project our own preconceptions and agendas.


Jewish Lives Matter

Jewish Lives Matter

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The deal is written but it is not yet sealed.


The Jewish Year

The Jewish Year

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Using the 12 months of the Hebrew calendar as a map for personal growth.


The Wall Street Crash and the Torah

The Wall Street Crash and the Torah

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Another wake-up call just in time for Elul.


Jimmy Carter’s Cancer

Jimmy Carter’s Cancer

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Don’t presume to know that his illness is a result of his anti-Semitic views.


There’s No Crying In Baseball!

There’s No Crying In Baseball!

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The significance of Wilmer Flores’ tears.


Jews in Hitler’s Stadium

Jews in Hitler’s Stadium

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The significance of this year’s European Maccabi Games taking place in Berlin.


Atticus Finch and Fallen Heroes

Atticus Finch and Fallen Heroes

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If we stop believing in heroes there’s no hope for us ever to become like them.


The Iran Deal and the Hebrew Calendar

The Iran Deal and the Hebrew Calendar

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It’s no accident that the deal was finalized only last week.


Omar Sharif and the Jews

Omar Sharif and the Jews

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The Arab boycott against the actor and its contemporary sequel.


Born in Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Born in Jerusalem, ISRAEL

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Despite the ruling of the Supreme Court, my great granddaughter was born in Jerusalem, in the country of Israel.


Never Too Old

Never Too Old

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At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport just passed her oral exam for her doctorate that the Nazis prevented her from getting.


The New Pew Report and the Ten Commandments

The New Pew Report and the Ten Commandments

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Are the Ten Commandments in trouble?


Civil Disobedience: Baltimore and the Bible

Civil Disobedience: Baltimore and the Bible

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We must speak out against wrongs, but only justice – by way of justice – is legitimate.


The Trial of Oskar Groening

The Trial of Oskar Groening

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Justice is not being served.


Israel & FDR’s Secret Correspondence with the Saudi King

Israel & FDR’s Secret Correspondence with the...

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FDR did not support the creation of Israel. Destiny had other plans.


Passover & Jewish Destiny

Passover & Jewish Destiny

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Matzah symbolizes hope, especially this year.


Selma and the Jews

Selma and the Jews

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In our time of increasing anti-Semitism, understanding between blacks and Jews needs to be strengthened.


Bibi’s Breach of Protocol

Bibi’s Breach of Protocol

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Echoes of Queen Esther who broke protocol in the face of an Iranian threat to destroy her people.


Jordan’s “Disproportionate Response”

Jordan’s “Disproportionate Response”

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No people threatened by an aggressor and fighting for their existence has been vilified for using their full forces to prevail, except Israel.


Brian Williams, Lying & the Media

Brian Williams, Lying & the Media

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Brian Williams is getting the condemnation he deserves. Why isn’t The New York Times?


Auschwitz: Past and Present

Auschwitz: Past and Present

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Now is the time for every Jew to pledge active involvement in confronting the growing threat of anti-Semitism.


Charlie Hebdo: All Is Forgiven?

Charlie Hebdo: All Is Forgiven?

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Forgiving those who actively continue to seek your death is just another form of suicide.


Stephen Hawking and the Golem

Stephen Hawking and the Golem

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A cautionary tale about artificial intelligence.


Sony's Surrender to Terror

Sony's Surrender to Terror

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The greatest enemy of civilization is appeasement to evil.


Exodus & Hollywood

Exodus & Hollywood

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Why the new film is a disgrace.


Miracles, Human and Divine

Miracles, Human and Divine

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Like the days of Hanukkah, we are witnessing miracles today.


The Jerusalem Massacre

The Jerusalem Massacre

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Even tragedies have degrees.


Brittany Maynard’s Tragic Death

Brittany Maynard’s Tragic Death

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A Jewish perspective on assisted suicide.


Aspergery

Aspergery

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The derogatory term, used by an unnamed official in the White House, has no place in civil discourse.


Quarantining Ebola

Quarantining Ebola

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A contemporary lesson from the Torah’s application of quarantine.


Money, Sukkot & Affluenza

Money, Sukkot & Affluenza

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Sukkot and the sabbatical year teach us the Jewish perspective on wealth and happiness.


Yom Kippur and the Secret to a Happy Life

Yom Kippur and the Secret to a Happy Life

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The connection between envy and the holiest day of the year.


The Book of Life After 75

The Book of Life After 75

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Growing old is a blessing, not a curse.


The Ray Rice Video

The Ray Rice Video

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We are all caught on tape. A timely Rosh Hashanah lesson.


The Truth about Eichmann

The Truth about Eichmann

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Hannah Arendt was wrong. Eichmann wasn’t a mediocre bureaucrat embodying the banality of evil. He was a fanatically dedicated Nazi.