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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.

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.


Three Things We Should Never Say Before Rosh Hashanah

Three Things We Should Never Say Before Rosh...

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Three phrases in the news that will help us prepare for Rosh Hashanah.


Why They Were Beheaded

Why They Were Beheaded

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The profound meaning of this gruesome death.


The Tragic Death of Daniel Tragerman

The Tragic Death of Daniel Tragerman

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A timely message from the Book of Daniel.


ISIS, Jim Foley & Confronting Evil

ISIS, Jim Foley & Confronting Evil

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It's not enough to condemn evil; it must be confronted and conquered.


Robin Williams’ Suicide

Robin Williams’ Suicide

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A Jewish perspective on the tragedy of suicide.


Hollywood and Hamas

Hollywood and Hamas

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Be careful what you wish for.


With Rifle and Baby in Hand

With Rifle and Baby in Hand

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Hamas’ perversely brilliant strategy in using human shields should serve as a wakeup call to all of humanity.


J’Accuse

J’Accuse

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It is time for Jews to say to the New York Times: we’ve had enough.


The Anti-Zionism Lie

The Anti-Zionism Lie

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They are not shouting “Death to the Israelis” on the streets of Paris. They are screaming “Death to the Jews.”


Hamas’s Secret Weapon

Hamas’s Secret Weapon

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Hamas counts on Jewish compassion to compensate for their weakness.


Mourning Together

Mourning Together

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We are a people who treasure life, surrounded by those who revere death.


What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

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Out of the blue, the Rebbe summoned me. He wanted to send me on a challenging mission.


The Three Boys & the World

The Three Boys & the World

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We are indeed one family. And one that dwells alone.


The 10 Commandments Today

The 10 Commandments Today

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Why we need them now more than ever.


Pope Francis’s Visit to Israel

Pope Francis’s Visit to Israel

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Christians and Jews face a common enemy: radical Islam.


18. Deed and Creed: Finale

18. Deed and Creed: Finale

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In order for redemption to come, we must first open the door.


17. Deeds of the Ancestors Foretell

17. Deeds of the Ancestors Foretell

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Seeing a replay of the Jacob period of Jewish history in our time.


16. Are We Close to the Messianic Era?

16. Are We Close to the Messianic Era?

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This world has a warranty, destined to expire.


15. God's Goodness

15. God's Goodness

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A medicine may be bitter, but it is not bad.


13. Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

13. Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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Exploring the nature of suffering.


12. Enjoy Life on This Earth

12. Enjoy Life on This Earth

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According to the effort is the reward.


11. Life Above All

11. Life Above All

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The result of observing mitzvot is good health.


10. The Issue of Martyrdom

10. The Issue of Martyrdom

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Three Jewish laws are better to die than to transgress.


9. Lashes: Barbaric or Humane?

9. Lashes: Barbaric or Humane?

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Jewish law regards jail as an inhumane punishment.


8. Measure for Measure

8. Measure for Measure

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God directly links a person's actions to the nature of the reward and punishment.