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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 rabbibenjaminblech.com.

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.


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.


Haggadah Insights to Share at the Seder

Haggadah Insights to Share at the Seder

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Some meaningful ideas to share with family and guests.


Brussels & the Israeli Occupation

Brussels & the Israeli Occupation

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When will the world realize that Islamic terror has nothing to do with Israel?


Purim Then, Iran Today

Purim Then, Iran Today

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Persia is today’s Iran, our present day Haman who seeks our destruction.


Mein Kampf and Anne Frank's Diary

Mein Kampf and Anne Frank's Diary

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It’s no accident that the two books, epitomes of the depth of evil and the heights of virtue, are now in the public domain.


The Best Way to Say I Love You

The Best Way to Say I Love You

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And it's not through an expensive box of chocolates or diamond earrings.


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.