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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.

4. Mechanics of Change

4. Mechanics of Change

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The Jew stands in self-judgment in an act of personal improvement.


3. Original Sin

3. Original Sin

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The path to spiritual wholeness, post-Adam and Eve.


Passover and the Zodiac

Passover and the Zodiac

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Slaughtering the Pascal lamb represented breaking free from predetermined forces beyond our control.


Noah à la Hollywood

Noah à la Hollywood

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The movie is a distortion of the Torah.


2. The Key to Change

2. The Key to Change

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Debunking the concept of vicarious atonement.


1. Religion: Deed or Creed?

1. Religion: Deed or Creed?

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Exploring what is the definition of a “good Jew.”


Suing Parents

Suing Parents

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Children went from being our employees to our bosses, replacing responsibility with entitlement.


Purim and Serendipity

Purim and Serendipity

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How to find God.


Nazi Collaborator or Hero?

Nazi Collaborator or Hero?

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Claude Lansmann’s film, The Last of the Unjust, explores the moral ramifications of Benjamin Murmelstein’s pact with the devil.


The Three Greatest Mistakes People Make About Love

The Three Greatest Mistakes People Make About Love

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No one falls out of love.


Six Million Jews

Six Million Jews

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Can the Holocaust be told using just one word: Jew?


Good Riddance Day

Good Riddance Day

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A new custom for removing trash from your life echoes the burning of chametz before Passover. The similarity is no accident.


Michelangelo & the Meaning of the New Year

Michelangelo & the Meaning of the New Year

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5774 or 2014? The theological debate behind the artist’s masterpiece.


Selfies: The Word of the Year

Selfies: The Word of the Year

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An apt description of our generation.


Thanksgivukkah

Thanksgivukkah

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The similarities – and essential differences – between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.


Poland, Women & the Holocaust

Poland, Women & the Holocaust

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Three groundbreaking works reveal disturbing facts about the perpetrators of genocide.


The Vanishing American Jew?

The Vanishing American Jew?

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The recent Pew Report on Jewish identity is a wake-up call for all of us.


Putin and the Torah

Putin and the Torah

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Rejoicing with the Torah because it is an exceptional book that has made us exceptional.


The Good Gene

The Good Gene

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Attaining at-onement this Yom Kippur.


Jews Don’t Say Happy New Year

Jews Don’t Say Happy New Year

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What’s the best wish for the new year?


No Children Please

No Children Please

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What are couples who choose not to have children missing out on?


Malala at the United Nations

Malala at the United Nations

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Books and pens are our most powerful weapons.


Elderly & Chinese Law

Elderly & Chinese Law

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For American parents it’s very often no more than a fantasy, but it’s now the law in China.


Hollywood and the Holocaust

Hollywood and the Holocaust

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A controversial new book reveals new evidence of Jewish movie moguls’ collaboration with Nazis.


The Blessing of Failure

The Blessing of Failure

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If we learn from an experience, there is no such thing as failure.


We’re All Number One

We’re All Number One

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Choosing more than one valedictorian distorts the value of equality.


Surveillance and Privacy

Surveillance and Privacy

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Every moment is being recorded for posterity.


The 10 Commandments for Our Times

The 10 Commandments for Our Times

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Now more than ever, the world can benefit from the Decalogue’s contemporary lessons.


Calling Terrorism by Its Name

Calling Terrorism by Its Name

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Why the Boston massacre can happen again.


Jackie Robinson and the Jew

Jackie Robinson and the Jew

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The love for my team, made me appreciate the love for my people.


Judaism & the Power of Names

Judaism & the Power of Names

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Your name is the key to your soul.


Herzl’s Mistake

Herzl’s Mistake

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Israel & the real reason for anti-Semitism.


Obama’s Seder

Obama’s Seder

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A Passover message for the president.


Four New Questions for Your Seder

Four New Questions for Your Seder

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Sparking discussion on some of Passover’s most important themes.


Choosing a Pope

Choosing a Pope

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It happens in the Sistine Chapel, which was designed to be a copy of the holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.


The New Holocaust Discoveries

The New Holocaust Discoveries

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With more than 42,000 ghettos and concentration camps scattered throughout Europe, almost everyone had to know what was happening.


Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor

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And the Oscar goes to Mordechai…. and you!


Farewell to Pope Benedict

Farewell to Pope Benedict

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Despite some disappointments, he moved the strained Christian-Jewish relations one step closer.


Valentine’s Day Love

Valentine’s Day Love

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Does the word “love” still mean anything?


Ed Koch’s Tombstone

Ed Koch’s Tombstone

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My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.


Endangered: Jewish Genius

Endangered: Jewish Genius

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Why has there been a dramatic, recent decline in the academic performance of American Jews?


Les Misérables and the Bible

Les Misérables and the Bible

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Reconciling God’s attribute of Justice with Mercy.


Jews and War

Jews and War

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The Maccabees realized that there is a time to fight.


What Was Saved from the Hurricane

What Was Saved from the Hurricane

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What’s the most precious thing we own?


Heroes Everywhere

Heroes Everywhere

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Why did Hurricane Sandy suddenly turn average citizens into heroes?


Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy

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Why the key to rain remains in God’s hands.


Jews & Birthdays

Jews & Birthdays

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Why I won’t be celebrating my birthday.


The Shul with the Coffin

The Shul with the Coffin

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The secret to living without regret.


The Lance Armstrong Tragedy

The Lance Armstrong Tragedy

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A timely lesson for all of us.


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