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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.

How to Die

How to Die

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The doctor wasn’t smiling. “There’s no way I can sugarcoat it. You have a rare, fatal disease and there is no known cure.”


The Cult of Self Esteem

The Cult of Self Esteem

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In real life, not everyone is a winner.


The Facebook Fiasco

The Facebook Fiasco

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You don’t need to be religious to appreciate the dangers of the Internet.


The 5 Most Important Things to Know About Passover

The 5 Most Important Things to Know About Passover

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Our greatest contributions to the world summarized in five words: memory, optimism, faith, family, and responsibility.


The Tragedy In Toulouse

The Tragedy In Toulouse

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To be a Jew is to be a magnet for hatred, no matter how unjustified and irrational.


Egypt, Iran & the Passover Miracle

Egypt, Iran & the Passover Miracle

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God may guarantee the survival of the Jewish people, but individually, the existential threat is alarmingly real.


Too Many Options

Too Many Options

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The marriage crisis and why singles today don't want to commit.


That Sinking Feeling

That Sinking Feeling

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The tragedy of the Costa Concordia.


Steve Jobs' Last Words

Steve Jobs' Last Words

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The most important quote of the year.


Assimilation & the Chanukah Oil

Assimilation & the Chanukah Oil

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Understanding the meaning of the Chanukah battle, a war unlike any other.


3 Secrets to a Long and Happy Marriage

3 Secrets to a Long and Happy Marriage

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How to be happily married for more than 50 years.


Jews and Thanksgiving

Jews and Thanksgiving

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Why the whole world should be Jewish.


Wealth & the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Wealth & the Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Rich people are not the enemy.


Looking for Happiness in all the Wrong Places

Looking for Happiness in all the Wrong Places

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Sukkot is here and the search is over.


Yom Kippur: The Blessing of Failure

Yom Kippur: The Blessing of Failure

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Recognizing our shortcomings is the only way to achieve success in life.


Shana Tova?

Shana Tova?

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Can we be optimistic about the coming new year?


9/11: Forgive and Forget?

9/11: Forgive and Forget?

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We are not the ones who have the right to make that decision.


My Encounter with Hemingway

My Encounter with Hemingway

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Judaism is a religion of life.


Death, My Companion

Death, My Companion

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The doctor told me I had a fatal disease, and at age 77 I realized I'm actually going to die.


Are Business Ethics an Oxymoron?

Are Business Ethics an Oxymoron?

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Our daily business ethics speak far louder than the words we utter in synagogue.


In Memory of Leiby Kletzky

In Memory of Leiby Kletzky

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There are no words, only tears.


Insulting God

Insulting God

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Don't be afraid to ask.


Sinai for Non-Jews

Sinai for Non-Jews

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What makes the giving of the Torah so universally relevant and necessary?


Von Trier's Cannes Controversy

Von Trier's Cannes Controversy

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Does art stand apart from the artist? What if the artist is Hitler?


The Day Osama Died

The Day Osama Died

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Does Bin Laden's death bring a sense of closure? It better not.


The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding

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Respect for royalty is a training ground for worship of the Almighty.


Freedom Without Limits?

Freedom Without Limits?

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“Let my people go” is only half the story.


Japan's Black Swan

Japan's Black Swan

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What could go wrong? The significance of unexpected events in history.


The Archenemy of Happiness

The Archenemy of Happiness

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More is never enough.


My Personal Purim Miracle

My Personal Purim Miracle

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I'll never forget the moment I was just a prop used in a larger, cosmic drama.


God's Inception

God's Inception

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The Oscars, Judaism and the power of dreams.


A Jewish Valentines Day

A Jewish Valentines Day

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Love is the ultimate mitzvah.


Egypt, Again

Egypt, Again

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How the country's turmoil resonates with a striking biblical parallel.


Israel's Presidential Scandal

Israel's Presidential Scandal

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Israel has not forgotten the biblical message that even the mighty are culpable for their crimes.


The Mark Madoff Tragedy

The Mark Madoff Tragedy

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Do the sins of the fathers get transmitted to the children?


Is Christmas Good For the Jews?

Is Christmas Good For the Jews?

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The greatest challenge to our faith is not another faith, but faithlessness.


WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks

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Does the fact that something is true always justify its being made public?


Chanukah and Burnout

Chanukah and Burnout

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Why didn't God simply give the Jews an eight-day supply of oil?


Hacked

Hacked

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I contacted the scammer in Nigeria who stole my email account and he actually replied.


Miner Miracle

Miner Miracle

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Confronting the struggle between this world and the next.


The Social Network

The Social Network

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The genesis of Facebook has its source in the Book of Genesis.


The Star of David and the Mosque

The Star of David and the Mosque

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It's no accident that the NYC mosque is covered with the Jewish symbol.


When the Holidays Are Over

When the Holidays Are Over

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The most important days of the year are about to begin.


Yom Kippur and the 10th Commandment

Yom Kippur and the 10th Commandment

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The secret to a happy life.


A Film Unfinished

A Film Unfinished

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The contemporary relevance of a discarded Nazi propaganda film.


Ten Questions for Ten Days

Ten Questions for Ten Days

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How to prepare for the High Holy Days.


Facebook Friends

Facebook Friends

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Are we forgetting what it means to have a real friend?


The Curse of Plenty

The Curse of Plenty

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Why Israel wasn't blessed with an abundance of oil.


The Oil Spill

The Oil Spill

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A good name is more precious than all the oil in the world.


Start at the Bottom

Start at the Bottom

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John Wooden and his remarkable shoelace lesson.


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