About the Author


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. He is the author of 19 highly acclaimed books with combined sales of over a half million copies, A much sought after speaker, he is available as scholar in residence in your community. See his website at rabbibenjaminblech.com.


The Year the Maccabees Were Banned From the Temple

Mount Moriah, the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter have been deemed off-limits to Israelis by last week’s UN edict.

Hanukkah & Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

May the Maccabees’ fire of idealism guide us to create a united Jerusalem recognized by all people as Israel’s capital.

When Christmas Meets Hanukkah

Jews differ with Christians on many critical points of theology, but we can focus on the threat we equally face for our survival.

Forgiving Ralph Branca

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

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

If only the two candidates would have taken the great rabbi’s lesson to heart.

UNESCO’s Historical Revisionism

It is pointless to argue with those who happily pervert reality in the service of their profoundly held prejudices.

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

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

Quality is more important than its quantity.

Wells Fargo and Taking Full Responsibility

The confession “I take full responsibility” should not become a meaningless expression that makes a mockery of repentance.

Knowing Your Life Matters

On Rosh Hashanah, identify your unique mission and responsibility to live a life filled with purpose.

Remembering 9/11: Five Important Lessons

Because those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

Ryan Lochte's Non-Apology

Judaism and the lost art of true repentance.

The Olympics’ Jewish Message

What a difference a fraction of a second makes!

When the Victims of Terror Are Not Jews

The terrorism of Nice and the world's select outrage.

Tel Aviv & Orlando: The Big Difference

Imagine the naming of parks, institutions and sporting events in honor of Omar Mateen.

The Orlando Massacre: A Hate Crime against Man and God

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

Separate swimming hours to accommodate religious sensitivities provokes hypocritical response.

Killing Harambe: The Cincinnati Zoo Tragedy

It was a choice between a human life and an animal life.

Lag B’Omer: Better than Love

How do we understand the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s students?

Hiroshima, the White House and Israel

Those who instigate war need to pay the price for their evil. Unless it’s waged against Jews.

“Smelly Jews” and Harvard

The student’s offensive remark was not only anti-Semitic, it violated the sanctity of all human beings.

The $13 Million Seder

Baseball player Adam LaRoche's stunning lesson about family and its connection to Passover.

Haggadah Insights to Share at the Seder

Some meaningful ideas to share with family and guests.

Brussels & the Israeli Occupation

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

Purim Then, Iran Today

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

Mein Kampf and Anne Frank's Diary

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

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

The Oil Crash and Israel

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

The Biggest Sports Mistake of the Year

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

The San Bernardino Massacre And Prayer

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

Never Give Up Hope

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

Jonathan Pollard’s Final Punishment

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

The Paris Massacre

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

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

5 Greatest Gifts of Being a Jew

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

Killing Baby Hitler: A Jewish Response

One must differentiate between potential and actual evil.

The Stabbings in Israel

Calling evil by its rightful name.

Netanyahu’s 44 Seconds of Silence at the UN

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

Explaining Hitler, Again

Beware of explanations which project our own preconceptions and agendas.

Jewish Lives Matter

The deal is written but it is not yet sealed.

The Jewish Year

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

The Wall Street Crash and the Torah

Another wake-up call just in time for Elul.

Jimmy Carter’s Cancer

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

There’s No Crying In Baseball!

The significance of Wilmer Flores’ tears.

Jews in Hitler’s Stadium

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

Atticus Finch and Fallen Heroes

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

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