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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.

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.


When Apologies Aren’t Enough

When Apologies Aren’t Enough

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Why we should not forgive Helen Thomas.


Law and Order

Law and Order

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My brush with TV stardom taught me that there’s very little reality in television.


The Buried Seder Plate

The Buried Seder Plate

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The tragic fate of one survivor's remarkable heirloom.


Modern Miracles

Modern Miracles

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Coincidence is God's way of choosing to remain anonymous.


Avatar and the Jews

Avatar and the Jews

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The connections with Torah and Hebrew words are just too frequent and striking to be accidental.


The Tefillin Bomb

The Tefillin Bomb

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The irony of tefillin threatening the lives of innocent people.


Haiti and Israel

Haiti and Israel

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Why Israel gives humanitarian aid whether or not it is appreciated or acknowledged.


Tiger Woods and Chanukah

Tiger Woods and Chanukah

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Is a beautiful golf swing enough to make you a hero?


Cruel Comfort

Cruel Comfort

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Dos and don'ts at a shiva house.


Life after Death

Life after Death

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What matters most is maximizing our life before death.


Bernie & The Godfather

Bernie & The Godfather

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Two contemporary morality tales convey the same important message.


A Serious Man

A Serious Man

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If only the Coen brothers were serious.


It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life

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The film's powerful Rosh Hashanah message.


Compassion-itis

Compassion-itis

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Releasing the Lockerbie bomber is a perversion of morality.


No Bread

No Bread

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Passover & four questions for a financial crisis.


My Encounter with the Pope

My Encounter with the Pope

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Was I wrong at that moment to believe it's at last possible to cast off centuries of mistrust, misunderstanding and religious intolerance?


No Bread

No Bread

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Passover & four questions for a financial crisis.


Why Seven Is Holy

Why Seven Is Holy

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On Shabbat, we shut out the world so we can hear our soul.


Kristallnacht: Murder by Euphemism

Kristallnacht: Murder by Euphemism

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To remember Kristallnacht properly, we must first renounce its German-given name.


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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This well-meaning book ends up distorting the Holocaust.


Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life

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As a generation blessed with abundant wealth, Sukkot ensures that we keep our priorities straight.


The Michelangelo Code

The Michelangelo Code

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Is the Sistine Chapel the site for the greatest subversive act in the history of art?


The Tsunami and God

The Tsunami and God

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Let our primary question in the wake of this tragedy be not "Why did it happen?" but rather "What can I do to help?"


"The Secret" Revealed

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God as a cosmic bellhop.


A Flawed

A Flawed "Mighty Heart"

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The film's message is antithetical to the real meaning of Daniel Pearl's murder.


The Golden Compass Controversy

The Golden Compass Controversy

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Should this film be boycotted?


Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains

Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains

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The film is as painful to watch as your last root canal, without the benefit of gaining something positive from the experience.


For God's Sake

For God's Sake

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The challenge of our age: not to desecrate God's holy name with acts that profane all that He stands for.


Jews and Power

Jews and Power

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If Jews are so smart, how come we are so stupid?


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