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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 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.


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.


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