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.

Click here to purchase Rabbi Blech’s new book, Hope Not Fear: Changing the Way We View Death.


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.

The Iran Deal and the Hebrew Calendar

It’s no accident that the deal was finalized only last week.

Omar Sharif and the Jews

The Arab boycott against the actor and its contemporary sequel.

Born in Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Despite the ruling of the Supreme Court, my great granddaughter was born in Jerusalem, in the country of Israel.

Never Too Old

At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport just passed her oral exam for her doctorate that the Nazis prevented her from getting.

Civil Disobedience: Baltimore and the Bible

We must speak out against wrongs, but only justice – by way of justice – is legitimate.

The Trial of Oskar Groening

Justice is not being served.

Israel & FDR’s Secret Correspondence with the Saudi King

FDR did not support the creation of Israel. Destiny had other plans.

Passover & Jewish Destiny

Matzah symbolizes hope, especially this year.

Selma and the Jews

In our time of increasing anti-Semitism, understanding between blacks and Jews needs to be strengthened.

Bibi’s Breach of Protocol

Echoes of Queen Esther who broke protocol in the face of an Iranian threat to destroy her people.

Jordan’s “Disproportionate Response”

No people threatened by an aggressor and fighting for their existence has been vilified for using their full forces to prevail, except Israel.

Brian Williams, Lying & the Media

Brian Williams is getting the condemnation he deserves. Why isn’t The New York Times?

Auschwitz: Past and Present

Now is the time for every Jew to pledge active involvement in confronting the growing threat of anti-Semitism.

Charlie Hebdo: All Is Forgiven?

Forgiving those who actively continue to seek your death is just another form of suicide.

Stephen Hawking and the Golem

A cautionary tale about artificial intelligence.

Sony's Surrender to Terror

The greatest enemy of civilization is appeasement to evil.

Exodus & Hollywood

Why the new film is a disgrace.

Miracles, Human and Divine

Like the days of Hanukkah, we are witnessing miracles today.

The Jerusalem Massacre

Even tragedies have degrees.

Brittany Maynard’s Tragic Death

A Jewish perspective on assisted suicide.

Aspergery

The derogatory term, used by an unnamed official in the White House, has no place in civil discourse.

Quarantining Ebola

A contemporary lesson from the Torah’s application of quarantine.

Money, Sukkot & Affluenza

Sukkot and the sabbatical year teach us the Jewish perspective on wealth and happiness.

Yom Kippur and the Secret to a Happy Life

The connection between envy and the holiest day of the year.

The Book of Life After 75

Growing old is a blessing, not a curse.

The Ray Rice Video

We are all caught on tape. A timely Rosh Hashanah lesson.

The Truth about Eichmann

Hannah Arendt was wrong. Eichmann wasn’t a mediocre bureaucrat embodying the banality of evil. He was a fanatically dedicated Nazi.

Three Things We Should Never Say Before Rosh Hashanah

Three phrases in the news that will help us prepare for Rosh Hashanah.

Why They Were Beheaded

The profound meaning of this gruesome death.

The Tragic Death of Daniel Tragerman

A timely message from the Book of Daniel.

ISIS, Jim Foley & Confronting Evil

It's not enough to condemn evil; it must be confronted and conquered.

Robin Williams’ Suicide

A Jewish perspective on the tragedy of suicide.

Hollywood and Hamas

Be careful what you wish for.

With Rifle and Baby in Hand

Hamas’ perversely brilliant strategy in using human shields should serve as a wakeup call to all of humanity.

J’Accuse

It is time for Jews to say to the New York Times: we’ve had enough.

The Anti-Zionism Lie

They are not shouting “Death to the Israelis” on the streets of Paris. They are screaming “Death to the Jews.”

Hamas’s Secret Weapon

Hamas counts on Jewish compassion to compensate for their weakness.

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