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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.

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?


Uniqueness of the Holocaust

Uniqueness of the Holocaust

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What makes this different from any other event in history?


Judgment Day on Wall Street

Judgment Day on Wall Street

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Is Wall Street sending us a Rosh Hashanah message?


Six Million: The Problem With Numbers

Six Million: The Problem With Numbers

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Do the enormous numbers of the Holocaust depersonalize it?


Where Was God in Virginia Tech?

Where Was God in Virginia Tech?

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God's seeming indifference is in fact an expression of His greatest gift to mankind.


The Silence of the Lamb

The Silence of the Lamb

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Could the victims somehow be seen as accomplices in their own death?


The Madoff Madness

The Madoff Madness

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Honor and dishonor in the Jewish community.


The Fifth Question: Pessimist or Optimist?

The Fifth Question: Pessimist or Optimist?

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Passover is the story that answers man's existential quest for spiritual connection.


Nuremberg Trials: Pursuit of Justice

Nuremberg Trials: Pursuit of Justice

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What happens when there is a conflict between human values and the law of the land?


The Eichmann Trial

The Eichmann Trial

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The trial of the man who Hitler chose to carry out the "Final Solution".


Silence of the World

Silence of the World

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One of Hitler's greatest allies in the holocaust was the indifference of the world.


"The Da Vinci Code" and the Jews

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The controversial book highlights the fundamental differences between Judaism and Roman Catholicism.


When The Dow Goes Down

When The Dow Goes Down

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A Jewish perspective on the widening financial crisis.


When Bad Things Happen

When Bad Things Happen

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If God is good, why is the world so bad?


Greed

Greed

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Gordon Gekko is alive and well. Meet his rival.


Oprah's Choice

Oprah's Choice

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The powerful message of Elie Wiesel's Night.


Intermarriage and the N.Y. Times

Intermarriage and the N.Y. Times

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Is there ever any line that is crossed that calls for communal condemnation?


The Passion: The Movie and the Aftermath

The Passion: The Movie and the Aftermath

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Perhaps our best response to this Hollywood missionary effort is to look inward and take pride in the beauty of our own faith.


Mel Gibson and the Jews

Mel Gibson and the Jews

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His latest lethal weapon? Mel's film promises spiritual inspiration but instead evokes the kind of rage that for centuries past resulted in ruthless acts of retribution.


Condemning the Terrorists

Condemning the Terrorists

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September 11th and the danger of moral relativism.


Spielberg Phone Home

Spielberg Phone Home

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Munich is a distortion of truth and morality.


Are First Grade Kids Killers

Are First Grade Kids Killers

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The tragedy of a first grader killing his classmate should not cloud our vision of the greater picture which is always getting better.


Why 2K?

Why 2K?

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Worried about the Year 2K problem? Relax. The Jewish people already solved that 3,760 years ago.


If I Were a Rich Man

If I Were a Rich Man

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Losing a lot of money, just like suddenly making millions, forces you to confront your real priorities in life.


Envy

Envy

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Our obsession for acquiring wealth has far less to do with our personal wants than with our refusal to have less than others.