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.


16. Are We Close to the Messianic Era?

This world has a warranty, destined to expire.

15. God's Goodness

A medicine may be bitter, but it is not bad.

12. Enjoy Life on This Earth

According to the effort is the reward.

11. Life Above All

The result of observing mitzvot is good health.

10. The Issue of Martyrdom

Three Jewish laws are better to die than to transgress.

9. Lashes: Barbaric or Humane?

Jewish law regards jail as an inhumane punishment.

8. Measure for Measure

God directly links a person's actions to the nature of the reward and punishment.

7. The First Exception

Without God in the picture, morality is relative.

6. Reward for a Mitzvah

God wants us to serve Him out of love.

5. The Most Important Mitzvah

Removing one little piece may ruin the whole picture.

4. Mechanics of Change

The Jew stands in self-judgment in an act of personal improvement.

3. Original Sin

The path to spiritual wholeness, post-Adam and Eve.

Passover and the Zodiac

Slaughtering the Pascal lamb represented breaking free from predetermined forces beyond our control.

Noah à la Hollywood

The movie is a distortion of the Torah.

2. The Key to Change

Debunking the concept of vicarious atonement.

1. Religion: Deed or Creed?

Exploring what is the definition of a “good Jew.”

Suing Parents

Children went from being our employees to our bosses, replacing responsibility with entitlement.

Nazi Collaborator or Hero?

Claude Lansmann’s film, The Last of the Unjust, explores the moral ramifications of Benjamin Murmelstein’s pact with the devil.

Six Million Jews

Can the Holocaust be told using just one word: Jew?

Good Riddance Day

A new custom for removing trash from your life echoes the burning of chametz before Passover. The similarity is no accident.

Michelangelo & the Meaning of the New Year

5774 or 2014? The theological debate behind the artist’s masterpiece.

Selfies: The Word of the Year

An apt description of our generation.

Thanksgivukkah

The similarities – and essential differences – between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Poland, Women & the Holocaust

Three groundbreaking works reveal disturbing facts about the perpetrators of genocide.

The Vanishing American Jew?

The recent Pew Report on Jewish identity is a wake-up call for all of us.

Putin and the Torah

Rejoicing with the Torah because it is an exceptional book that has made us exceptional.

The Good Gene

Attaining at-onement this Yom Kippur.

Jews Don’t Say Happy New Year

What’s the best wish for the new year?

No Children Please

What are couples who choose not to have children missing out on?

Malala at the United Nations

Books and pens are our most powerful weapons.

Elderly & Chinese Law

For American parents it’s very often no more than a fantasy, but it’s now the law in China.

Hollywood and the Holocaust

A controversial new book reveals new evidence of Jewish movie moguls’ collaboration with Nazis.

The Blessing of Failure

If we learn from an experience, there is no such thing as failure.

We’re All Number One

Choosing more than one valedictorian distorts the value of equality.

Surveillance and Privacy

Every moment is being recorded for posterity.

The 10 Commandments for Our Times

Now more than ever, the world can benefit from the Decalogue’s contemporary lessons.

Calling Terrorism by Its Name

Why the Boston massacre can happen again.

Jackie Robinson and the Jew

The love for my team, made me appreciate the love for my people.

Judaism & the Power of Names

Your name is the key to your soul.

Herzl’s Mistake

Israel & the real reason for anti-Semitism.

Obama’s Seder

A Passover message for the president.

Four New Questions for Your Seder

Sparking discussion on some of Passover’s most important themes.

Choosing a Pope

It happens in the Sistine Chapel, which was designed to be a copy of the holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

The New Holocaust Discoveries

With more than 42,000 ghettos and concentration camps scattered throughout Europe, almost everyone had to know what was happening.

Best Supporting Actor

And the Oscar goes to Mordechai…. and you!

Farewell to Pope Benedict

Despite some disappointments, he moved the strained Christian-Jewish relations one step closer.

Valentine’s Day Love

Does the word “love” still mean anything?

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