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.


Ed Koch’s Tombstone

My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.

Endangered: Jewish Genius

Why has there been a dramatic, recent decline in the academic performance of American Jews?

Les Misérables and the Bible

Reconciling God’s attribute of Justice with Mercy.

Jews and War

The Maccabees realized that there is a time to fight.

What Was Saved from the Hurricane

What’s the most precious thing we own?

Heroes Everywhere

Why did Hurricane Sandy suddenly turn average citizens into heroes?

Hurricane Sandy

Why the key to rain remains in God’s hands.

Jews & Birthdays

Why I won’t be celebrating my birthday.

The Shul with the Coffin

The secret to living without regret.

The Lance Armstrong Tragedy

A timely lesson for all of us.

Look in the Mirror

Strengthening our spiritual muscles as preparation for Rosh Hashanah.

Defining Success: Steve Jobs or Bill Gates?

What will you leave behind: an inheritance or a legacy?

Outsourcing Life

A look behind the new phenomenon of mourners for hire and friends for rent.

How to Die

The doctor wasn’t smiling. “There’s no way I can sugarcoat it. You have a rare, fatal disease and there is no known cure.”

The Cult of Self Esteem

In real life, not everyone is a winner.

The Facebook Fiasco

You don’t need to be religious to appreciate the dangers of the Internet.

The 5 Most Important Things to Know About Passover

Our greatest contributions to the world summarized in five words: memory, optimism, faith, family, and responsibility.

The Tragedy In Toulouse

To be a Jew is to be a magnet for hatred, no matter how unjustified and irrational.

Egypt, Iran & the Passover Miracle

God may guarantee the survival of the Jewish people, but individually, the existential threat is alarmingly real.

Too Many Options

The marriage crisis and why singles today don't want to commit.

That Sinking Feeling

The tragedy of the Costa Concordia.

Steve Jobs' Last Words

The most important quote of the year.

Assimilation & the Chanukah Oil

Understanding the meaning of the Chanukah battle, a war unlike any other.

3 Secrets to a Long and Happy Marriage

How to be happily married for more than 50 years.

Jews and Thanksgiving

Why the whole world should be Jewish.

Yom Kippur: The Blessing of Failure

Recognizing our shortcomings is the only way to achieve success in life.

Shana Tova?

Can we be optimistic about the coming new year?

9/11: Forgive and Forget?

We are not the ones who have the right to make that decision.

My Encounter with Hemingway

Judaism is a religion of life.

Death, My Companion

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?

Our daily business ethics speak far louder than the words we utter in synagogue.

In Memory of Leiby Kletzky

There are no words, only tears.

Insulting God

Don't be afraid to ask.

Sinai for Non-Jews

What makes the giving of the Torah so universally relevant and necessary?

Von Trier's Cannes Controversy

Does art stand apart from the artist? What if the artist is Hitler?

The Day Osama Died

Does Bin Laden's death bring a sense of closure? It better not.

The Royal Wedding

Respect for royalty is a training ground for worship of the Almighty.

Freedom Without Limits?

“Let my people go” is only half the story.

Japan's Black Swan

What could go wrong? The significance of unexpected events in history.

My Personal Purim Miracle

I'll never forget the moment I was just a prop used in a larger, cosmic drama.

God's Inception

The Oscars, Judaism and the power of dreams.

A Jewish Valentines Day

Love is the ultimate mitzvah.

Egypt, Again

How the country's turmoil resonates with a striking biblical parallel.

Israel's Presidential Scandal

Israel has not forgotten the biblical message that even the mighty are culpable for their crimes.

The Mark Madoff Tragedy

Do the sins of the fathers get transmitted to the children?

Is Christmas Good For the Jews?

The greatest challenge to our faith is not another faith, but faithlessness.

WikiLeaks

Does the fact that something is true always justify its being made public?

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