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.

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.


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

Chanukah and Burnout

Why didn't God simply give the Jews an eight-day supply of oil?


I contacted the scammer in Nigeria who stole my email account and he actually replied.

Miner Miracle

Confronting the struggle between this world and the next.

The Social Network

The genesis of Facebook has its source in the Book of Genesis.

The Star of David and the Mosque

It's no accident that the NYC mosque is covered with the Jewish symbol.

When the Holidays Are Over

The most important days of the year are about to begin.

A Film Unfinished

The contemporary relevance of a discarded Nazi propaganda film.

Ten Questions for Ten Days

How to prepare for the High Holy Days.

Facebook Friends

Are we forgetting what it means to have a real friend?

The Curse of Plenty

Why Israel wasn't blessed with an abundance of oil.

The Oil Spill

A good name is more precious than all the oil in the world.

Start at the Bottom

John Wooden and his remarkable shoelace lesson.

When Apologies Aren’t Enough

Why we should not forgive Helen Thomas.

Law and Order

My brush with TV stardom taught me that there’s very little reality in television.

The Buried Seder Plate

The tragic fate of one survivor's remarkable heirloom.

Modern Miracles

Coincidence is God's way of choosing to remain anonymous.

Avatar and the Jews

The connections with Torah and Hebrew words are just too frequent and striking to be accidental.

The Tefillin Bomb

The irony of tefillin threatening the lives of innocent people.

Haiti and Israel

Why Israel gives humanitarian aid whether or not it is appreciated or acknowledged.

Tiger Woods and Chanukah

Is a beautiful golf swing enough to make you a hero?

Cruel Comfort

Dos and don'ts at a shiva house.

Life after Death

What matters most is maximizing our life before death.

Bernie & The Godfather

Two contemporary morality tales convey the same important message.

A Serious Man

If only the Coen brothers were serious.

It’s A Wonderful Life

The film's powerful Rosh Hashanah message.


Releasing the Lockerbie bomber is a perversion of morality.

No Bread

Passover & four questions for a financial crisis.

My Encounter with the Pope

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

Passover & four questions for a financial crisis.

Why Seven Is Holy

On Shabbat, we shut out the world so we can hear our soul.

Kristallnacht: Murder by Euphemism

To remember Kristallnacht properly, we must first renounce its German-given name.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

This well-meaning book ends up distorting the Holocaust.

Your Money or Your Life

As a generation blessed with abundant wealth, Sukkot ensures that we keep our priorities straight.

The Michelangelo Code

Is the Sistine Chapel the site for the greatest subversive act in the history of art?

The Tsunami and God

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

God as a cosmic bellhop.

A Flawed "Mighty Heart"

The film's message is antithetical to the real meaning of Daniel Pearl's murder.

The Golden Compass Controversy

Should this film be boycotted?

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