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.


Ok Boomer: Inter-Generational Warfare

More and more young people are thinking that the older generation are incapable of offering rational opinions.

The Difference between Success and Happiness

Sukkot and the shortage of psychiatrists in Silicon Valley.

My Personal Miracle

I am the recipient of one miracle. Now I’m hoping for another.

Elul: How to Realistically Change the World

Start by thinking small - and in that way change ourselves and our own world.

The Mass Shootings: Tisha B’Av in America

America needs a national day of introspection, reflection – and yes, repentance.

FaceApp: What You’ll Look Like 50 Years from Now

No app can really predict what you will look like in 50 years, because you haven’t finished creating it.

The Moon Landing, 50 Years Later

How can we explain mankind’s unquenchable thirst to discover what lies beyond our earthly home?

Messages from Your Loved Ones After They’re Gone

Obsessed with death, a child of a Holocaust survivor creates an app that enables you to leave meaningful messages to loved ones.

Harvard’s Mistake

Doesn’t Harvard believe in forgiveness and redemption?

Mount Everest and Mount Sinai

It is not the mountain that we conquer but it is ourselves.

The “New Germany” and the Kippah

The government’s recommendation not to wear a kippah everywhere is an appalling reminder of a Holocaust strategy that failed.

The Best and Worst Commencement Speech of 2019

Oprah’s wise words and hitting rock bottom at NYU.

Kate Smith and the Game of Thrones' Latte

A Starbucks latte in medieval England is merely ludicrous. Destroying lives and legacies without taking into account historic context is a far more serious distortion.

The Miracle of the Red Sea in Our Lives

How God lets us know that the events of our lives are not haphazard coincidence.

When Your Child is the Wicked Son

We need to have faith not only in the Almighty but faith in our children.

Zachary Baumel’s Burial

The entire nation came together to mourn.

Ilhan Omar, the Benjamins and Purim Today

The Purim story’s warning of enemies who seek our destruction assumes such powerful relevance today.

Should We Forgive the ISIS Women?

Mistakes should indeed be forgiven; crimes need to be punished.

Racism and Anti-Semitism: Why the Disparate Response?

Why does racism, even from decades ago, end careers, but blatant anti-Semitism gets a pass?

Ted Bundy, Revulsion and the Holocaust

Are we losing our ability to feel horror at the face of pure evil?

Defaming Martin Luther King

Michelle Alexander has given new meaning to the word chutzpah.

The New Gillette Ad: Be the Best Mensch You Can Be

Why Gillette’s new ad is creating quite a stir.

Saying No to Cremation

We should not do to ourselves what our enemies have done to us – to burn the last remnant and reminder of people we loved.

My Father, FDR and the Rabbis March

A Gallup poll omitted in new Holocaust exhibit shows that most Americans heard the voice of their consciences even though their President didn’t.

Why Hanukkah: 4 Insights Everyone Should Know

Including the meaning of the oil and why turning it into the Jewish Christmas as antithetical to the holiday.

Keeping American Jews Jewish

American Jews don’t have to fear hate as much as they have to fear love.

Forgiveness after the Pittsburgh Massacre

God does not forgive those who do not acknowledge that they did wrong and renounce the sinful behavior.

Why We Didn’t Win the Lottery

And the remarkable true story about the stolen winning lottery ticket.

The Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

A celebration of life in a house of God turned into a bloodbath.

Judaism and Death: Five Surprising Ideas

Your days are numbered, but it’s not the end.

Hating Men: A Response from Rabbi Blech

Can you hold off on my lynching until we discuss this in a more rational manner?

Hating Men: The New Racism

Bigotry is unacceptable, except, it seems, when it comes to knocking men.

The Bucket List and Rosh Hashanah

Facing our mortality should drive us to fulfill our unique mission in the world, not jumping out of a plane.

Why Multitasking is Bad for You

Studies show that multitasking is damaging our education, work performance and life.

The #MeTooMovement: When Men are the Victims

Innocence or guilt requires careful deliberation, no matter the gender of the accused.

Apple: The Trillion Dollar Company & Rosh Hashanah

How the most successful company in American history went from near bankruptcy to stunning achievement.

Charles Krauthammer and Being Told You’re Going to Die

Miracles from God still happen in spite of medical predictions. I am a case in point.

The Lemmings and the Jews

Why are so many Jews willing to side with our executioners and side with those who openly seek our destruction?

Next Year in Jerusalem?

Next year in Jerusalem – L’shanah haba b’Yerushalayim!

Jewish Heroes and Shavuot

The power of Torah is the influence of the giants of our past to shape the dreams and the aspirations of our future.

Jerusalem Day, the US Embassy & Shavuot

The amazing events of this year’s calendar.

Jews, Hats & Modern Anti-Semitism

The only antidote to anti-Semitism is pro-Semitism.

Natalie Portman’s Insult to Israel

And her timing could not have been more inappropriate.

Israel and the Secret of 70

The number 70 was singled out for special attention in ways that make this Yom HaAtzmaut particularly meaningful.

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