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.


The Olympics’ Jewish Message

What a difference a fraction of a second makes!

When the Victims of Terror Are Not Jews

The terrorism of Nice and the world's select outrage.

Tel Aviv & Orlando: The Big Difference

Imagine the naming of parks, institutions and sporting events in honor of Omar Mateen.

The Orlando Massacre: A Hate Crime against Man and God

Omar Mateen unwittingly chose the very day on which God first proclaimed “Thou shalt not murder” to carry out his barbaric executions.

Muslims Yes, Jews No: The Hypocrisy of the NY Times

Separate swimming hours to accommodate religious sensitivities provokes hypocritical response.

Killing Harambe: The Cincinnati Zoo Tragedy

It was a choice between a human life and an animal life.

Lag B’Omer: Better than Love

How do we understand the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s students?

Hiroshima, the White House and Israel

Those who instigate war need to pay the price for their evil. Unless it’s waged against Jews.

“Smelly Jews” and Harvard

The student’s offensive remark was not only anti-Semitic, it violated the sanctity of all human beings.

The $13 Million Seder

Baseball player Adam LaRoche's stunning lesson about family and its connection to Passover.

Haggadah Insights to Share at the Seder

Some meaningful ideas to share with family and guests.

Brussels & the Israeli Occupation

When will the world realize that Islamic terror has nothing to do with Israel?

Purim Then, Iran Today

Persia is today’s Iran, our present day Haman who seeks our destruction.

Mein Kampf and Anne Frank's Diary

It’s no accident that the two books, epitomes of the depth of evil and the heights of virtue, are now in the public domain.

The Best Way to Say I Love You

And it's not through an expensive box of chocolates or diamond earrings.

The Oil Crash and Israel

It's no accident that Israel has not been blessed with huge oil reserves.

The Biggest Sports Mistake of the Year

The New England Patriots and listening to God's messages.

The San Bernardino Massacre And Prayer

Why those who think “God isn’t fixing this” are wrong.

Never Give Up Hope

Why relight the menorah when reason dictated that a day later it would go dark once again?

Jonathan Pollard’s Final Punishment

He cannot move to Israel for at least five years. The reason reeks of hypocrisy.

The Paris Massacre

The scenes of death – whether in Paris or Hebron, Jerusalem or New York – should serve as a warning to us all.

The European Union and the Yellow Star

EU's edict to label products from Israel came out on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

5 Greatest Gifts of Being a Jew

Being Jewish confers precious divine gifts that we should never take for granted.

Killing Baby Hitler: A Jewish Response

One must differentiate between potential and actual evil.

The Stabbings in Israel

Calling evil by its rightful name.

Netanyahu’s 44 Seconds of Silence at the UN

What is the value of spending our time on lost causes?

Explaining Hitler, Again

Beware of explanations which project our own preconceptions and agendas.

Jewish Lives Matter

The deal is written but it is not yet sealed.

The Jewish Year

Using the 12 months of the Hebrew calendar as a map for personal growth.

The Wall Street Crash and the Torah

Another wake-up call just in time for Elul.

Jimmy Carter’s Cancer

Don’t presume to know that his illness is a result of his anti-Semitic views.

There’s No Crying In Baseball!

The significance of Wilmer Flores’ tears.

Jews in Hitler’s Stadium

The significance of this year’s European Maccabi Games taking place in Berlin.

Atticus Finch and Fallen Heroes

If we stop believing in heroes there’s no hope for us ever to become like them.

The Iran Deal and the Hebrew Calendar

It’s no accident that the deal was finalized only last week.

Omar Sharif and the Jews

The Arab boycott against the actor and its contemporary sequel.

Born in Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Despite the ruling of the Supreme Court, my great granddaughter was born in Jerusalem, in the country of Israel.

Never Too Old

At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport just passed her oral exam for her doctorate that the Nazis prevented her from getting.

Civil Disobedience: Baltimore and the Bible

We must speak out against wrongs, but only justice – by way of justice – is legitimate.

The Trial of Oskar Groening

Justice is not being served.

Israel & FDR’s Secret Correspondence with the Saudi King

FDR did not support the creation of Israel. Destiny had other plans.

Passover & Jewish Destiny

Matzah symbolizes hope, especially this year.

Selma and the Jews

In our time of increasing anti-Semitism, understanding between blacks and Jews needs to be strengthened.

Bibi’s Breach of Protocol

Echoes of Queen Esther who broke protocol in the face of an Iranian threat to destroy her people.

Jordan’s “Disproportionate Response”

No people threatened by an aggressor and fighting for their existence has been vilified for using their full forces to prevail, except Israel.

Brian Williams, Lying & the Media

Brian Williams is getting the condemnation he deserves. Why isn’t The New York Times?

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