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.


Auschwitz: Past and Present

Now is the time for every Jew to pledge active involvement in confronting the growing threat of anti-Semitism.

Charlie Hebdo: All Is Forgiven?

Forgiving those who actively continue to seek your death is just another form of suicide.

Stephen Hawking and the Golem

A cautionary tale about artificial intelligence.

Sony's Surrender to Terror

The greatest enemy of civilization is appeasement to evil.

Exodus & Hollywood

Why the new film is a disgrace.

Miracles, Human and Divine

Like the days of Hanukkah, we are witnessing miracles today.

The Jerusalem Massacre

Even tragedies have degrees.

Brittany Maynard’s Tragic Death

A Jewish perspective on assisted suicide.

Aspergery

The derogatory term, used by an unnamed official in the White House, has no place in civil discourse.

Quarantining Ebola

A contemporary lesson from the Torah’s application of quarantine.

Money, Sukkot & Affluenza

Sukkot and the sabbatical year teach us the Jewish perspective on wealth and happiness.

Yom Kippur and the Secret to a Happy Life

The connection between envy and the holiest day of the year.

The Book of Life After 75

Growing old is a blessing, not a curse.

The Ray Rice Video

We are all caught on tape. A timely Rosh Hashanah lesson.

The Truth about Eichmann

Hannah Arendt was wrong. Eichmann wasn’t a mediocre bureaucrat embodying the banality of evil. He was a fanatically dedicated Nazi.

Three Things We Should Never Say Before Rosh Hashanah

Three phrases in the news that will help us prepare for Rosh Hashanah.

Why They Were Beheaded

The profound meaning of this gruesome death.

The Tragic Death of Daniel Tragerman

A timely message from the Book of Daniel.

ISIS, Jim Foley & Confronting Evil

It's not enough to condemn evil; it must be confronted and conquered.

Robin Williams’ Suicide

A Jewish perspective on the tragedy of suicide.

Hollywood and Hamas

Be careful what you wish for.

With Rifle and Baby in Hand

Hamas’ perversely brilliant strategy in using human shields should serve as a wakeup call to all of humanity.

J’Accuse

It is time for Jews to say to the New York Times: we’ve had enough.

The Anti-Zionism Lie

They are not shouting “Death to the Israelis” on the streets of Paris. They are screaming “Death to the Jews.”

Hamas’s Secret Weapon

Hamas counts on Jewish compassion to compensate for their weakness.

Mourning Together

We are a people who treasure life, surrounded by those who revere death.

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Out of the blue, the Rebbe summoned me. He wanted to send me on a challenging mission.

The Three Boys & the World

We are indeed one family. And one that dwells alone.

The 10 Commandments Today

Why we need them now more than ever.

Pope Francis’s Visit to Israel

Christians and Jews face a common enemy: radical Islam.

18. Deed and Creed: Finale

In order for redemption to come, we must first open the door.

17. Deeds of the Ancestors Foretell

Seeing a replay of the Jacob period of Jewish history in our time.

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.

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