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. See his website at rabbibenjaminblech.com.

Click here to purchase Rabbi Blech’s new book, Hope Not Fear: Changing the Way We View Death.

Six Million Jews

Can the Holocaust be told using just one word: Jew?

Good Riddance Day

A new custom for removing trash from your life echoes the burning of chametz before Passover. The similarity is no accident.

Michelangelo & the Meaning of the New Year

5774 or 2014? The theological debate behind the artist’s masterpiece.

Selfies: The Word of the Year

An apt description of our generation.


The similarities – and essential differences – between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Poland, Women & the Holocaust

Three groundbreaking works reveal disturbing facts about the perpetrators of genocide.

The Vanishing American Jew?

The recent Pew Report on Jewish identity is a wake-up call for all of us.

Putin and the Torah

Rejoicing with the Torah because it is an exceptional book that has made us exceptional.

The Good Gene

Attaining at-onement this Yom Kippur.

Jews Don’t Say Happy New Year

What’s the best wish for the new year?

No Children Please

What are couples who choose not to have children missing out on?

Malala at the United Nations

Books and pens are our most powerful weapons.

Elderly & Chinese Law

For American parents it’s very often no more than a fantasy, but it’s now the law in China.

Hollywood and the Holocaust

A controversial new book reveals new evidence of Jewish movie moguls’ collaboration with Nazis.

The Blessing of Failure

If we learn from an experience, there is no such thing as failure.

We’re All Number One

Choosing more than one valedictorian distorts the value of equality.

Surveillance and Privacy

Every moment is being recorded for posterity.

The 10 Commandments for Our Times

Now more than ever, the world can benefit from the Decalogue’s contemporary lessons.

Calling Terrorism by Its Name

Why the Boston massacre can happen again.

Jackie Robinson and the Jew

The love for my team, made me appreciate the love for my people.

Judaism & the Power of Names

Your name is the key to your soul.

Herzl’s Mistake

Israel & the real reason for anti-Semitism.

Obama’s Seder

A Passover message for the president.

Four New Questions for Your Seder

Sparking discussion on some of Passover’s most important themes.

Choosing a Pope

It happens in the Sistine Chapel, which was designed to be a copy of the holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

The New Holocaust Discoveries

With more than 42,000 ghettos and concentration camps scattered throughout Europe, almost everyone had to know what was happening.

Best Supporting Actor

And the Oscar goes to Mordechai…. and you!

Farewell to Pope Benedict

Despite some disappointments, he moved the strained Christian-Jewish relations one step closer.

Valentine’s Day Love

Does the word “love” still mean anything?

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.

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