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.

Steve Jobs' Last Words

The most important quote of the year.

Assimilation & the Chanukah Oil

Understanding the meaning of the Chanukah battle, a war unlike any other.

3 Secrets to a Long and Happy Marriage

How to be happily married for more than 50 years.

Jews and Thanksgiving

Why the whole world should be Jewish.

Yom Kippur: The Blessing of Failure

Recognizing our shortcomings is the only way to achieve success in life.

Shana Tova?

Can we be optimistic about the coming new year?

9/11: Forgive and Forget?

We are not the ones who have the right to make that decision.

My Encounter with Hemingway

Judaism is a religion of life.

Death, My Companion

The doctor told me I had a fatal disease, and at age 77 I realized I'm actually going to die.

Are Business Ethics an Oxymoron?

Our daily business ethics speak far louder than the words we utter in synagogue.

In Memory of Leiby Kletzky

There are no words, only tears.

Insulting God

Don't be afraid to ask.

Sinai for Non-Jews

What makes the giving of the Torah so universally relevant and necessary?

Von Trier's Cannes Controversy

Does art stand apart from the artist? What if the artist is Hitler?

The Day Osama Died

Does Bin Laden's death bring a sense of closure? It better not.

The Royal Wedding

Respect for royalty is a training ground for worship of the Almighty.

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?

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