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At My Grandson’s Bris: Hanukkah, Self-Sacrifice and the Infinite

The mohel instructed me to hold the baby’s legs tight, thrusting me into the reality of what was unfolding.

Rabbi Shteinman, Humble Giant

Serving God and the Jewish people for 104 full years.

Hanukkah: Seeing Beyond the Surface

8 Interesting Facts about Donuts

The Arch of Titus reminds us what is the secret of the Jews' immortality.

Jerusalem: Stating the Obvious

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

An interview with Prof. Andrew Porwancher, a history professor at Oklahoma University, who thinks the founding father was, in fact, a Jew.

Winston Churchill: Three Definitive Ideas that Changed the Course of History

A new film delves into the pivotal role the great leader played in stopping Hitler.

Modest Fashion Is All the Rage: Can the Trend Last?

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Fulfilling the soul’s unique mission may take more than one lifetime.

Like Clockwork: The Incredible Lengths One High-Tech Company went to Keep Shabbat

With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, the parent company demanded that they work on this one Shabbat.

Hanukkah: God Doesn't Shout, He Whispers

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Five conversations that should take place over the course of dating and even within marriage itself.

Hanukkah and Attaining True Greatness

Consistency and relentless long-term dedication make all the difference in the world.

PODCAST: Lighting up the Darkness with Our Family on Chanukah

Orit Esther Riter on Chanukah’s message of clarity and purpose. Embed Code:

Common advice that’s best not to follow.

Keeping an Open Mind while Dating

Knowing where to be flexible in looking for your soul mate.

7 Ways to Relax and be Less Intense on a Date

Tips for coming across relaxed and approachable so your date can get to know the real you.

The significance of dreams in Jewish thought.

ABC's of Chanukah (Hanukkah)

Everything you need to know about the holiday of Chanukah - Hanukkah.

World of Love #2 - Perceiving the Infinite

What ultimate good does God offer His creations? Our ability to connect to Him.

Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.

A Cherished Chalise

Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.

Inner Meaning

Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.

Get into the Hanukkah spirit with this fun video!

Rise Up: Y-Studs Hanukkah Music Video

How to rise above society’s impossible standards of beauty and attain real self-esteem.

What Do We Really Celebrate on Hanukkah?

Is it the miracle of the oil, winning the war, or something deeper?

The new Star Wars movie is all about family.

Chanukabulary

Spellukah, noun. A democratic way to settle any dispute over how you should write the word ‘Chanukah.’

Jtube: Hidden Figures

Are there similarities between the Jewish struggle and the African-American struggle?

The Hanukkah Story in 8 hit songs.

A short medley of pop music parodies through the ages.

Hanukkah & the Amazing Miracle of Snow

How could my dinky menorah compete with all those dazzling lights?

About the Author

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.

Jerusalem, Ben-Gurion and Hanukkah: Is the Date.

When major events occur on identical dates, God is winking at us.

Winston Churchill: Three Definitive Ideas that.

A new film delves into the pivotal role the great leader played in stopping Hitler.

The $450 million da Vinci: Is It Worth It?

The foundation of a great marriage is something we’ve learned as kids.

Einstein’s Secret to Happiness

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Forgiving Mengele

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The Seven Heroes of Sukkot

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More Time or More Value: Yom Kippur and My MTA.

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Hurricanes and Our Rosh Hashanah Prayers

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Destroying Statues and Judaism's Prohibition of.

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The Next Solar Eclipse in 2024: A Startling.

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Marrying a Convert

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The Solar Eclipse: A Jewish Message

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Jewish “Fake News”

Yes, he was a Jew. But he was killed because he was an American.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Prayer

No matter how financially blessed, we all need to call upon a higher power to help us make our lives a blessing.

Religion in the Age of Disrespect

Shavuot, commencement and the reason for two tablets.

The Latest Marriage Fad: Marrying Yourself

A reminder about who really owns Jerusalem.

Conflict of Cultures: Passover vs. Palestinian.

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Jewish Self Hatred

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The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

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Cryfest: This Is Us

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Marry My Husband

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Unmasking Our Jewish Identity

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McDonald’s Disturbing Morality Tale

The Founder details Ray Kroc’s rise to unimaginable success by violating the most basic aspects of ethics and decency.

The Oscars, the Wrong Winner and the Talmud

Turning winners into losers and losers into winners.

Judaism and Life on Other Planets

NASA's earth-shattering announcement has many Jews asking: Does Judaism entertain the possibility of alien life?

Before You Die, Your Life's Movie

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5 Life-Changing Lessons From the Super Bowl

The de-Judaization of the Holocaust renders it devoid of its major message.

Praying for the Government

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Hanukkah & Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

May the Maccabees’ fire of idealism guide us to create a united Jerusalem recognized by all people as Israel’s capital.

When Christmas Meets Hanukkah

Jews differ with Christians on many critical points of theology, but we can focus on the threat we equally face for our survival.

Forgiving Ralph Branca

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Mel Gibson: No Apology, No Forgiveness

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The Chafetz Chaim & the Upcoming Election

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UNESCO’s Historical Revisionism

It is pointless to argue with those who happily pervert reality in the service of their profoundly held prejudices.

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

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Living to 120

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Knowing Your Life Matters

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Remembering 9/11: Five Important Lessons

Because those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

Ryan Lochte's Non-Apology

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.

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.

Separate swimming hours to accommodate religious sensitivities provokes hypocritical response.

I'm a big fan of Matisyahu, the chassidic reggae singer. What is the origins of his name?

Matisyahu (also pronounced, Matityahu) is known from the Chanukah story as the father of Judah the Maccabee. During the second century BCE, the Jewish community was divided in response to the Greek appeal for assimilation. Some saw assimilation as a positive and modernizing influence and they welcomed the release from Jewish parochialism. In general, two camps polarized: the Jewish assimilationists (called Hellenists) on one side, and the religious community on the other.

The matter came to a head in a small village called Modi'in, not far from Jerusalem. Greek soldiers came one day and demanded that the Jews sacrifice a pig to the pagan god. At first, no one stepped forward and the Jews stood in proud defiance of their pagan oppressors. But then a Jewish Hellenist volunteered to perform the mock offering.

Furious at this outrage, Matisyahu, from the family of Hasmonian priests, killed the man on the spot and then killed the soldiers who were present. Matisyahu and his five sons fled to the nearby caves and became the core of a guerrilla fighting unit. Led by Matisyahu's son Judah, they fought to preserve the exclusive worship of Judaism - battling the Greeks not only militarily, but religiously as well.

Today's Joke

"Good morning sir," Morty Goldstein says as he greets the salesman. "I came to this store because I don't like to

In 1966, Shmuel Yosef (Shay) Agnon (1888-1970) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Agnon's writings deal with the conflict between traditional Jewish life and language, and the modern world. Agnon, a religious Jew, also attempted to capture the fading traditions of the European shtetl (village). Agnon was born in Ukraine, the son of an ordained rabbi. At age 20 he moved to Israel. In his speech at the Nobel Prize ceremony, Agnon spoke in Hebrew: "As a result of the historic catastrophe in which Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem and Israel was exiled from its land, I was born in one of the cities of the exile. But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem." Today, Agnon's image is featured on the Israeli 50-shekel bills.

In 1966, Shmuel Yosef (Shay) Agnon (1888-1970) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Agnon's writings deal with the

If your spouse portrays a picture of him/herself more positively than you feel is accurate, accept it. Build upon it. It is frequently a mistake to try to demolish this picture. By building upon it, you create a more positive future reality.

People tend to act in ways that are consistent with their view of themselves. For example, your spouse might say, "I consider myself to be very considerate." Let's say you disagree and feel that your spouse has a long way to go to fit this picture. You would like your spouse to be more considerate, wouldn't you? Therefore, it is best to express gratitude for the consideration already displayed. By doing so you have a better chance of having a more considerate spouse. If you argue, there is a good chance you will end up in a no-win quarrel. Even if your spouse ends up agreeing with you, it is not likely that your approach will improve their character.

All my days I grew up among the wise, and I have not found what is good for the body other than silence (Ethics of the Fathers1:17) .

In his famous instructions on the "golden mean of virtue," Maimonides states that a person should avoid either extreme of any character trait.

If we were to place unbridled talk at one extreme and total silence at the other, the mean of virtue would not be at the midpoint between the two, but much closer to silence. While sometimes we refrain from saying something we should have said, more often do we say something we should not have said.

We can choose one of two paths of conversation: We either keep quiet unless we are certain that we should speak, or we assume that we should speak unless we are certain that we should hold our peace. Since the mean of virtue is closer to silence, the first option is preferable.

People who were forbidden to talk for medical reasons and therefore had to communicate by writing have told me that they realized how much of an average person's conversation is non-essential. Unfortunately, non-essential talk is likely to contain much that is not simply "neutral," but actually destructive, such as lies, gossip, insults,and boasting.

try to measure my words very carefully. If there is no real need for saying something, I should reflect on why I wish to say it.

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