Finding The Jewish Treasure In The Vatican: Rabbi Benjamin Blech | Inspiration For The Nation

Rabbi Blech’s accomplishments extend beyond his numerous books and impressive academic career. He has been recognized for his influence and contributions to the Jewish community, both nationally and internationally. In a national survey conducted by Jewsweek.com, Rabbi Blech was ranked #16 in a listing of the 50 most influential Jews in America. Rabbi Blech’s impact on the community extends beyond his leadership roles. He has hosted a popular weekly radio program in New York and has written for publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times, and Newsday. He has also made appearances on national television, including the Oprah Winfrey Show. One of Rabbi Blech’s most significant achievements was his role in securing the loan of precious Jewish manuscripts for exhibition in Israel after a personal meeting with the late Pope John Paul II. He is currently involved in further negotiations for the return of precious Judaica held by the Vatican, which may prove to be of historic significance (The Rambam’s seforim!). A tenth-generation rabbi, Rabbi Blech is a Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University and was the Rav of Young Israel of Oceanside for many years. In this week’s episode, Rabbi Blech tells us about how The Lubavitch Rebbe made him a secret agent chabad Rabbi, his incredible stories with the Pope, how they found some of the missing items from the Beis Hamikdash and so much more.

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