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Blech Honored at 80th Birthday Celebration

Rabbi Benjamin Blech, associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University, was honored at a celebration of his 80th birthday in Weissberg Commons on October 30.

rabbi blech award Rabbi Benjamin Blech is presented with an award by RIETS Acting Dean Rabbi Menachem Penner

The event commemorated Blech's 47 years of teaching at YU and included remarks by President Richard M. Joel, University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter and Dr. Jonathan Kusznitz in addition to Blech. At the ceremony, Blech was also presented with an award in recognition of his years of service by Acting Dean of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary Rabbi Menachem Penner.

"Rabbi Blech has the capacity in his writing and teaching to speak with such clarity and insight that people of different backgrounds can take profound lessons from him at their own level," said President Joel. "On behalf of all of us at YU, thank you for your enlightenment to the world. What we do today is celebrate, G-d willing, the first two-thirds of your life."