Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, and lecturer. He is the author of seven highly acclaimed best-sellers, including three in the popular Idiot's Guide series. One of his books, Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed, was chosen by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations as the single best book on Judaism today. In a national survey by Jewsweek, Benjamin Blech ranked sixteen in a listing of the fifty most influential Jews in America. A recipient of the American Educator of the Year Award, he is an associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University since 1966. A tenth-generation rabbi, he has formed thousands of student-teacher relationships through his warm and caring style. He lectures around the world in places as far away as Australia, South Africa, Singapore and Israel. He has appeared on national television, including Oprah, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times and Newsday.Merriam-Webster, Inc. Staff is the author of 'Merriam-webster's Rhyming Dictionary ', published 2006 under ISBN 9780877798545 and ISBN 0877798540.