About the Author


Rabbi Shraga Simmons

Rabbi Shraga Simmons is the co-founder of Aish.com, and co-author of "48 Ways to Wisdom" (ArtScroll). He is Founder and Director of Aish.com's advanced learning site. He is co-founder of HonestReporting.com, and author of "David & Goliath", the definitive account of anti-Israel media bias. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he holds a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He lives with his wife and children in the Modi'in region of Israel.


When Death-Defying Stunts Go Tragically Wrong

What are YouTube daredevils truly after?

Daring Rescue in the Thailand Cave

Humanity has come together to declare the absolute value of human life.

Laughing While Someone Drowns

What happens to society devoid of mutual obligation?

Farewell to Charles Krauthammer

The great political commentator was articulate, brave and dignified, and an outspoken champion of Israel.

Escape from Newark

My harrowing flight home for Shabbat.

The White House "Hero Award"

Finding heroic opportunities in even mundane situations.

Moses' 6 Rules for Facebook

Ancient guidelines for a healthy social media experience.

Alibaba Loves Israel

Jack Ma, China's most successful entrepreneur, kvells over the Jewish state.

10 Reasons Why Abbas is an Anti Semite

For 40 years, the Palestinian leader has consistently spewed venomous hatred.

Israel at 70: More than a Start-Up Nation

Israel's flag testifies to our miraculous, unfinished mission.

Hockey Heroics and the Omer

Preparing for the big moment is the key to victory.

No Time to Think: 3 Ways to Defeat Pharaoh Today

We are enslaved by epidemic levels of distraction. Here’s how to break free.

The Fastest Woman in Israel is an Orthodox Mother of Five

Beatie Deutsch hits the winner's stand in the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon.

Saving Lives through Israeli Innovation

Eli Beer of United Hatzalah has transformed emergency medical care.

The Trap of Wanting It All

Status-seeking underlies Haman's intense hatred of the Jews.

The Hebrew Hammer's Amazing Path to the Winter Olympics

Representing the State of Israel in the Skeleton Sled competition, AJ Edelman puts his Torah-observance above all.

Rabbi Shteinman, Humble Giant

Serving God and the Jewish people for 104 full years.

Jerusalem: Stating the Obvious

I greeted the diplomatic news with a shrug.

Rabbi Lau on the State of Jewry Today

A thought-provoking conversation with the esteemed rabbi.

Operation Brothers: The Mossad's Secret Scuba Operation in Sudan

The extraordinary first-person account of the mission to save Jewish refugees, soon to be a film starring Chris Evans.

Middot Series #12: Spiritual Accounting: Putting it into Practice

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: A system for constant self-assessment is essential for real change.

Off the Grid: Joshua Safran’s Childhood Was Nothing like Yours

One boy’s improbable journey from witches’ commune to Jerusalem.

Middot Series #11 – Preserving the Peace

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Meeting others more than halfway.

Middot Series #10 – Compassion

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: How to become more of a caring person.

Middot Series #9 - Envy: The Path to Self-Defeat

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Avoiding the damaging spiral of jealousy and frustration.

Middot Series #8 - Guard Your Eyes

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Judaism’s life hack for avoiding harmful images.

Israel On Fire: Where's the Coverage?

A country burns, yet coverage in the mainstream media is nearly non-existent.

Middot Series #7 - Ethical Speech

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Our words are a powerful force to build – and destroy.

Middot Series #6 - Patience, or How to Overcome Road Rage

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: It can be a rude awakening to discover that you are not the Master of the Universe.

Sarah Zoabi: Proud Muslim Zionist

One Arab Israeli woman’s fight against radical Islam and the high price she pays for speaking her mind.

Middot Series #5 - Integrity: Will the Real You Please Stand Up

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Life's greatest challenge is the battle for self-respect.

Middot Series #4 - Gratitude

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: It’s not happy people who are thankful; it’s thankful people who are happy.

Middot Series #3 - Discipline: The Power of Restraint

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Life is an ongoing training regimen in willpower.

Dustin Hoffman's Jewish Moment

Watch a moving clip of the actor declaring, “I am a Jew."

Middot Series #2 - Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Caring for others is the fuel for a vibrant life.

Middot Series #1 - The Art of Character Perfection

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Improving ourselves is a tangible way to improve the world.

44. The Aish Academy Brachot Food Guide

The correct bracha to say for over 500 food items.

43. 100 Blessings Each Day

Averaged over a typical day, one bracha is said every 10 minutes.

40. She'hecheyanu & Other Events

The blessing that thanks God for enabling us to reach a special milestone.

39. Answering Amen

When another person says a bracha, we answer "amen" as a testament that the statement is true.

38. Being Motzi Others

One person can say a bracha and exempt another person's obligation.

37. Bracha Achrona: After the Fact

What happens of you mistakenly said the wrong after-bracha?

36. Time and Space

An after-bracha is subject to restrictions of when and where.

35. Birkat Hamazon – Part 2

Grace After Meals requires extra dignity and concentration.

34. Birkat Hamazon – Part 1

The special after-bracha said following a bread meal.

33. Bracha Achrona on Mixtures

When foods are eaten in combination, which after-bracha do you say?

32. Which Bracha Achrona to Say

Guidelines for the Three-Faceted Blessing, and the "miscellaneous" after-bracha.

Happiness Hall of Fame

Aish.com author awarded for radiating the power of joy.

4 Reasons Why the Media is Biased against Israel

Understanding the media's insidious contribution to the war.

31. Bracha Achrona - Introduction

The guidelines for saying bracha after finishing to eat.

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