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.


Generating Doubt

Parshat Tetzaveh usually precedes Purim, when we read the "maftir" portion describing...

The Right Intentions

Parshat Trumah begins with God's instruction to "take a donation" for the Tabernacle....

The Place that God Chooses

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

The Kabbalah of Clothes

What are we communicating with our clothes?

Defiling the Holy

The Greeks wanted to tear out the heart of Judaism and reduce it to mere symbolism.

Up the Ramp

Parshat Mishpatim is unusual in that it begins with the word, "And." This effectively connects the...

The Process of Assimilation

On being a proud Jew today.

40 Days to a Better Self

Prayer is not waving a magic wand and hoping for the best.

Love the Convert

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Rebbetzin Jungreis on the Holocaust

As the new Yad Vashem museum opens, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen speaks of Jewish courage, resistance and triumph.

Wasting Time

Mr. Cohen is pacing nervously in the waiting room of a hospital maternity ward where, inside, his...

Jewish Unity and the Key to Redemption

The Jewish People are handicapped if even one Jew has fallen away from our people.

Uncontrolled Enthusiasm

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

God and Your Parents

Parshat Yitro tells of the revelation at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. The...

Drink 'Till You...

L'chaim! What's behind the unique mitzvah of getting drunk on Purim?

ABC's of Yom Kippur

Guidelines for the holiest day of the Jewish year – the Day of Atonement.

Kippah: A Blessing On Your Head

It is perhaps the most instantly identifiable mark of a Jew. When and why do we wear a kippah?

The Narrow Place

Parshat Beshalach tells how the Jewish people have left Egypt and are heading out into the desert,...

In the Eyes of God and Man

Why did Moses make a public accounting?

Few in Number

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Down-To-Earth Spirituality

Bringing the heights of Mount Sinai down to earth.

Kamtza and Bar Kamtza

The story that destroyed the Holy Temple.

Purim Vs. Yom Kippur

Purim is holier than Yom Kippur? They didn’t teach that in Hebrew school!

Commemorating the Exodus

In Parshat Bo, as the Jews prepare for the Exodus from Egypt, God designates Nissan as the first...

For the Love of Moses

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Building Blocks

Parshat Va'eira tells about Aaron performing miracles in front of Pharaoh, and how he turns a...

Real Heroes

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Be a Giver

Exploring Abraham’s spiritual greatness.

Wool and Linen = Shatnez

A practical guide to keeping your clothes kosher.

Mezuzah: The Inside Story

Complete guide to making your doorpost Jewish. But will it protect your home?

The Golden Calf: Yesterday and Today

The battle for life is the battle for sanity.

Under Pharaoh's Nose

Parshat Shmot tells how the baby Moses - floating in a basket in the river - is saved by Pharaoh's...

Taste of a Mitzvah

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Seventh of Adar

Haman picked this day as the best time to plot the destruction of the Jewish people. His calculations left out one crucial thing...

Moving Down in the World

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

The Sin of the Spies

The deeper connection between the wandering in the desert and the destruction of the Holy Temple.

Jewish Value

Parshat Vayechi quotes Jacob as saying that when he dies, he wishes to be buried "in the grave...

Go to Yourself

Replicating Abraham’s transformative journey to understanding himself.

Who Is a Leader?

What makes a great Jewish leader?

Can You or Can't You?

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Nothing Else Works

Parshat Vayigash tells how Jacob, his children and grandchildren all get ready to move down to...

Getting Back to Eden

All the wild shrubs did not yet exist on the earth, and all the wild plants had not yet sprouted....

Haman: Heir to Amalek

Amalek, the nation that personified evil, insisted that God was absent in the world and everything happened by chance.

Day After Day

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Natural Wisdom

Parshat Mikeitz tells of Pharaoh's dreams of the 7 cows, and the 7 sheaves of grain. Pharaoh's...

Concrete Action

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

The Power of Speech

What is the connection between speaking badly and contracting this skin disease?

Snakes and Scorpions

Parshat Vayeshev tells of Joseph being thrown by his brothers into a pit. The Torah describes the...

Call My Bluff

Parshat Vayishlach tells of Jacob wrestling with an angel, and Jacob asks the angel an unusual...

Israel and Kiddush Hashem

Israel is a living workshop where lofty Jewish ideals can become reality.

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