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.


Intermarriage and Identity

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

Too Close for Comfort

On the importance of boundaries.

Midstream Adjustment

In Parshat Toldot, Isaac wants to give the special "birthright" blessing to his son Esav. Rebecca,...

The Impossible Dream?

What went wrong with the spies?

Higher Than Angels

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

17th of Tammuz

Beginning three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Greatest Test of All

At the beginning of Parshat Chayei Sarah, we find Abraham in an extremely difficult situation. He...

Nine Holy Words

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Human Degradation

This week's Parsha picks up the story of Moav's scheme to entice the Jewish people into immorality...

The Fast of Gedalia

One day after Rosh Hashanah commemorates a Jewish tragedy whose message reverberates today.

Individuality within Structure

Diversity and unity of the Jewish people.

Toxic Purity

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

The Mistaken Laugh

Parshat Vayeira tells about an angel - disguised as an itinerant traveler - coming to Abraham and...

Pursuit of Peace

How to avoid a fight.

Mazal Tov!

Every person is born underneath an astrological field, a particular energy-flow that determines...

Speech and Unity

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

Star of David

From the Holocaust to the Israeli flag, what is the deeper meaning of this six-pointed Jewish symbol?

Aaron's Hesitation

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

Daredevil on the Bridge

Clarity sometimes comes when you least expect it.

Touching and Eating

Parshat Bereishit recounts the famous story of Adam & Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the...

Moses Hits the Rock

A timely lesson about effective Jewish education.

7 Ways To Win The Newlywed Game

The Newlywed Game is harder than you may have thought. Use these seven tips to make your first year of marriage a winner.

Knowledge and Wisdom

All positive brainpower depends on the Central Wisdom.

Point of Unacceptability

In this week's parsha, God sends a flood to destroy the world. And the big question is: What was...

Fighting for God

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

To Pray Or Not To Pray

The saying goes: "God giveth and God taketh away." Is it all random? Or is there a deep message that we can tap into for personal growth and actualization?

Humility and Mount Sinai

Why humility is the essential ingredient needed to receive the Torah.

The Up-and-Down Offering

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

Remembering Amalek

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

Bilaam Versus Abraham

Three essential differences between Abraham and Bilaam.

Don't Add or Subtract

The strength of Judaism is its consistency through the generations.

ABC's of Rosh Hashanah

A handy checklist of everything you need to know for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Symbolism of the Shofar

The quintessential symbol of Rosh Hashana is more than just a primitive trumpet.

Love and War

One of the most difficult topics in the Torah is described in this week's Parsha (Deut. 13:16):...

The Apology Factor

Making a commitment to correct our mistakes.

Returning Lost Objects

The wisdom of Jewish law.

Did it? Admit it!

Why do we have such a hard time admitting we’re wrong?

Solar Eclipse

The startling event of a solar eclipse.

The Jewish View of Cremation

Death involves not just the body, but also the soul.

Organ Donation

Saving a life is paramount in Jewish law, but organ donation is much more complex than signing a donor card.

Fifteen Steps to Freedom

The Sages designed the Passover Seder as 15 steps to make you enormously successful. Here's the key to unlocking the code.

Siamese Twins

A case of Siamese twins in England has doctors, judges and moralists perplexed. What does Judaism say about all this?

The Chosen People

Appreciating an often-misunderstood idea.

Celebration of Terror

When Palestinians celebrate terror attacks, the media is strong-armed into suppressing its coverage. Here's why.

Media Critique #26 - CNN's "Shootout"

When a Palestinian commits pre-meditated murder against an Israeli at point-blank range, CNN merely says that a 'gunfight broke out.'

Jews for Jesus

Underhanded tactics lure unsuspecting Jews into joining a Christian movement.

Why is the Media Biased?

The reasons abound, but the result is the same: Israel is getting a bad rap in the world media.

Judaism and Vegetarianism

Where's the beef? Examining the pros and cons.

I Can Do It

I conquered because someone believed I could.

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