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Rabbi Shraga Simmons

Rabbi Shraga Simmons spent his childhood trekking through snow in 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 is the co-founder of Aish.com, and founder of JewishPathways.com. He is also the founding editor of HonestReporting.com, and author of "David & Goliath" (2012), the definitive treatment of media bias against Israel. He lives with his wife and children in the Modi'in region of Israel.

The Unified Nation Theory

The Unified Nation Theory

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Thoughts from the funeral of the three teens.


8. Honoring Parents

8. Honoring Parents

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In Judaism, every day is Mother's Day and Father's Day.


4. Children and Halacha

4. Children and Halacha

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Rules for raising the next generation.


Isaiah Austin's New Beginning

Isaiah Austin's New Beginning

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A devastating medical diagnosis produces a double-dose of inspiration.


2. Six Constant Mitzvot

2. Six Constant Mitzvot

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Living with the reality of God's existence.


The Buck Stops Here

The Buck Stops Here

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Life fulfillment starts with taking responsibility.


1. Introduction

1. Introduction

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Judaism is not merely a body of law. It is a mindset, a way of life.


Sinai’s Big Bang

Sinai’s Big Bang

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An unparalleled boom of spiritual light and energy.


IDF Integrates Special Needs Soldiers

IDF Integrates Special Needs Soldiers

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A foiled terror attack provides the inspiration for new levels of inclusion.


Protecting Jews in Ukraine

Protecting Jews in Ukraine

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Odessa's Jewish community leader speaks out on threats of violence. An Aish.com exclusive.


Iran’s Cry for Freedom

Iran’s Cry for Freedom

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A mother and daughter are giving a voice to 77 million Iranians being denied their freedom.


Scarlett Johansson & Soda Stream – Peace vs. Apartheid?

Scarlett Johansson & Soda Stream – Peace vs....

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The hypocrisy of the BDS is now fully exposed.


What’s a Former Christian, Orthodox Woman Doing as Dean of an Israeli University?

What’s a Former Christian, Orthodox Woman Doing as...

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Malka Schaps, a world-renowned professor of mathematics, is smashing glass ceilings.


5 Things I Learned from Rabbi Noah Weinberg

5 Things I Learned from Rabbi Noah Weinberg

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Insights into fixing oneself and fixing the world.


Activist on Skates

Activist on Skates

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Champion of academics, athletics and the arts, Loren Galler Rabinowitz is focused on her role as a third-generation Holocaust survivor.


The Fateful Holocaust Secret

The Fateful Holocaust Secret

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A mother who buried her Jewish identity, and her son’s astonishing quest to reclaim it.


Syria & Yom Kippur

Syria & Yom Kippur

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Now is the time to take responsibility, no matter how difficult it may be.


The Iranian Mystery Man

The Iranian Mystery Man

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Dr. Daniel Dana’s incredible journey from Muslim Shiite to proud Israeli citizen.


Journalist or Arab Propagandist?

Journalist or Arab Propagandist?

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Abdul Bari Atwan uses the mainstream media to endorse Bin Laden and spew hatred of the West.


Living with Clarity

Living with Clarity

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The death of 12-year-old Shoshie Stern reveals her parents’ spiritual greatness.


Learning from Shoshie

Learning from Shoshie

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Rabbi Mike Stern reflects on the tragic death of his 12-year-old daughter.


Muhammad al-Dura’s Faked Death

Muhammad al-Dura’s Faked Death

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The shooting case has become the mother of all fauxtographies.


Red Line for Syria

Red Line for Syria

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5 reasons why the Israeli strike can help stop Iran’s march to nuclear weapons.


Rocks Can Kill

Rocks Can Kill

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The New York Times’ misnomer of “non-violent” Palestinian rock-throwers.


Win-Win

Win-Win

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Yes, winning is everything. But how do you define “winning?”


Ayelet’s Enduring Spirit

Ayelet’s Enduring Spirit

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Hindy Poupko Galena’s heart-rending story of inspiration and tragedy.


When Enough is Enough

When Enough is Enough

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Remodeling our kitchen provided an extreme makeover – in an unexpected way.


The Chuck Hagel Problem

The Chuck Hagel Problem

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Will the next U.S. Secretary of Defense downgrade cooperation with Israel and oppose actions against Iran?


The Voice of History

The Voice of History

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Rabbi Berel Wein's compelling views on Jewish destiny.


A Hero in Connecticut

A Hero in Connecticut

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Where did a first grade teacher get the strength to perform her extraordinary act of bravery?


Stevie Wonder Scorns the IDF

Stevie Wonder Scorns the IDF

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Pop star stands on the “wrong side” of history.


Photo Fraud in Gaza

Photo Fraud in Gaza

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The inside story of the media war against Israel.


Gaza: The Spiritual Response

Gaza: The Spiritual Response

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How you can join the battle.


Déjà Vu in Gaza?

Déjà Vu in Gaza?

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Four key take-aways from Operation Pillar of Defense.


Polarization

Polarization

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Left-right, blue-red, rich-poor. With the U.S. elections over, how can the healing begin?


The Hearts of Kings

The Hearts of Kings

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The presidential election looms. Does it really matter who wins?


Chumash Themes #1: Introduction to the Bible

Chumash Themes #1: Introduction to the Bible

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Understanding the origins and purpose of the Five Books of Moses.


The Iranian Cloud

The Iranian Cloud

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Celebrating Sukkot on the brink of a nuclear Iran.


The Libyan Film Riots

The Libyan Film Riots

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If we take the wrong lesson, we're in serious trouble.


The Rachel Corrie Verdict

The Rachel Corrie Verdict

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An Israeli court rules the bulldozer death an accident. The media continues to promote a libel.


Surfboard Spirituality

Surfboard Spirituality

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Based on his own life experiences, Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser knows that Judaism can speak to today’s disaffected youth.


Olympic Silence

Olympic Silence

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Forty years after 11 athletes were murdered in Munich, Israel still mourns alone.


My Life as an Egyptian Muslim Radical

My Life as an Egyptian Muslim Radical

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Dr. Tawfik Hamid reveals the indoctrination of Egyptian youth and the election of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood.


Two Sides of Israel

Two Sides of Israel

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There's so much happening in Israel this week. Yes, the headlines are filled with terrible news of Gaza rockets hitting southern Israeli towns. Of ...


Hilarious Hebrew Fail

Hilarious Hebrew Fail

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A recent episode of the Showtime series “Episodes” included a scene in a Jewish cemetery. Notice the Hebrew writing on this ...


Queen Elizabeth & Israel

Queen Elizabeth & Israel

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In 60 years, why has she never visited Israel?


Bibi’s Bible Study

Bibi’s Bible Study

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It is the Jewish people’s most unique national symbol, our constant anchor for 3,300 years, the foundation of Jewish tradition, culture and ...


Lost & Found in LA

Lost & Found in LA

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Embodying Jewish values is the best PR for Torah and the Jewish people.


NY Times and the NY Rally

NY Times and the NY Rally

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On Sunday evening, tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews packed into Citi Field (home to baseball’s New York Mets) for a rally to discuss ...


The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives

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Judaism's oldest cemetery is again the target of vandalism.