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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. In 1997 he became the founding editor of Aish.com, and later the founder and director of the Torah study website, JewishPathways.com.

Rabbi Simmons is co-editor of the four Aish.com anthologies: Like Water on a Rock (ArtScroll 2011); Triumph - Inspiring True Stories of Challenge and Spiritual Growth (2006); Israel - Life in the Shadow of Terror (2003); and Heaven on Earth (2002). He is also the author of The Brachos Book, a concise guide to understanding and remembering the laws of blessings over food (publication pending).

An expert on media bias, Simmons was the founding editor of HonestReporting.com, building it into a leading database of pro-Israel activists, where his work was cited by the New York Times as effecting sweeping changes in Mideast media coverage. He is the author of the definitive treatment of the topic, David & Goliath: The Explosive Inside Story of Media Bias in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2012), which James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal calls "of crucial importance for the future of the Middle East."

In 2012, Simmons produced the critically-acclaimed short film, "Red Line on Iran," outlining a peaceful solution to stopping nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

Rabbi Simmons currently serves as the Director of Aish Communications, handling all marketing, public relations and media activities for Aish HaTorah International.

He lives with his wife and children in the Modi'in region of Israel.

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The Mount of Olives

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Dramatic Rescue of Sabena Flight 571

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My Top 10 Quotes

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Words that inspire, motivate and ultimately transform.


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God and the Infinity of Pi

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The Bible Strikes Oil

The Bible Strikes Oil

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60 Minutes’ Hatchet Job

60 Minutes’ Hatchet Job

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How I wish Ambassador Oren would have replied to Bob Simon’s bias against Israel.


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Jewish Lineage to Lead Venezuela?

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Mel Gibson Strikes Again

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Selling Chametz

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Goodbye UN Council

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Auto Racing for Israel

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Religious Apartheid

Religious Apartheid

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BBC: No Rockets from Gaza

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Jerusalem Marathon: Up Close and Personal

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Gaza Madness

Gaza Madness

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With world attention focused on the coming of March Madness, the real madness is taking place in southern Israel. Over the weekend, following an ...


Pre-Purim Call for Unity

Pre-Purim Call for Unity

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Tzitzit

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How to gain some meta-physical "fringe" benefits.


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BBC’s Secret Bias

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Purim and Iran

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Startling parallels between ancient Persia and Israel’s predicament today.


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Richard Dawkins and the Atheist’s Prayer

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New Roots in the Holy Land

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Al-Dura Discredited, Again

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The Oil Spill

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The Inside Scoop on Syria

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Why is the media pandering to the Assads?


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Bombings: Iran Blames Israel

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The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon

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Whitney Houston and Israel

Whitney Houston and Israel

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The Super Finger

The Super Finger

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A comprehensive survey of Israeli Jews shows that 80 percent believe in God – the highest figure since the founding of the State of ...


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NY Times Hides the Iranian Threat to Israel –...

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The New York Times reports: In Tehran, the speech by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made during Friday Prayer and broadcast live to ...


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Mitt Romney’s Tithes

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Aish.com contributor Yvette Alt Miller notes that with the release of Mitt Romney's income tax records, a spotlight has been thrown onto the whole ...


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Shraga's Blog

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The horrific murders in France are a wake-up call for us all.


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Yom Tzedakah

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A special day to educate and inspire toward charitable giving.


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Despicable Men

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What drives the rich and famous over the edge?


Goldstone's Feeble Backtrack

Goldstone's Feeble Backtrack

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Goldstone’s attempt at repentance is filled with disingenuous claims and even outright lies.


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What is an Intifada?

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And why Facebook should not be promoting it.


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The Intifada’s Toll

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What exactly was Facebook promoting?


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Managing Justin Bieber

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Scooter Braun's Jewish values keep the teen celebrity grounded. An Aish.com exclusive.


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Seven Steps to an Easy Fast

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Giving new meaning to the term "fast food."


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Soul Shyne

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The famous rapper tells of life in prison and thriving as a Jew.


Passover Quiz

Passover Quiz

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How much do you know about Passover? Try this quiz to find out:


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Emerging from the Mine

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Appreciating the surge of joy at Camp Hope.


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A specific legal process is required to break the marital bond.


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The Jewish national period of mourning.


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Why initiate a violent confrontation with the Israeli army?


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Returning Lost Objects

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"Finders keepers, losers weepers" is not a Jewish concept.


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Miriam Peretz paid an enormous sacrifice – twice -- in defense of Israel.


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7 Questions with Danny Ayalon

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Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister speaks about Jewish values, the Iranian threat, and evangelical Christians.


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