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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 Inside Scoop on Syria

The Inside Scoop on Syria

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Why is the media pandering to the Assads?


Bombings: Iran Blames Israel

Bombings: Iran Blames Israel

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In the wake of this week’s bombings against Israeli targets in India and Bangkok, Iran is blaming Israel for attacking its own people. We're ...


The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon

The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon

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The biggest sports story of the year is Jeremy Lin, the 23-year-old Asian-American basketball player now lighting up the NBA. Here’s a guy ...


Whitney Houston and Israel

Whitney Houston and Israel

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Whitney Houston, the pop sensation who died on Saturday, was many things to many people. She was one of the first black women to achieve ...


The Super Finger

The Super Finger

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Of the six closest Super Bowls of all-time, the New York Giants have won three of them, and this year was spectacularly close. But the real buzz in ...


Poll: 80 Percent of Israeli Jews Believe in God

Poll: 80 Percent of Israeli Jews Believe in God

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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 ...


NY Times Hides the Iranian Threat to Israel – Again

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 ...


Mitt Romney’s Tithes

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 ...


Shraga's Blog

Shraga's Blog

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


Yom Tzedakah

Yom Tzedakah

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A special day to educate and inspire toward charitable giving.


Despicable Men

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.


What is an Intifada?

What is an Intifada?

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And why Facebook should not be promoting it.


The Intifada’s Toll

The Intifada’s Toll

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What exactly was Facebook promoting?


Managing Justin Bieber

Managing Justin Bieber

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


Seven Steps to an Easy Fast

Seven Steps to an Easy Fast

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Giving new meaning to the term "fast food."


Soul Shyne

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:


Emerging from the Mine

Emerging from the Mine

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Appreciating the surge of joy at Camp Hope.


Divorce in Judaism

Divorce in Judaism

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


ABCs of Tisha B'Av & the Three Weeks

ABCs of Tisha B'Av & the Three Weeks

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The Jewish national period of mourning.


Suicide Activists on the Gaza Flotilla

Suicide Activists on the Gaza Flotilla

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Why initiate a violent confrontation with the Israeli army?


Returning Lost Objects

Returning Lost Objects

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


Photo Fraud in Lebanon

Photo Fraud in Lebanon

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The incredible inside story of fraudulent 'news' photos coming out of Lebanon.


Seven Questions: Mother’s Pain, Mother’s Pride

Seven Questions: Mother’s Pain, Mother’s Pride

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


7 Questions with Danny Ayalon

7 Questions with Danny Ayalon

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


The Power of Speech

The Power of Speech

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The tongue holds the keys to life and death.


Constructive Criticism

Constructive Criticism

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How to give it, and how to take it.


Animal Offerings

Animal Offerings

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Understanding their relevance to the 21st century.


Don't Add or Subtract

Don't Add or Subtract

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The mitzvot are immutable.


7 Questions: The Noachide

7 Questions: The Noachide

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The amazing journey of Jim Long, an observant Noachide.


New Aish Center at the Western Wall

New Aish Center at the Western Wall

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Premier educational programs amidst an architectural marvel.


Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

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Unique in its universality, intensity, longevity and irrationality: What is the root of anti-Semitism?


ABCs of Sukkot

ABCs of Sukkot

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Guidelines for the joyous Jewish outdoor festival of Sukkot.


Filling Asaf Ramons Void

Filling Asaf Ramons Void

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The death of Asaf Ramon is a shocking national tragedy.


Propaganda: Exposed

Propaganda: Exposed

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A lesson in media manipulation.


Full Grown Ox

Full Grown Ox

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Parshat Shmini describes the inauguration of the Tabernacle, the portable sanctuary that accompanied the Jewish people during their 40 years of ...


Awesome Power

Awesome Power

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The final verse of the Torah is a statement attesting to "the strong hand and the awesome power that Moses performed before the eyes of all Israel" ...


Chanukah Quiz

Chanukah Quiz

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Test your knowledge!


It's Up To Us

It's Up To Us

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Rav Noach taught that every individual is responsible to change the world.


ABC's of the Omer

ABC's of the Omer

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The significance, customs and mechanics of counting the Omer.


Humility & Mt. Sinai

Humility & Mt. Sinai

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It's no accident that Torah was revealed on that particular mountain.


Lag B'Omer: Remembering Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Lag B'Omer: Remembering Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

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Lag B'Omer marks the date of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's death. So why is it such a celebration?


Fast of Esther

Fast of Esther

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The fast of the 13th of Adar is intended to hone the soul and galvanize Jewish strength for the challenges ahead.


Moses: Master of Self

Moses: Master of Self

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Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can change in just one minute! To download the MP3 ...


Shavuot Learn-a-thon

Shavuot Learn-a-thon

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Awakening from our national slumber.


Mutual Responsibility

Mutual Responsibility

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This week's parsha records how Moses, on the last day of his life, gathered together the entire Jewish nation and introduced a new level of the ...


Essential Jewish Library

Essential Jewish Library

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Ten books that are essential to any Jewish home.


Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

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The Torah’s contemporary lessons not included in the hit film.


Balancing the World

Balancing the World

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Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can change in just one minute! To download the MP3 ...