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.


BBC: No Rockets from Gaza

I just heard this BBC interview with Dr. Mona El-Farra, vice president of the Red Crescent in Gaza...

Jerusalem Marathon: Up Close and Personal

The second annual Jerusalem Marathon is set for March 16, with 15,000 participants from 50...

Gaza Madness

With world attention focused on the coming of March Madness, the real madness is taking place in...

Pre-Purim Call for Unity

The day before Purim, in response to the many dangers threatening the Jewish people in Israel...

17. Tzitzit

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

BBC’s Secret Bias

It’s now final: Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that BBC can keep secret the results of...

Purim and Iran

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

Richard Dawkins and the Atheist’s Prayer

Richard Dawkins, the worldwide Dean of Atheists and author of The God Delusion, is not sure about...

New Roots in the Holy Land

Last year, Aish.com posted an article about Geoff & Jenny Isaacs who – through the magic...

“Google Exodus” Selected for Jewish Film Festivals

This week, Aish.com's viral-smash film, "Google Exodus," was featured at the Atlanta...

Al-Dura Discredited, Again

Remember the case of Muhammad al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy who was shot by unknown gunmen, which...

The Oil Spill

I never quite understood the rabbinic statement that if you speak negatively about another person...

The Inside Scoop on Syria

Why is the media pandering to the Assads?

Bombings: Iran Blames Israel

In the wake of this week’s bombings against Israeli targets in India and Bangkok, Iran is...

The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon

The biggest sports story of the year is Jeremy Lin, the 23-year-old Asian-American basketball...

Whitney Houston and Israel

Whitney Houston, the pop sensation who died on Saturday, was many things to many people. She was...

The Super Finger

Of the six closest Super Bowls of all-time, the New York Giants have won three of them, and this...

Poll: 80 Percent of Israeli Jews Believe in God

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

NY Times Hides the Iranian Threat to Israel – Again

The New York Times reports: In Tehran, the speech by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,...

Mitt Romney’s Tithes

Aish.com contributor Yvette Alt Miller notes that with the release of Mitt Romney's income tax...

Shraga's Blog

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

Yom Tzedakah

A special day to educate and inspire toward charitable giving.

Despicable Men

What drives the rich and famous over the edge?

Goldstone's Feeble Backtrack

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

What is an Intifada?

And why Facebook should not be promoting it.

The Intifada’s Toll

What exactly was Facebook promoting?

Managing Justin Bieber

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

Seven Steps to an Easy Fast

Giving new meaning to the term "fast food."

Soul Shyne

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

Passover Quiz

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

Emerging from the Mine

Appreciating the surge of joy at Camp Hope.

Divorce in Judaism

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

ABCs of Tisha B'Av & the Three Weeks

The Jewish national period of mourning.

Suicide Activists on the Gaza Flotilla

Why initiate a violent confrontation with the Israeli army?

Returning Lost Objects

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

Photo Fraud in Lebanon

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

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

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

7 Questions with Danny Ayalon

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

The Power of Speech

The tongue holds the keys to life and death.

Constructive Criticism

How to give it, and how to take it.

Animal Offerings

Understanding their relevance to the 21st century.

Don't Add or Subtract

The mitzvot are immutable.

7 Questions: The Noachide

The amazing journey of Jim Long, an observant Noachide.

New Aish Center at the Western Wall

Premier educational programs amidst an architectural marvel.

Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

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

ABCs of Sukkot

Guidelines for the joyous Jewish outdoor festival of Sukkot.

Filling Asaf Ramons Void

The death of Asaf Ramon is a shocking national tragedy.

Propaganda: Exposed

A lesson in media manipulation.

Full Grown Ox

Parshat Shmini describes the inauguration of the Tabernacle, the portable sanctuary that...

Awesome Power

The final verse of the Torah is a statement attesting to "the strong hand and the awesome power...

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