click here to jump to start of article
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​




About the Author

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.

Where is Jerusalem?

Where is Jerusalem?

by

A verse in Parshat Re'eh (Deuteronomy 12:5) tells us to serve God "at the place that God chooses." This "place" refers to Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, ...


Girls' Names

Girls' Names

by

The origin and meaning of some of the most common Jewish names for girls.


Precautionary Measures

Precautionary Measures

by

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


ABCs of Tu B’Shvat

ABCs of Tu B’Shvat

by

The “new year for trees” has a special set of meaningful customs.


Life's Most Important Thing

Life's Most Important Thing

by

What’s your personal bottom line?


The Test of Wealth

The Test of Wealth

by

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


Special Status

Special Status

by

Parshat Ekev tells of the special mitzvah to love converts. Converts hold a special status in Jewish life, since they did the heroic deed of leaving ...


Four Questions & Slaves

Four Questions & Slaves

by

Why are questions so important?


Growth Worksheet

Growth Worksheet

by

The High Holidays are all about personal growth. Here are key areas that will make the greatest difference in building overall spiritual health.


Bnei Brak Wise Men

Bnei Brak Wise Men

by

"Whoever talks at length about Exodus from Egypt is praiseworthy."


Secret of the Jews

Secret of the Jews

by

The prophet Isaiah refers to the Jewish people as a "light unto the nations," and it's no secret that Jews have positively influenced the world. As ...


Priorities

Priorities

by

Reuben and Gad and the power of distraction.


Life's Most Important Thing

Life's Most Important Thing

by

This Rosh Hashana, will we be able to stand before God with confidence? Only if we know the bottom line of what we're living for.


Everyone Counts

Everyone Counts

by

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


Pidyon Ha'ben - Redemption of First Born

Pidyon Ha'ben - Redemption of First Born

by

Explaining the Jewish ceremony of buying a baby boy for five silver coins.


Harming Others With Words

Harming Others With Words

by

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


Priorities

Priorities

by

In this week's parsha, the Jewish people are in final preparations for entering the Land of Israel. Two of the tribes, Reuven and Gad have been ...


On the Right Foot

On the Right Foot

by

In Parshat Devarim, Moses presents a recap of the past 40 years in the desert. Moses refers to the ill-fated incident of the 12 Spies who scouted ...


Two Identical Goats

Two Identical Goats

by

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


Pet Food for Passover

Pet Food for Passover

by

If Fido is hungry on Passover, here's what you can ― and can't ― feed your family pet.


ABCs of Honoring Parents

ABCs of Honoring Parents

by

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


Upsherin - First Haircut

Upsherin - First Haircut

by

What's the story behind little Jewish boys running around with long hair?


Perfect Travels

Perfect Travels

by

Parshat Masay enumerates the 42 different locations at which the Jewish people encamped during their 40 years in the desert. The travel route was ...


Why Things Happen

Why Things Happen

by

Finding meaning in the day-to-day occurrences of our lives.


Friday Night 1-2-3

Friday Night 1-2-3

by

Not sure how to begin? Look no further!


The Mixed Multitude

The Mixed Multitude

by

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


All About Kitniyot

All About Kitniyot

by

Everybody knows you can't eat bread during Passover. But what's the deal with not eating rice and beans, too?


High Expectations

High Expectations

by

At the beginning of Parshat Matot, God tells Moses to do battle against the Midianites - immediately after which Moses is destined to die. Now for ...


Idolators - 400 Years

Idolators - 400 Years

by

Life is a continuous process toward self-discovery. It is never too late.


Spiritually Pure

Spiritually Pure

by

One problem that causes difficulty in learning about various concepts in Judaism is the translation of Hebrew words. Many of these words have no ...


It's a Girl!

It's a Girl!

by

Thank Heaven for little girls. A guide to celebrating the newborn.


Jump Into the Sea

Jump Into the Sea

by

Finding the courage to confront your own sea and fulfill your potential.


Having a Bad Day?

Having a Bad Day?

by

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


Day In, Day Out

Day In, Day Out

by

Parshat Pinchas tells of the heroic deed of Pinchas, who jumped up with spear in his hand to save the Jewish people from a plague of immorality. ...


Six Reasons Why The Wall Is Holy

Six Reasons Why The Wall Is Holy

by

The Western Wall is at the root of the Jewish nation.


Down to Egypt

Down to Egypt

by

Our forefather Jacob did not go to Egypt to settle permanently, but only to reside temporarily.


Code of Creation

Code of Creation

by

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


Lightning Rod

Lightning Rod

by

Parshat Balak tells of the Jewish people encountering the Moabites in the desert. The king of Moab wants to fortify his country's strength, so he ...


Seder Preparations Checklist

Seder Preparations Checklist

by

Seder means "order" because there are so many details to remember.


ABC's of Passover

ABC's of Passover

by

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is known as the "holiday of freedom," commemorating the Jewish Exodus from Egypt following 210 years of ...


Naming a Baby

Naming a Baby

by

A name defines a person's essence. Choose carefully.


Giving and Taking

Giving and Taking

by

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


Building a Sukkah

Building a Sukkah

by

SELECTING A SITE To build your own Sukkah, first select a site that has nothing hanging above it -- i.e. a roof or a tree. The Sukkah floor space ...


Essential Vitamins

Essential Vitamins

by

Powerful potions in pleasurable packaging.


Tabernacle of Time

Tabernacle of Time

by

Shabbat is an anywhere-in-the-world, expense-free holy-time vacation.


Babylon's Fallen Tyrant

Babylon's Fallen Tyrant

by

Saddam Hussein saw himself as the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar. And he suffered the same ignoble fate.


300 Mules

300 Mules

by

Parshat Korach tells how Korach instigated a rebellion against the leadership of Moses. This act involved a surprising amount of chutzpah, given the ...


Man Is a Tree

Man Is a Tree

by

The Torah compares a person to a tree. Roots, branches, leaves. What's the connection?


One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

by

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


Higher Than the Angels

Higher Than the Angels

by

This week's Parsha begins with the Mitzvah to "Be holy." How do we achieve holiness? The Torah provides many avenues, and keeping Kosher in a ...