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.


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...

Chanukah Quiz

Test your knowledge!

It's Up To Us

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

ABC's of the Omer

The significance, customs and mechanics of counting the Omer.

Humility & Mt. Sinai

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

Lag B'Omer: Remembering Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

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

Fast of Esther

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

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Shavuot Learn-a-thon

Awakening from our national slumber.

Mutual Responsibility

This week's parsha records how Moses, on the last day of his life, gathered together the entire...

Essential Jewish Library

Ten books that are essential to any Jewish home.

Noah's Ark

Pivotal lessons from this week’s enigmatic parsha.

Balancing the World

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Shushan Purim

Are you a resident of a "walled city"? If so, you'll celebrate Purim on a different day than other Jews.

Seder Plate - 15 Steps

The 15 Seder steps and what they symbolize.

What Is Purim?

Summing up the Purim holiday: They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.

The Mysterious Copper Mirrors

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Secrets of the Four Species

The key to joy is success in our relationships. This includes our relationship with other people, with ourselves, and with God.

A Quick Overview of the High Holidays

The most important time of the Jewish year is often the most misunderstood. Here's all the basics you need to know.

Reading the Megillah

The laws of reading the book of Esther twice on Purim.

How To Be a Good Shabbat Guest

A guide to making your visit more pleasurable for you and your hosts.

Kiddush - First Cup

Why is this one of the 15 steps to freedom?

Discovering Ourselves

The Talmud says that Moses, before his death, wrote 13 Torah scrolls - one was kept in the Holy...

Laws of the Four Species

The Torah says: "You shall take ... the beautiful fruit (Etrog), a palm frond (Lulav),...

Make the Omer Count

Instead of counting "down" toward the big day, we count "up" from one to 50. Why?

Revolutionary Illumination

A new invention allows you to turn the light "on and off" on Shabbat. No timers, no switches.

Pronouncing the Name

Parshat Ha'Azinu includes the verse: "When I say God's Name, it should be with greatness." The...

Tefillin: A Primer

Tefillin: Everything you need to know about those powerful black boxes, placed on the head and arm.

Why Dairy on Shavuot?

Seven fascinating reasons for this popular custom.

Just Too Much

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can change in...

Exploring the Al-Chet prayer

When one begins to look at the task of teshuva (repentance), it can be overwhelming. We've made so...

Urchatz - Karpas

Lessons and ideas behind these two symbols.

Why Not Intermarry?

Exploring some rational reasons.

Laws of the Four Species

The special mitzvah of waving the 4 species: Esrog, Myrtle, Willow and Lulav.

Gifts to Friends and the Poor

Giving food and money spurs feelings of camaraderie and unity among Jews. It's also a special mitzvah on Purim.

Perfect Travels

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

ABC's of Chanukah (Hanukkah)

Everything you need to know about the holiday of Chanukah - Hanukkah.

The Big Picture

Parshat Ki Tavo speaks about bringing the first fruits of the harvest to the Temple in Jerusalem....

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