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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.

Power to the People

Power to the People

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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 ...


Holy Inside and Out

Holy Inside and Out

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Judaism and hypocrisy.


Eye of the Universe

Eye of the Universe

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Appreciating the significance of Jerusalem's Holy Temple.


Generating Doubt

Generating Doubt

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The Right Intentions

The Right Intentions

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The Place that God Chooses

The Place that God Chooses

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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 ...


The Kabbalah of Clothes

The Kabbalah of Clothes

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What are we communicating with our clothes?


Defiling the Holy

Defiling the Holy

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The Greeks wanted to tear out the heart of Judaism and reduce it to mere symbolism.


Up the Ramp

Up the Ramp

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The Process of Assimilation

The Process of Assimilation

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On being a proud Jew today.


40 Days to a Better Self

40 Days to a Better Self

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Prayer is not waving a magic wand and hoping for the best.


Love the Convert

Love the Convert

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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 ...


Rebbetzin Jungreis on the Holocaust

Rebbetzin Jungreis on the Holocaust

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As the new Yad Vashem museum opens, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen speaks of Jewish courage, resistance and triumph.


Wasting Time

Wasting Time

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Mr. Cohen is pacing nervously in the waiting room of a hospital maternity ward where, inside, his wife is giving birth to their first child. ...


Jewish Unity and the Key to Redemption

Jewish Unity and the Key to Redemption

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The Jewish People are handicapped if even one Jew has fallen away from our people.


Uncontrolled Enthusiasm

Uncontrolled Enthusiasm

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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 ...


God and Your Parents

God and Your Parents

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Parshat Yitro tells of the revelation at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. The commandments were written on two tablets, but there ...


Drink 'Till You...

Drink 'Till You...

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L'chaim! What's behind the unique mitzvah of getting drunk on Purim?


ABCs of Yom Kippur

ABCs of Yom Kippur

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Guidelines for the holiest day of the Jewish year – the Day of Atonement.


Kippah: A Blessing On Your Head

Kippah: A Blessing On Your Head

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It is perhaps the most instantly identifiable mark of a Jew. When and why do we wear a kippah?


The Narrow Place

The Narrow Place

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In the Eyes of God and Man

In the Eyes of God and Man

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A lesson in integrity.


Few in Number

Few in Number

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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 ...


Down-To-Earth Spirituality

Down-To-Earth Spirituality

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Last week's Parsha told of the dramatic giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. It was a spiritual trip so powerful that every Jew ...


Kamtza and Bar Kamtza

Kamtza and Bar Kamtza

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The story that destroyed the Holy Temple.


Purim Vs. Yom Kippur

Purim Vs. Yom Kippur

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Purim is holier than Yom Kippur? They didn’t teach that in Hebrew school!


Commemorating the Exodus

Commemorating the Exodus

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In Parshat Bo, as the Jews prepare for the Exodus from Egypt, God designates Nissan as the first month of the Jewish calendar. This is difficult to ...


For the Love of Moses

For the Love of Moses

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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 ...


Building Blocks

Building Blocks

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Parshat Va'eira tells about Aaron performing miracles in front of Pharaoh, and how he turns a stick into a snake. So what's Pharaoh's response? ...


Real Heroes

Real Heroes

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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 ...


Be a Giver

Be a Giver

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How to bring the reality of God into the world.


Wool and Linen = Shatnez

Wool and Linen = Shatnez

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A practical guide to keeping your clothes kosher.


Mezuzah: The Inside Story

Mezuzah: The Inside Story

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Complete guide to making your doorpost Jewish. But will it protect your home?


The Golden Calf: Yesterday and Today

The Golden Calf: Yesterday and Today

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As Cecille B. DeMille would say: "Let's set the scene." The Jewish people have just stood at Mount Sinai and heard the Ten Commandments. ...


Under Pharaoh's Nose

Under Pharaoh's Nose

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Parshat Shmot tells how the baby Moses - floating in a basket in the river - is saved by Pharaoh's daughter, who adopts Moses and takes him to live ...


Taste of a Mitzvah

Taste of a Mitzvah

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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 ...


Seventh of Adar

Seventh of Adar

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Haman picked this day as the best time to plot the destruction of the Jewish people. His calculations left out one crucial thing...


Moving Down in the World

Moving Down in 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 ...


The Sin of the Spies

The Sin of the Spies

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The deeper connection between the wandering in the desert and the destruction of the Holy Temple.


Jewish Value

Jewish Value

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Parshat Vayechi quotes Jacob as saying that when he dies, he wishes to be buried "in the grave which I dug"(Genesis 50:5) - a reference to the Cave ...


Go to Yourself

Go to Yourself

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Abraham’s amazing discovery of monotheism.


Who Is a Leader?

Who Is a Leader?

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The issue of national leadership is grabbing headlines around the world. What better time for learning the Torah's view of leadership than this ...


Can You or Can't You?

Can You or Can't You?

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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 ...


Nothing Else Works

Nothing Else Works

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Parshat Vayigash tells how Jacob, his children and grandchildren all get ready to move down to Egypt. And the verse says that Jacob sent his son ...


Getting Back to Eden

Getting Back to Eden

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All the wild shrubs did not yet exist on the earth, and all the wild plants had not yet sprouted. This was because God had not brought rain on the ...


Haman: Heir to Amalek

Haman: Heir to Amalek

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Amalek, the nation that personified evil, insisted that God was absent in the world and everything happened by chance.


Day After Day

Day After Day

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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 ...


Natural Wisdom

Natural Wisdom

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Parshat Mikeitz tells of Pharaoh's dreams of the 7 cows, and the 7 sheaves of grain. Pharaoh's advisors try to interpret the dreams - suggesting ...


Concrete Action

Concrete Action

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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 ...


The Power of Speech

The Power of Speech

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One man spread a rumor about another. He later felt regret, and went to the rabbi to ask how to make amends. "Go to the store and buy a bag of ...


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