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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.

Heroes on the Border

Heroes on the Border

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How do we respond when a Hezbollah killer goes free?


The Greatest Achievement

The Greatest Achievement

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The secret of Rachel’s greatness.


Racing Up the Ramp

Racing Up the Ramp

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The beginning of Parshat Tzav describes how every morning in the Temple in Jerusalem, one of the Kohanim (priests) would remove the ashes that had ...


Seder Conclusion

Seder Conclusion

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Next Year in Jerusalem!


Your Very Best

Your Very Best

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Parshat Vayikra discusses the "Oleh v'Yored" offering - literally the "up-and-down" offering - so called because it had three levels, based on one's ...


God's Great Name

God's Great Name

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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 ...


Instantaneous-ism

Instantaneous-ism

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The differences between Yaakov and Esav.


Western Wall: Yesterday and Today

Western Wall: Yesterday and Today

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What we see today is only a small portion of the actual Wall.


Exploring the Al-Chet Prayer

Exploring the Al-Chet Prayer

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The Yom Kippur service features a long list of 44 mistakes. What does it all mean?


What You See When Looking At the Wall

What You See When Looking At the Wall

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A detailed description of the fences, gates, and hills surrounding the wall.


Getting the Message Loud and Clear

Getting the Message Loud and Clear

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On being a seeker of truth.


Living Torah

Living Torah

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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 ...


Shadow of God

Shadow of God

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Parshat Pekudei tells about Betzalel, the man who supervised the design and construction of the Tabernacle. The name Betzalel literally means "in ...


A Matter of How You Use It

A Matter of How You Use It

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This week's parsha tells of God's instruction to make a copper washbasin for the Tabernacle (Exodus 30:17). Now let's understand: The Jews were out ...


Shabbos:  Tabernacle of Time

Shabbos: Tabernacle of Time

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The mystical connection between the Tabernacle and Shabbat.


Grappling with Gratitude

Grappling with Gratitude

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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 ...


Publicizing Miracles

Publicizing Miracles

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When we light Chanukah lights, we help each other remember God's miracles and kindnesses.


God? Who is God!?

God? Who is God!?

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The purpose of the Ten Plagues.


The Temple: Do We Feel The Loss?

The Temple: Do We Feel The Loss?

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Is our world the way we really want it to be?


See-Food Diet

See-Food Diet

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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 ...


Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

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The secret of why the Greek empire didn't survive more than a few hundred years.


Jumping on the Bandwagon

Jumping on the Bandwagon

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Parshat Ki Tisa tells of the building of the Golden Calf. The obvious question is: How could the Jews have done such a thing? They had just ...


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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Parshat Tetzaveh usually precedes Purim, when we read the "maftir" portion describing how Amalek attacked the Jewish people as they left ...


The Right Intentions

The Right Intentions

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Parshat Trumah begins with God's instruction to "take a donation" for the Tabernacle. This sounds strange. Shouldn't the Torah have ...


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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Parshat Mishpatim is unusual in that it begins with the word, "And." This effectively connects the mitzvot of this week's parsha to the final topic ...


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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Parshat Beshalach tells how the Jewish people have left Egypt and are heading out into the desert, when suddenly they find Pharaoh and his troops ...


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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Internalizing the wisdom of Torah.


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 ...