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.


Above the Stars

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

Building a Sukkah - Basics

Have your hammer and nails on hand? It's time to build a Sukkah!

The Festive Purim Meal

Get out the silly string afor the wackiest time of the Jewish year. But don't forget the rules.

Four Parshiot

In the weeks surrounding Purim, four special Torah readings inspire the rest of the year.

Walking with God

A practical primer on how to emulate God.

ABC's of Elul

The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.

Shmini Azeret and Simchat Torah

God adds a special day at the end of Sukkot, a day of great intimacy with our Creator, as He asks His Jewish children to remain with him for extra personal time together.

Where is Jerusalem?

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

Girls' Names

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

Precautionary Measures

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

ABCs of Tu B’Shvat

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

Life's Most Important Thing

What’s your personal bottom line?

The Test of Wealth

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

Special Status

Parshat Ekev tells of the special mitzvah to love converts. Converts hold a special status in...

Four Questions & Slaves

Why are questions so important?

Growth Worksheet

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

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

Secret of the Jews

The prophet Isaiah refers to the Jewish people as a "light unto the nations," and it's no secret...

Priorities

Reuben and Gad and the power of distraction.

Life's Most Important Thing

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

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

Pidyon Ha'ben - Redemption of First Born

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

Harming Others With Words

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

Priorities

In this week's parsha, the Jewish people are in final preparations for entering the Land of Israel...

On the Right Foot

In Parshat Devarim, Moses presents a recap of the past 40 years in the desert. Moses refers to...

Two Identical Goats

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

Pet Food for Passover

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

ABCs of Honoring Parents

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

Upsherin - First Haircut

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

Perfect Travels

Parshat Masay enumerates the 42 different locations at which the Jewish people encamped during...

Why Things Happen

How to rise up to life’s challenges.

Friday Night 1-2-3

Not sure how to begin? Look no further!

The Mixed Multitude

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

All About Kitniyot

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

High Expectations

At the beginning of Parshat Matot, God tells Moses to do battle against the Midianites -...

Idolators - 400 Years

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

Spiritually Pure

One problem that causes difficulty in learning about various concepts in Judaism is the...

It's a Girl!

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

Jump Into the Sea

What it takes to be the first one to jump in.

Having a Bad Day?

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

Day In, Day Out

Parshat Pinchas tells of the heroic deed of Pinchas, who jumped up with spear in his hand to save...

Six Reasons Why The Wall Is Holy

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

Down to Egypt

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

Code of Creation

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

Lightning Rod

Parshat Balak tells of the Jewish people encountering the Moabites in the desert. The king of Moab...

Seder Preparations Checklist

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

ABC's of Passover

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is known as the "holiday of freedom," commemorating the...

Naming a Baby

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

Giving and Taking

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

Building a Sukkah

SELECTING A SITE To build your own Sukkah, first select a site that has nothing hanging above it...

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