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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. 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.

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Getting Back to Eden

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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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Natural Wisdom

Natural Wisdom

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Concrete Action

Concrete Action

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The Power of Speech

The Power of Speech

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Snakes and Scorpions

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Call My Bluff

Call My Bluff

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Israel and Kiddush Hashem

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Tisha B'Av - The Ninth of Av

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Overview and laws of the Jewish national day of mourning.


Hidden Blessings

Hidden Blessings

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The Three Weeks

The Three Weeks

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Overview and laws of the period leading up to Tisha B'Av.


Etiquette Faux Pas

Etiquette Faux Pas

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Parshat Vayetzei tells how Jacob worked for seven years to marry his beloved Rachel. But then at the last minute, Rachel's father Lavan pulls a fast ...


Intermarriage and Identity

Intermarriage and Identity

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Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

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This week's Parsha begins with the tragic deaths of Aaron's two sons, Nadav and Avihu. The Torah says that "fire consumed them" ...


Midstream Adjustment

Midstream Adjustment

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In Parshat Toldot, Isaac wants to give the special "birthright" blessing to his son Esav. Rebecca, however, knows prophetically that Esav is ...


The Impossible Dream?

The Impossible Dream?

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The Israeli government has a spy in France named Goldstein. They want to send him a message, so they call in another spy and say, "Go over to ...


Higher Than Angels

Higher Than Angels

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17th of Tammuz

17th of Tammuz

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Beginning three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.


Greatest Test of All

Greatest Test of All

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Nine Holy Words

Nine Holy Words

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Click on this link to hear Rabbi Shraga's insights from the weekly Torah ...


Human Degradation

Human Degradation

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The Fast of Gedalia

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One day after Rosh Hashanah commemorates a tragedy in Jewish history whose message reverberates for us today.


Individuality within Structure

Individuality within Structure

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Toxic Purity

Toxic Purity

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The Mistaken Laugh

The Mistaken Laugh

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Pursuit of Peace

Pursuit of Peace

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The dangers of dissension and the importance of pursuing peace.


Mazal Tov!

Mazal Tov!

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Every person is born underneath an astrological field, a particular energy-flow that determines many specifics of life – personality, ...


Speech and Unity

Speech and Unity

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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 ...


Star of David

Star of David

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From the Holocaust to the Israeli flag, what is the deeper meaning of this six-pointed Jewish symbol?


Aaron's Hesitation

Aaron's Hesitation

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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 ...


Daredevil on the Bridge

Daredevil on the Bridge

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Clarity sometimes comes when you least expect it.


Touching and Eating

Touching and Eating

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Parshat Bereishit recounts the famous story of Adam & Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. This incident is truly shocking, ...


Moses Hits the Rock

Moses Hits the Rock

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This week's Parsha features one of the most perplexing incidents in the entire Torah. The Jews have been wandering for 40 years in the desert and ...


7 Ways To Win The Newlywed Game

7 Ways To Win The Newlywed Game

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The Newlywed Game is harder than you may have thought. Use these seven tips to make your first year of marriage a winner.


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Knowledge and Wisdom

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All positive brainpower depends on the Central Wisdom.


Point of Unacceptability

Point of Unacceptability

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In this week's parsha, God sends a flood to destroy the world. And the big question is: What was so terrible about Noah's generation that they were ...


Fighting for God

Fighting for God

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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 ...


To Pray Or Not To Pray

To Pray Or Not To Pray

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The saying goes: "God giveth and God taketh away." Is it all random? Or is there a deep message that we can tap into for personal growth and actualization?


Humility and Mount Sinai

Humility and Mount Sinai

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Humility isn’t what you think it is.


The Up-and-Down Offering

The Up-and-Down Offering

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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 ...


Remembering Amalek

Remembering Amalek

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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 ...


Bilaam Versus Abraham

Bilaam Versus Abraham

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"Whoever has three particular traits is counted among the students of Abraham, and whoever has three other traits is among the students of ...


Don't Add or Subtract

Don't Add or Subtract

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The strength of Judaism is its consistency through the generations.


ABC's of Rosh Hashanah

ABC's of Rosh Hashanah

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A handy checklist of everything you need to know for the New Year.


Symbolism of the Shofar

Symbolism of the Shofar

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The quintessential symbol of Rosh Hashana is more than just a primitive trumpet.


Love and War

Love and War

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One of the most difficult topics in the Torah is described in this week's Parsha (Deut. 13:16): the commandment to destroy the "Wayward ...


The Apology Factor

The Apology Factor

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Making a commitment to correct our mistakes.


Returning Lost Objects

Returning Lost Objects

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"Finders keepers, losers weepers" is not a Jewish concept.


Did it? Admit it!

Did it? Admit it!

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Everyone knows that Adam and Eve made a bad mistake in the Garden of Eden. But was their primary mistake eating from the fruit? No. A look at the ...