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.


Discovering What You Already Know

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

Blessing of Ephraim & Menashe

Why do we bless our sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe?

Torah Model

In Parshat Emor, God tells the Jewish people: "You shall not desecrate My Holy Name, rather I...

Exile and Return (part 3)

At the end of last week's parsha, Mikeitz, things were looking grim. Joseph – having not yet...

Filling the Vacuum

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

ABC's of Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A 7-point guide to the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony.

Mayor with the Golden Touch

Uri Lupolianski, mayor of Jerusalem, has an even bigger claim to fame. An Aish.com exclusive.

How To Be Holy

Parshat Kedoshim begins with the commandment to "Be holy." How do we achieve holiness? Nachmanides...

The Lost Art of Prophecy

Prophecy ceased with the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE.

50-50 Chance

Parshat Acharei Mot discusses the Yom Kippur service in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. One of the...

Exile and Return (part 2)

The Sages enumerate four separate "exiles" that the Jewish people have endured since...

The Angel With No Name

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

Eating the Matzah

It is a Torah mitzvah to eat matzah on Seder night.

Degrees of Crime

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

Light of Dawn

The name of this parsha is "Metzora," which refers to a type of spiritual skin disease. The...

Exile and Return (part 1)

This week's parsha features the famous story of Joseph being sold by his jealous brothers. Joseph...

Bitter Herbs and Korech Sandwich

The why's and how's of eating bitter herbs on Seder night.

Accepting the New Reality

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

Communal Connection

Parshat Tazria describes a skin disease called "Tzara'at." The Talmud says this is a spiritual...

Shema Yisrael

What is behind the most famous Jewish prayer?

Animal Offerings in Temple Times

Understanding the phenomenon in the 21st century.

The Value of Life

Everything in the world is a potential springboard for meaning.

Teshuva: Dry Cleaning for the Soul

Done something wrong? We all have. Here's how to fix it. Once and for all.

Receiving a Blessing

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

Atonement Today Through Prayer and Teshuva

If there is no Temple, how do we achieve atonement?

Heroes on the Border

How do we respond when a Hezbollah killer goes free?

The Greatest Achievement

The secret of Rachel’s greatness.

Racing Up the Ramp

The beginning of Parshat Tzav describes how every morning in the Temple in Jerusalem, one of the...

Seder Conclusion

Next Year in Jerusalem!

Your Very Best

Parshat Vayikra discusses the "Oleh v'Yored" offering - literally the "up-and-down" offering - so...

God's Great Name

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

Instantaneous-ism

Esau and the seduction of instant gratification.

Western Wall: Yesterday and Today

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

Exploring the Al-Chet Prayer

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

What You See When Looking At the Wall

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

Getting the Message Loud and Clear

Three tools for attaining clarity.

Living Torah

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

Shadow of God

Parshat Pekudei tells about Betzalel, the man who supervised the design and construction of the...

A Matter of How You Use It

This week's parsha tells of God's instruction to make a copper washbasin for the Tabernacle...

Shabbos: Tabernacle of Time

A total mind-body immersive experience.

Grappling with Gratitude

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

Publicizing Miracles

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

God? Who is God!?

The purpose of the Ten Plagues.

The Temple: Do We Feel The Loss?

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

See-Food Diet

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

Knowledge Vs. Wisdom

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

Jumping on the Bandwagon

Parshat Ki Tisa tells of the building of the Golden Calf. The obvious question is: How could the...

Power to the People

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

Holy Inside and Out

The importance of authenticity.

Eye of the Universe

Appreciating the significance of Jerusalem's Holy Temple.

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