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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.

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.


Knowledge and Wisdom

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 ...


Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

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The startling event of a solar eclipse.


The Jewish View of Cremation

The Jewish View of Cremation

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Death involves not just the body, but also the soul.


Organ Donation

Organ Donation

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Saving a life is paramount in Jewish law, but organ donation is much more complex than signing a donor card.


Fifteen Steps to Freedom

Fifteen Steps to Freedom

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The Sages designed the Passover Seder as 15 steps to make you enormously successful. Here's the key to unlocking the code.


Siamese Twins

Siamese Twins

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A case of Siamese twins in England has doctors, judges and moralists perplexed. What does Judaism say about all this?


The Chosen People

The Chosen People

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Appreciating an often-misunderstood idea.


Celebration of Terror

Celebration of Terror

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When Palestinians celebrate terror attacks, the media is strong-armed into suppressing its coverage. Here's why.


Media Critique #26 - CNN's

Media Critique #26 - CNN's "Shootout"

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When a Palestinian commits pre-meditated murder against an Israeli at point-blank range, CNN merely says that a 'gunfight broke out.'


Jews for Jesus

Jews for Jesus

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Underhanded tactics lure unsuspecting Jews into joining a Christian movement.


Why is the Media Biased?

Why is the Media Biased?

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The reasons abound, but the result is the same: Israel is getting a bad rap in the world media.


Judaism and Vegetarianism

Judaism and Vegetarianism

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Where's the beef? Examining the pros and cons.


I Can Do It

I Can Do It

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I conquered because someone believed I could.


7 Principles of Media Objectivity

7 Principles of Media Objectivity

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With the media playing a key role in Mideast events, ensure that you're more than a passive player in the process.


Olympic Champions

Olympic Champions

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A Jewish look at the quest for greatness.


Final Boarding Call

Final Boarding Call

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Through life -- and death -- a young mother teaches us to appreciate the grand eternal plan.


Missing in Action

Missing in Action

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Memorial Day is especially painful for the families of soldiers whose fate remains unknown.


Trent Lott's Moment

Trent Lott's Moment

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Each word and action is brimming with power. The trick is aiming in the right direction.


The Lieberman  Legacy

The Lieberman Legacy

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Joseph Lieberman observes Shabbat and eats kosher. Is that good for the Jews?


When Children Kill Children

When Children Kill Children

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The Colorado high school shootings show a shocked society a reflection of itself.


Selling Model's Eggs

Selling Model's Eggs

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Selling models' reproductive services reveals a society that idolizes superficiality and externality at the expense of depth, meaning and inner quality.


Why Jews Don't Believe In Jesus

Why Jews Don't Believe In Jesus

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For 2,000 years Jews have rejected the Christian idea of Jesus as messiah. Why?


Shrek's Mazal

Shrek's Mazal

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This summer's blockbuster hit is peppered with Jewish messages, thanks in part to one scriptwriter and his own wild Jewish saga.


Sugar Bowl Priorities

Sugar Bowl Priorities

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Are we more interested in 'getting ahead' or in doing the right thing?


Ramon's Legacy

Ramon's Legacy

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He embodies some of Israel's highest aspirations, most painful memories, and the dream of Jewish unity.


The Refugee Issue

The Refugee Issue

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The issue of Palestinians refugees is a sticking point in the peace negotiations. But who is responsible for these refugees?


Small Acts, Eternal Consequences

Small Acts, Eternal Consequences

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The razor-close U.S. elections prove that no act, however small, goes unnoticed in the grand eternal plan.


Jewish Captives In Iran

Jewish Captives In Iran

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Thirteen Jews held captive in Iran are threatened with capital punishment for spying.


Israeli Ambassador in Space

Israeli Ambassador in Space

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Col. Ilan Ramon will orbit the earth in search of Jewish unity. An exclusive interview with Aish.com.