About the Author


Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith

Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children. He is the chief editor of Aish.com, one of the world's largest Judaism websites. He is the author of Shmooze: A Guide to Thought-Provoking Discussion on Essential Jewish Issues -- a must-have little book for anyone who loves a good question.


Yom Kippur: We Can Change

Judaism's 5 steps to cleaning your slate.

Chris Pratt’s MTV Sermon

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The rowdy audience of millennials burst into applause when he stated, "God is real. God loves you. Believe that, I do."

At My Grandson’s Bris: Hanukkah, Self-Sacrifice and the Infinite

The mohel instructed me to hold the baby’s legs tight, thrusting me into the reality of what was unfolding.

Our Son’s Special Bar Mitzvah

One milestone day encapsulated the highs and lows of raising a child with Down's syndrome.

Natalie Portman's Christmas Tree

The actress's desire for a Christmas tree isn't trivial. It represents the contemporary Jew's struggle to hold onto her Jewish identity.

France and Aborting Fetuses with Downs Syndrome

Prenatal genetic testing is eliminating babies who would otherwise be born with Down syndrome. France wants to keep it that way.

Yoram Raanan’s Art Studio Destroyed in the Fire

2000 original works of art by the incredibly talented painter went up in smoke.

My Broken Laptop

To fix or not to fix? A too-good-to-be-true story for Elul.

Irreversible Damage

A miraculous true story demonstrates the power of prayer and reminds us never to give up hope.

The Miracle of Aish.com

24 hours. $1,000,000. It's all or nothing.

Aish HaTorah Rabbi Murdered in Terrorist Attack

Rabbi Reuven Biermacher loved every Jew and radiated a fervent passion for Torah.

The Unveiling

I went to Toronto expecting to confront my mother's death more deeply; I encountered instead my father's remarkable dedication to life.

Infographic: Yom Kippur: We Can Change

Uproot the poor decisions from your past by utilizing Judaism’s steps of repentance.

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections

How the Jewish mourning laws counteract the upheaval left in death’s wake.

Saying Goodbye to Mom

My mother was a strong, opinionated dynamo. How could she be gone, just like that?

Terror in Copenhagen

Jews in Europe are once again targets, this time in Copenhagen.

The Intermarriage Taboo

The growing rift within the Jewish people is making it almost impossible to discuss the issue of intermarriage.

Life with Arabs in Jerusalem

The Har Nof massacre has stripped away the veneer of security, leaving us feeling vulnerable.

People Can Change

How to access the transformational power of Yom Kippur.

Facing God on Rosh Hashanah

Three ways to prepare for your personal judgment day.

Zara’s Holocaust Shirt

The fashion faux pas is offensive, but save your indignation and focus on more critical issues.

Beheading James Foley

How can I be of the same species as the person who saws off a man's head with a 6-inch knife?

Saying Shema in Gaza

The Jewish prayer may have stopped a would-be suicide bomber who was Jewish.

8 Lessons from the War in Gaza

Points of clarity uncovered by the war.

Dear Me

Advice to my younger self.

10 Reasons Why We Need the Messiah Right Now

With outrageous levels of insanity overtaking the world, we need him now more than ever.

5 Surprising Facts about Judaism

Including you don’t need to be Jewish to get to Heaven.

5 Reasons to Stand with Israel

As we condemn Mohammed Abu Khdeir's murder, let's not lose sight of the big picture.

Could You Ignore a Holocaust?

Without this quality, it's likely you would. With it, we can remain united.

A Horrific Murder

Let us hope that 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir was not killed by a Jew.

Apologies to the Jewish People

Five apologies that Jews would rather hear than Gary Oldman’s.

Our Brothers

Seven snapshots from an intense week in Israel.

10 Things to Love about Being Jewish

Take a moment to appreciate this most precious gift.

Are you part of the 1% or the 99%?

How many donors does Aish.com have?

6 Mistakes I’m Making as a Father

My kids could tell you more but these are the primary issues I confront on a daily basis.

A Billion People Hate Me

Should the ADL global study on anti-Semitism be cause for alarm?

What Was Aish.com Thinking?

Readers want to know: Why did Aish.com post Tal Fortgang’s article, “Checking My Privilege”?

When Jews Do Bad

Is Donald Sterling’s racism worse because he’s a Jew?

The Gift of Israel

Why I’m fortunate to be living in Israel.

Editors' Blog: My Tisha B'Av Fantasy

Imagine taking Ahmadinejad to the Third Temple that just descended on Jerusalem.

Shocked into Silence

Responding to the horrific murder of Leiby Kletzky.

4 Misconceptions Jews Have About Judaism

Exploring Judaism can mean un-learning mistaken ideas, as much as it means learning new ones.

Raising Yehuda

Becoming parents of a baby with Down's syndrome has forced us to reconsider our views on parenting and what it means to lead a meaningful life.

Rest and Relaxation

Our task is to go out and build our world. And then comes Day Seven.

Material vs. Spiritual

In Judaism, you can't be holy without the physical.

An Open Letter to Sarah Palin

From one parent of a child with Down syndrome to another.

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