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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.

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


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


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Saying Shema in Gaza

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


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8 Lessons from the War in Gaza

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Points of clarity uncovered by the war.


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Dear Me

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Advice to my younger self.


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10 Reasons Why We Need the Messiah Right Now

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


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5 Surprising Facts about Judaism

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


5 Reasons to Stand with Israel

5 Reasons to Stand with Israel

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


Could You Ignore a Holocaust?

Could You Ignore a Holocaust?

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


A Horrific Murder

A Horrific Murder

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


Apologies to the Jewish People

Apologies to the Jewish People

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


Our Brothers

Our Brothers

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Seven snapshots from an intense week in Israel.


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Does it really matter?


10 Things to Love about Being Jewish

10 Things to Love about Being Jewish

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Take a moment to appreciate this most precious gift.


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

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How many donors does Aish.com have?


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6 Mistakes I’m Making as a Father

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


A Billion People Hate Me

A Billion People Hate Me

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


What Was Aish.com Thinking?

What Was Aish.com Thinking?

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


When Jews Do Bad

When Jews Do Bad

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


The Gift of Israel

The Gift of Israel

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Why I’m fortunate to be living in Israel.


Climbing the Ladder

Climbing the Ladder

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Is life really fair?


Editors' Blog: My Tisha B'Av Fantasy

Editors' Blog: My Tisha B'Av Fantasy

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


Shocked into Silence

Shocked into Silence

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Responding to the horrific murder of Leiby Kletzky.


4 Misconceptions Jews Have About Judaism

4 Misconceptions Jews Have About Judaism

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


Raising Yehuda

Raising Yehuda

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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.


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


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Material vs. Spiritual

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


An Open Letter to Sarah Palin

An Open Letter to Sarah Palin

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


Morality: Who Needs God?

Morality: Who Needs God?

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If there is an absolute standard of morality, then there must be a God. Disagree? Consider the alternative.


Hiding from God

Hiding from God

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Who is the master of your universe? A Rosh Hashanah meditation.


Mayor with the Golden Touch

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


Wrestling with Suffering

Wrestling with Suffering

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Jewish philosophical approaches to one of life's fundamental questions.


Transcendence and Oneness

Transcendence and Oneness

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Kurt Vonnegut and encounters with the Infinite source of existence.


On Being Aish'd

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What is the secret of Aish HaTorah's success?


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What supports the claim that God spoke to the entire Jewish people at the foot of Mount Sinai?


Moral Independence

Moral Independence

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Being a Jew demands developing the intellectual and moral courage to live by what is true, even if the whole world stands opposed.


Search for Truth

Search for Truth

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Searching for religious truth is more than a matter of faith. It requires a unique blend of genuine tolerance with cogent reasoning and intellectual honesty.


God: An Introduction

God: An Introduction

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Delve into some mind-boggling concepts in this exploration of the Jewish definition of God.


Nike and the Purpose of Life

Nike and the Purpose of Life

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What is the purpose of existence? Let's first answer: What is the purpose of the Nike shoe factory?


The Design Argument

The Design Argument

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Does the intricate design of the universe serve as evidence for the existence of God?


Seeing the Elephant

Seeing the Elephant

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It's natural to protect ourselves from information we perceive as threatening. But it can be a big monkey wrench in seeing the elephant and recognizing God.


Our Drive For Meaning

Our Drive For Meaning

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Meaning is one of man's greatest needs. Can life have meaning if existence is the result of a random occurrence?


Making Contact

Making Contact

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How can we perceive the Infinite while stuck in a finite world?


Bill Bennett's Vice

Bill Bennett's Vice

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Accusations of hypocrisy leveled at the author of "The Book of Virtues" teach us an important lesson about how we instill values in our children.


On the Bus with Mayor Bloomberg

On the Bus with Mayor Bloomberg

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Why should the mayor of New York City be the only person to ride an Israeli bus without fear?


The Value of Life

The Value of Life

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Would you be willing to murder one innocent person if it would guarantee the cure for cancer? What if that one innocent person were ninety years old?


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Preparing for War

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While President Bush prepares America for war against the forces of evil, with the advent of Yom Kippur Jews are preparing for an additional war against an implacable foe.


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