Get latest articles and videos with Jewish
inspiration and insights
The short life and heroic death of Max Steinberg.
A short video that puts the conflict in proper context.
Must-see video if you or somebody you know is critical of Israel.
Threats and violence against Jews – ostensibly as protest for the current war in Gaza – have spread to cities worldwide.
The disproportional attacks on civilians must end.
If nothing we do changes the world’s opinion of us, then perhaps we should start caring less about it.
Those who refuse to grasp the simple, stark truth.
With outrageous levels of insanity overtaking the world, we need him now more than ever.
I’m scared to visit Israel now and want to cancel, but my husband is adamant about going.
It’s not just the Iron Dome we have to thank.
On rebuilding the shattered pieces.
You are going to be caught in the act. Make sure it’s something to be proud of.
Do something daily to identify with the pain Israelis are going through.
Have you ever complained about receiving too many wedding and bar mitzvah invitations?
How to best use this trendy food.
And how to control them.
From Yenta to the Bachelor, being a matchmaker isn’t what you think.
How to make the meantime meaningful.
So you think you know alot about Hamas?
The Jewish national period of mourning.
Foundations for attaining life-long recovery.
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
In Israel, my 4-year-old son was on a mission to see the Temple being rebuilt. We were all surprised when he found it.
An elegy to the Jewish people for the 17th of Tammuz.
An Auschwitz survivor shares her faith with the Next Generation.
Sometimes we are blinded by the light.
Here’s a sure fire tip if you want to be remembered for posterity: do something really embarrassing. Humanity promises not to forget.
Part 2 of the abbreviated dictionary of Jewish diseases.
What was the best deal you ever got?
Support Israel's efforts to stop the Hamas rocket attacks.
The Middle East conflict explained through school bullying.
The secret to a Jewish marriage is hidden in the wine.
Get Aish.com's Free Email Updates and Be Inspired.
Click here for a printer-friendly version
December 5, 2012
January 23, 2013 9:00 AM
Greatly blessed by you website.
Aish.com is the website that every conscious Christian should know and visit. It is the website I have been looking for all this while. God less you and all visitors.
December 10, 2012 4:04 PM
Correction: The Shamash
The Hanukka lights are sacred. Their sole purpose must be to commemorate the miracle, and thus we are not permitted to make any use of them or derive any benefit from them "lest one slight the mitsva." The shamash is an additional, non-sacred, usable light placed near the Hanukka lights. Its purpose is to serve as a precaution against inadvertent use of the Hanukka lights: Any such incidental use of light in the area of the hanukkiya can be credited to the nearby shamash. Further, if there is a "blazing hearth filre" in the room, a shamash is not required, as it is clear that the light being used to see is not the menorah lights! (Talmud Shabbat 21b; Shulhan Arukh, Mishna Brura, and Beur Halakha, Orah Hayyim 671:5, 673:1).
Thus, the real purpose of the shamash is not--as is commonly believed-- to light the other lights. Indeed, according to halacha (Jewish law), literally anything may be used for this purpose!
December 10, 2012 1:56 PM
Now I can share what chanaka means with friends and family.
December 9, 2012 2:16 PM
I enjoyed the fast lesson.How enlighten! And now I can share with others
December 9, 2012 12:49 PM
The replica outside of Aish is not solid gold, it's gold plated.
December 10, 2012 10:40 PM
I don't that this is correct. It's a solid piece of gold, made out of one piece just like it was in the beit hamikdash.
December 9, 2012 11:51 AM
i am still asked
what a nice story,"but you still celebrate Christmas too,dont you?"and have a tree?"........
December 10, 2012 4:09 PM
Informed, religious Jews would never celebrate Christmas. Christmas - orginially Christ Mass - celebrates the birth of Jesus as "God's Only Son" - something we don't believe at all. ALL people are God's children, not one more than the other. (You can also see the article "Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus" on this websitefor other reasons we don't celebrate Christmas.)
December 16, 2012 8:32 AM
Dvira, read len's subject line
I think you misunderstood len's post - please read his subject line.
December 9, 2012 9:53 AM
This is really informative
December 9, 2012 5:38 AM
I have known of this for many years. It's nice that we have it on the internet so people of different cultures can learn. It's ignorance of religions and cultures that make people afraid of different religions and cultures.
December 9, 2012 2:44 AM
Hanukah means dedication and education, what can we do for that in this bad world.
People and humanity needs peace and freedom. How to practice that good idea with your neighbour, and how people all over the world could do for that?
December 9, 2012 12:17 AM
So fun and informative. This is great! Happy Chanukah everyone!
December 5, 2012 9:23 PM
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.