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.

Palestinian Red Line

Israel mourns the horrific terror at a Jerusalem synagogue.

Campus Mezuzah Attacks

At one California college, anti-Semitism repeatedly rears its ugly head.

How to Achieve a High Holiday Breakthrough

You are the CEO of your life. It’s time to start acting like it.

Stars of David: Jon Voight

The clear-thinking, Academy Award-winning defender of Israel shares his thoughts with Aish.com.

18. Tefillin

All about those powerful black boxes, placed on the head and arm.

The Mysterious Missing Rocket Photos

Journalists in Gaza are intimidated and threatened by Hamas.

16. Blessings

The opportunity to touch base with God dozens of times a day.

13. Daily Prayer: General

Prayer is our opportunity to speak directly to God.

12. Lost and Found

"Finders keepers, losers weepers" is not a Jewish concept.

The Unified Nation Theory

Thoughts from the funeral of the three teens.

8. Honoring Parents

In Judaism, every day is Mother's Day and Father's Day.

4. Children and Halacha

Rules for raising the next generation.

Isaiah Austin's New Beginning

A devastating medical diagnosis produces a double-dose of inspiration.

2. Six Constant Mitzvot

Living with the reality of God's existence.

The Buck Stops Here

Life fulfillment starts with taking responsibility.

1. Introduction

Judaism is not merely a body of law. It is a mindset, a way of life.

Sinai’s Big Bang

An unparalleled boom of spiritual light and energy.

IDF Integrates Special Needs Soldiers

A foiled terror attack provides the inspiration for new levels of inclusion.

Protecting Jews in Ukraine

Odessa's Jewish community leader speaks out on threats of violence. An Aish.com exclusive.

Iran’s Cry for Freedom

A mother and daughter are giving a voice to 77 million Iranians being denied their freedom.

Scarlett Johansson & Soda Stream – Peace vs. Apartheid?

The hypocrisy of the BDS is now fully exposed.

What’s a Former Christian, Orthodox Woman Doing as Dean of an Israeli University?

Malka Schaps, a world-renowned professor of mathematics, is smashing glass ceilings.

5 Things I Learned from Rabbi Noah Weinberg

Insights into fixing oneself and fixing the world.

Activist on Skates

Champion of academics, athletics and the arts, Loren Galler Rabinowitz is focused on her role as a third-generation Holocaust survivor.

The Fateful Holocaust Secret

A mother who buried her Jewish identity, and her son’s astonishing quest to reclaim it.

Syria & Yom Kippur

Now is the time to take responsibility, no matter how difficult it may be.

The Iranian Mystery Man

Dr. Daniel Dana’s incredible journey from Muslim Shiite to proud Israeli citizen.

Journalist or Arab Propagandist?

Abdul Bari Atwan uses the mainstream media to endorse Bin Laden and spew hatred of the West.

Living with Clarity

The death of 12-year-old Shoshie Stern reveals her parents’ spiritual greatness.

Learning from Shoshie

Rabbi Mike Stern reflects on the tragic death of his 12-year-old daughter.

Muhammad al-Dura’s Faked Death

The shooting case has become the mother of all fauxtographies.

Red Line for Syria

5 reasons why the Israeli strike can help stop Iran’s march to nuclear weapons.

Rocks Can Kill

The New York Times’ misnomer of “non-violent” Palestinian rock-throwers.


Yes, winning is everything. But how do you define “winning?”

Ayelet’s Enduring Spirit

Hindy Poupko Galena’s heart-rending story of inspiration and tragedy.

When Enough is Enough

Remodeling our kitchen provided an extreme makeover – in an unexpected way.

The Chuck Hagel Problem

Will the next U.S. Secretary of Defense downgrade cooperation with Israel and oppose actions against Iran?

The Voice of History

Rabbi Berel Wein's compelling views on Jewish destiny.

A Hero in Connecticut

Where did a first grade teacher get the strength to perform her extraordinary act of bravery?

Stevie Wonder Scorns the IDF

Pop star stands on the “wrong side” of history.

Photo Fraud in Gaza

The inside story of the media war against Israel.

Gaza: The Spiritual Response

How you can join the battle.

Déjà Vu in Gaza?

Four key take-aways from Operation Pillar of Defense.


Left-right, blue-red, rich-poor. With the U.S. elections over, how can the healing begin?

The Hearts of Kings

The presidential election looms. Does it really matter who wins?

Chumash Themes #1: Introduction to the Bible

Understanding the origins and purpose of the Five Books of Moses.

The Iranian Cloud

Celebrating Sukkot on the brink of a nuclear Iran.

The Libyan Film Riots

If we take the wrong lesson, we're in serious trouble.

The Rachel Corrie Verdict

An Israeli court rules the bulldozer death an accident. The media continues to promote a libel.

Surfboard Spirituality

Based on his own life experiences, Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser knows that Judaism can speak to today’s disaffected youth.

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