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.


Tefillin: A Primer

Tefillin: Everything you need to know about those powerful black boxes, placed on the head and arm.

Why Dairy on Shavuot?

Seven fascinating reasons for this popular custom.

Just Too Much

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can change in...

Exploring the Al-Chet prayer

When one begins to look at the task of teshuva (repentance), it can be overwhelming. We've made so...

Urchatz - Karpas

Lessons and ideas behind these two symbols.

Why Not Intermarry?

Exploring some rational reasons.

Laws of the Four Species

The special mitzvah of waving the 4 species: Esrog, Myrtle, Willow and Lulav.

Gifts to Friends and the Poor

Giving food and money spurs feelings of camaraderie and unity among Jews. It's also a special mitzvah on Purim.

Perfect Travels

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

What is Chanukah (Hanukkah)?

Everything you need to know about the holiday of Chanukah - Hanukkah.

The Big Picture

Parshat Ki Tavo speaks about bringing the first fruits of the harvest to the Temple in Jerusalem....

In Broad Daylight

Another year, another cycle, and the Five Books of Moses is drawing to a close. At the end of this...

Why Jerusalem Matters

For millennium of exile, Jews always turned toward Jerusalem. What memory were they eager to preserve?

Family Fun with the Ten Plagues

Add an experiential, dramatic element to the evening.

Ganza Megillah

A detailed summary of the Purim story - the next best thing to reading the whole megillah by yourself.

People of the Book

Jews have long been known as the "People of the Book." Here's why.

Sub-Atomic Miracles

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Laws of the Seder

A practical guide to the Seder night.

All Nite Tora-thon

What does Torah learning mean to the Jewish people? And is it really worth staying up all night for?

Pleasure of Eating

Parshat Ki Teitze includes an interesting labor law: When workers are picking produce in a field,...

Matityahu's Revolt

For the Maccabees, it was not physical life at stake, but the spiritual life of the Jew.

Boys' Names

The origin and meaning of some of the most common Jewish names for boys.

Constructive Criticism

It's been 40 long, hot years in the desert. The era is drawing to a close with the Book of...

Capital-K King

Parshat Shoftim tells how a Jewish king had to keep a Torah scroll by his side at all times. This...

Above the Stars

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Building a Sukkah - Basics

Have your hammer and nails on hand? It's time to build a Sukkah!

The Festive Purim Meal

Get out the silly string afor the wackiest time of the Jewish year. But don't forget the rules.

Four Parshiot

In the weeks surrounding Purim, four special Torah readings inspire the rest of the year.

Walking with God

A practical primer on how to emulate God.

ABC's of Elul

The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.

Shmini Azeret and Simchat Torah

God adds a special day at the end of Sukkot, a day of great intimacy with our Creator, as He asks His Jewish children to remain with him for extra personal time together.

Where is Jerusalem?

A verse in Parshat Re'eh (Deuteronomy 12:5) tells us to serve God "at the place that God chooses."...

Girls' Names

The origin and meaning of some of the most common Jewish names for girls.

Precautionary Measures

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can change in...

What is Tu B’Shvat?

The “new year for trees” has a special set of meaningful customs.

Life's Most Important Thing

Now is the time to ask: What are you really living for?

The Test of Wealth

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Special Status

Parshat Ekev tells of the special mitzvah to love converts. Converts hold a special status in...

Four Questions & Slaves

Why are questions so important?

Growth Worksheet

The High Holidays are all about personal growth. Here are key areas that will make the greatest difference in building overall spiritual health.

Bnei Brak Wise Men

"Whoever talks at length about Exodus from Egypt is praiseworthy."

Secret of the Jews

The prophet Isaiah refers to the Jewish people as a "light unto the nations," and it's no secret...

Priorities

Reuben and Gad and the power of distraction.

Life's Most Important Thing

This Rosh Hashana, will we be able to stand before God with confidence? Only if we know the bottom line of what we're living for.

Everyone Counts

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Pidyon Ha'ben - Redemption of First Born

Explaining the Jewish ceremony of buying a baby boy for five silver coins.

Harming Others With Words

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

Priorities

The importance of living life with clarity and minimal distractions.

On the Right Foot

In Parshat Devarim, Moses presents a recap of the past 40 years in the desert. Moses refers to...

Two Identical Goats

Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can...

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