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.


Essential Vitamins

Powerful potions in pleasurable packaging.

Tabernacle of Time

Shabbat is an anywhere-in-the-world, expense-free holy-time vacation.

Babylon's Fallen Tyrant

Saddam Hussein saw himself as the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar. And he suffered the same ignoble fate.

300 Mules

Parshat Korach tells how Korach instigated a rebellion against the leadership of Moses. This act...

Man Is a Tree

The Torah compares a person to a tree. Roots, branches, leaves. What's the connection?

One Step at a Time

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

Higher Than the Angels

All holiness begins at the dinner table.

God Brought Us Out

"In all the gods of Egypt will I execute judgment... I am God and no other."

Battle of the Spies

In Parshat Shlach, Moses sends 12 people to scout out the Land of Israel. They return with the...

Divine Paradigm

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

To Pray or Not to Pray

Harold is walking down a darkened alley, when he's suddenly confronted by two masked men carrying...

Animal Offerings

This week's Parsha presents a lengthy, detailed description of animal offerings in the Holy Temple...

Fear of Freedom

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

Fresh Enthusiasm

This week's parsha describes how Aaron, the high priest, would light the Menorah every day in the...

Bris Milah Beautiful or Barbaric?

Human rights groups decry circumcision as an illegal act of child molestation.

Message For Me

Parshat Naso juxtaposes two seemingly unrelated topics: first is the suspected adulterer (the...

The Western Wall: Yesterday and Today

The Wall did not always look like it does today.

Tears on Tisha BAv

Do we appreciate the loss of the Temple to the extent that it brings us to tears?

Dayenu! Many Plagues

The number of plagues was 5-fold, corresponding to the 5-letter Name of God which represents justice.

What is Passover?

An overview of the history and laws of the holiday of Passover (Pesach).

Director of History

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

Shmini Azeret and Simchat Torah

Imagine you throw a huge party and invite everyone you know. But this is no "regular" party: It's...

Symbolism of the Shofar

During the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashana, notice there are three distinct sounds: -...

What is Shavuot?

Celebrating our receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Pesach Offering

Why did our ancestors eat the Passover offering at the Holy Temple?

Slideshow: The Art of Yoram Raanan

The canvas as a conduit for the light Above.

ABCs of Kosher

Which animals are kosher? How must kosher food be prepared? And why keep kosher in the first place?

You're Either with Him, or You're Not

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

Total Harmony

Parshat Bamidbar begins with a census of the Jewish people. We might think this "reduces everyone...

Land for Cash

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

Tears on Tisha B'Av

It's a dynamic that transcends generations: Tisha B'Av and the future of Jerusalem are inextricably linked.

The Desolate Land

The theme of Parshat Bechukotai is the "Tochacha" - a series of devastating predictions of what...

Acts of Human Kindness

Taking a look at one strange bird.

Careful Speech

Parshat Behar discusses the issue of "ona'ah" - harming others. In Leviticus 25:14, the Torah...

Torah and Community

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

Sabbatical and Sinai

An argument for the Divine authorship of the Torah.

Discovering What You Already Know

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

Blessing of Ephraim & Menashe

Why do we bless our sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe?

Torah Model

In Parshat Emor, God tells the Jewish people: "You shall not desecrate My Holy Name, rather I...

Exile and Return (part 3)

At the end of last week's parsha, Mikeitz, things were looking grim. Joseph – having not yet...

Filling the Vacuum

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

ABC's of Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A 7-point guide to the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony.

Mayor with the Golden Touch

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

How To Be Holy

Parshat Kedoshim begins with the commandment to "Be holy." How do we achieve holiness? Nachmanides...

The Lost Art of Prophecy

Prophecy ceased with the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE.

50-50 Chance

Parshat Acharei Mot discusses the Yom Kippur service in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. One of the...

Exile and Return (part 2)

The Sages enumerate four separate "exiles" that the Jewish people have endured since...

The Angel With No Name

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

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