About the Author


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, and the co-author of Rabbi Noah Weinberg’s 48 Ways to Wisdom and Wisdom for Living: Rabbi Noah Weinberg of the Parsha.


Why God Matters: What Gives Life Meaning?

Whether you believe in God or not, we all need to wrestle with the question: Is there meaning in life?

The Man who Joined the Search Party Looking for Himself

Muster the courage to examine the only place we can truly find who we are looking for – inside ourselves.

We All Want to Fly: Two Short Messages for My Kids

God is speaking to us all the time, if we just look for His messages.

Rosh Hashanah: It's Not about Who's Been Naughty or Nice

Like a CEO of a major conglomerate, God is setting the budgets and determining each person's role, based on the level of responsibility we are ready to take.

Saying Goodbye to My Dying Father

Don't wait to say the things you've always wanted to say to those you love.

The Collapse of Afghanistan: What Does It Mean to be Truly Free?

No matter how much money, power and resources are poured in, freedom and peace cannot be imposed by outside forces. It must come from within.

I'm Getting Too Fat and It's Time to Start Running Again

Why running is an ideal way for me to get into spiritual – and physical – shape.

Bruce Springsteen and Me

Springsteen helped me get through my angst-filled years as a teen.

Five Ways to Inject Some Life into Your Judaism

How to shake off the dust and find meaning in your relationship to Judaism.

Being Jewish: Why Bother?

Antisemitism is forcing many young Jews to ask: Why is being Jewish worth it? And that's a good thing.

A Doctor's Life: A Tribute to My Brilliant Father

Sitting shiva enabled me to appreciate my father's genuine greatness.

The Meaning of Rosh Hashanah and How to Prepare for the Big Day

A 20-minute in-depth exploration on the judgment of Rosh Hashanah and why it comes before Yom Kippur.

Rabbi Noah Weinberg’s 7 Daily Questions

In honor of Rabbi Weinberg’s 10th yahrzeit, spend some time answering the following 7 questions.

Yom Kippur: We Can Change

Judaism's 5 steps to cleaning your slate.

Chris Pratt’s MTV Sermon

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The rowdy audience of millennials burst into applause when he stated, "God is real. God loves you. Believe that, I do."

At My Grandson’s Bris: Hanukkah, Self-Sacrifice and the Infinite

The mohel instructed me to hold the baby’s legs tight, thrusting me into the reality of what was unfolding.

Our Son’s Special Bar Mitzvah

One milestone day encapsulated the highs and lows of raising a child with Down's syndrome.

Natalie Portman's Christmas Tree

The actress's desire for a Christmas tree isn't trivial. It represents the contemporary Jew's struggle to hold onto her Jewish identity.

France and Aborting Fetuses with Downs Syndrome

Prenatal genetic testing is eliminating babies who would otherwise be born with Down syndrome. France wants to keep it that way.

Yoram Raanan’s Art Studio Destroyed in the Fire

2000 original works of art by the incredibly talented painter went up in smoke.

My Broken Laptop

To fix or not to fix? A too-good-to-be-true story for Elul.

Irreversible Damage

A miraculous true story demonstrates the power of prayer and reminds us never to give up hope.

Aish HaTorah Rabbi Murdered in Terrorist Attack

Rabbi Reuven Biermacher loved every Jew and radiated a fervent passion for Torah.

The Unveiling

I went to Toronto expecting to confront my mother's death more deeply; I encountered instead my father's remarkable dedication to life.

Infographic: Yom Kippur: We Can Change

Uproot the poor decisions from your past by utilizing Judaism’s steps of repentance.

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections

How the Jewish mourning laws counteract the upheaval left in death’s wake.

Saying Goodbye to Mom

My mother was a strong, opinionated dynamo. How could she be gone, just like that?

Terror in Copenhagen

Jews in Europe are once again targets, this time in Copenhagen.

The Intermarriage Taboo

The growing rift within the Jewish people is making it almost impossible to discuss the issue of intermarriage.

Life with Arabs in Jerusalem

The Har Nof massacre has stripped away the veneer of security, leaving us feeling vulnerable.

People Can Change

How to access the transformational power of Yom Kippur.

Facing God on Rosh Hashanah

Three ways to prepare for your personal judgment day.

Zara’s Holocaust Shirt

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

Beheading James Foley

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

Saying Shema in Gaza

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

10 Reasons Why We Need the Messiah Right Now

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

5 Surprising Facts about Judaism

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

5 Reasons to Stand with Israel

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

Could You Ignore a Holocaust?

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

A Horrific Murder

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

Apologies to the Jewish People

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

Our Brothers

Seven snapshots from an intense week in Israel.

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