About the Author

Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf

Shimon Apisdorf is the award-winning author of ten books that have been read by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He is able to extract the essence of classical Jewish wisdom and show how it can be relevant to the essential issues facing the mind, heart and soul in today’s world. His writings speak poignantly, with rare sensitivity and with humor to people of all backgrounds. His writing can be found at: www.shimonapisdorf.com.

The Ten-Ton Phone

Now is the time to work on mending any rifts in your family.

Rabbi Weinberg and Sderot

It is unacceptable that the Jewish people are not mobilized on behalf of their fellow Jews.

Haggadah: An Introduction

Putting the Seder into perspective.

60-Second Megillah Overview

A quick play-by-play recounting of the Purim story - how Mordechai and Esther pulled off the save of the century.

Why 8 Days of Hanukkah?

The number eight transcends the natural world

Breaking the Middle Matzah

Why is this one the 15 Steps to Freedom?

Costume Madness

On Purim, masks and costumes reveal more than they conceal.

Historical Overview

The key points of history show how easily the mighty can fall, and how survival of the Jews depends on a connection to God.

Matityahu's Revolt

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

Making it Fun

The Purim holiday offers creative activities to help children bond to their Jewish identity. Here's how parents can maximize the holiday.

Giving Gifts

It's fun to take part in the shopping season, but is "gifting" a part of Chanukah?

What Does Hanukkah Mean?

Education, dedication, and beginning. These are the 3 meanings of the word "Chanukah". What do they stand for?

Family Illuminations

Jewish survival and Jewish revival begins in the Jewish home.

Hanukkah Dreidel Secrets

What the Hanukkah dreidel was 'back then' and how we can learn from it today.

Why Chanukah Gelt?

What's the deeper meaning of money and what does it have to do with Chanukah?

What Makes It Kosher?

With today's manufacturing processes, if it doesn't say "kosher," you can't be exactly sure what's in there!

Vi-He She-Amda

Have others really tried to destroy us in every generation?

Oil or Candles?

To get oil from an olive, you've got to press hard. So too, the Jewish people shine under pressure.

Holy Temple Lights

The Temple in Jerusalem was a place of concentrated spiritual power and electrifying inspiration.

Yehudit and the Decree

The Chanukah story is filled with the dedication and heroism of Jewish women.

Chana's 7 Sons

The story of Chana and her seven sons is one of the most heartrending in all of Jewish history.

California Dreamin'

God shines Chanukah light into the seemingly darkest place.

Holocaust Miracle

As in the Time of the Maccabees, a great miracle happened.

Door for Elijah and Hallel

Elijah the Prophet occupies a fascinating role in Jewish history.

Four Sons

Educate the child according to his way.

Four Sons and the Child Within

The Haggadah's Four Sons are really each of us, struggling to find our path in life and in the Jewish world.

Greece: The Dark Side

Comparing the Greek exile to the darkness at the beginning of creation.

Zeus and Greek Gods

Tthe Greeks took their gods as seriously as we take the stock market.

Your Inner Flame

"For God's candle is the soul of man." (Proverbs)

A Deeper Look

We often don't see what is right in front of us. Why?

Transcending Limits

Time-traveling with an army general and a CNN correspondent back to the Jewish revolt against the Greeks.

The Al HaNissim Prayer

The meaning of the special prayer of gratitude recited on Chanukah.

Discovering Jewish Identity

When the Jews attended the king's party, they thought it was all just a "good time". Or was it a slap in the face of Jewish culture and tradition?

Hellenism: Who Cares?

In many ways America is the cultural by-product of ancient Greece.

Freedom and Responsibility

Freedom is not defined as coming and going as you please. True freedom is making independent choices -- and achieving meaningful goals in life.

Idealism, Chametz, and Freedom

Trying to make the world a better place is a deep drive within every human being. But somewhere along the way, many give up and trade in that value for more creature comforts.

Commandments Equal Freedom

Disciplining oneself to observe the mitzvot of the Torah sounds about as fun as twisting oneself into a pretzel. But as any virtuoso will testify, it is from discipline that greatness springs forth.

Freedom and Self Awareness

Humans can sometimes get stuck in a trap of self-delusion that is as confining as any prison. The good news is there's a way out.


If this Tsunami was a shofar, then there is at least one word that seems to be calling out to us from its stormy voice: Humanity.

No More Labels

There were no "Charedim" (orthodox Jews) who died in Sbarro.

Little Bodies

Even within hell, it takes a truly twisted and evil mind to smash a boot down on the face of a porcelain doll and declare war on a child.

Help Israel Now

In difficult times, we can't continue as if nothing has happened.

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