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.


Rabbi Shteinman, Humble Giant

Serving God and the Jewish people for 104 full years.

The Life of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky zt”l

Why did nearly a million people go to this rabbi's funeral?

In Zimbabwe, Unraveling Mysterious Jewish Roots

One woman’s incredible, complex journey to Judaism – a century in the making.

Mark Moskowitz's Story: In Prison for Defrauding Investors, I Turned My Life Around

Locked in a cell with no cell phone, Mark Moskowitz faced his demons.

Hey! What’s That Thing On Your Head?

What is a yarmulke and why do Jewish people wear it?

In the Shadow of Chernobyl, I Found Out I was Jewish at Age 16

Masha Merkulova immigrated to San Francisco and today empowers Jewish teens to stand proud for Israel.

How Eddie Jacobson Convinced President Truman to Recognize the State of Israel

Gary Ginsberg’s new book “First Friends” chronicles personal relationships that influenced the White House.

Major League Baseball’s First Shabbat-Observant Players

Elie Kligman, drafted by the Washington Nationals, may first opt for college baseball. An exclusive Aish.com interview.

Hollywood Insider Who's Defending Israel

My attempt to counteract anti-Israel propaganda, one conversation at a time.

L’Chaim OG's Amazing Journey

An Aish.com exclusive interview with the multi-faceted rapper Zecharya Yishai Dovid Levine.

When the KKK Tried to Recruit Me

Cory's unique path to Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem.

Shattering the Apartheid Canard

It’s time to call out the anti-Semitism and hypocrisy.

Remembering Sheldon Adelson

The casino tycoon set new standards of Jewish mega-giving.

Hanukkah Quiz

Test your knowledge about Hanukkah

It's a Girl!

Thank Heaven for little girls. A guide to celebrating the newborn.

Remembering Rabbi Hertzel Schechter

Beloved teacher, role model, and sweet singer of Israel.

Sukkot: Finding Joy in a Tumultuous World

How the Sukkot holiday helps us navigate today’s chaotic times.

Easy Fast in Seven Steps

How to make fasting for 25 hours on Yom Kippur easier.

A Quick Overview of the High Holidays

The most important time of the Jewish year is often the most misunderstood. Here's all the basics you need to know.

3 Steps to Preparing for This Rosh Hashanah

How to achieve sanity and equilibrium in these times of upheaval and hit the reset button on all the chaos.

Danny Danon’s Five Years at the United Nations

Exclusive conversation with Israel’s outgoing ambassador on everything from peace to the Torah.

Life's Most Important Thing

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

Constructive Criticism

This week's Torah portion shows us how to properly give rebuke.

Naming a Baby

A name defines a person's essence. Choose carefully.

From Illegal Immigrant to Orthodox Jew

The improbable story of one man’s Jewish journey. An Aish.com exclusive.

Coronavirus and the Power of Humor

One way to get through challenging times is through the power of humor.

Yeshiva University Takes the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney by Storm

Despite the coronavirus, the Maccabees advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Aish.com exclusive interview with Head Coach Elliot Steinmetz.

The Kabbalah of Clothes

What are we communicating with our clothes?

What is Tu B’Shvat?

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

Top 5 Reasons to Learn Hebrew

Why you should sign up to Aish Academy’s just-launched online Hebrew Ulpan course.

African Pastor Becomes an Orthodox Jew

A dramatic dream transforms the Gordon family’s destiny.

5 Reasons Why “Daf Yomi” Electrifies the Jewish World

A quarter-million people celebrate Siyum Hashas – completing the 7-year daily Talmud study cycle.

The Highest-Ranking Elected Orthodox Jewish Woman in U.S. History

The fresh political voice of Dalya Attar. An Aish.com exclusive interview.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Pro-Palestinian Defender

A Marxist philosopher peddles in anti-Semitic tropes.

Rabbi Kalman Packouz zt”l: Giant of Kindness and Innovation

Remembering one of Aish's original 6 students, and a pioneer of Jewish educational initiatives.

Lion of Jerusalem: Transforming Israel's Capital

An exclusive Aish.com interview with Moshe Lion, the mayor of Jerusalem.

Pico-Robertson: Story of a Torah Boomtown

How Aish Los Angeles helped transform a Jewish neighborhood.

The Toxic “Cancel Culture”

Barack Obama calls out a polarizing social trend.

Tree of Life Massacre One Year Later: Fighting Hate with Love

From Pittsburgh, Aish.com reports on anti-Semitism in America – and possible solutions.

Eli Cohen: Israel’s Legendary Spy, Now on Netflix

A new 6-part series is testimony to the heroic and tragic tale.

Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits Inaugurated as Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah

Hundreds gather from around the world for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Bob Dylan and Me

A fascinating new book explores Louie Kemp’s 50-year friendship with the music legend.

Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits to be Inaugurated as Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah

The leadership torch is passed to a beloved teacher, Torah scholar – and Aish insider.

5 Reasons Why the Western Wall is Holy

The Western Wall is a surviving remnant of the Temple Mount where the Temple stood, bringing God's presence in the world.

Reuven Bauman: Through Fire and Water

Reuven Bauman’s heroic rescue on a Virginia beach echoes his grandfather’s lifesaving deed 50 years earlier.

When Terrorists Abuse Israel’s Humanitarianism

Palestinian bomb-maker exploits “medical permit” to carry out terror attacks.

The Rage Less Traveled

A terror attack left Kay Wilson with multiple machete wounds. She continues to courageously fight back.

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