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.


10 Questions to Ask Yourself This Rosh Hashanah

Questions to help you reconnect to your life’s purpose, clarify your goals, and passionately embrace this upcoming new year.

How Do You Know You Have Free Will?

Free will is a pillar of Judaism. Here are three approaches to know that you have agency.

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Spiritual Growth

With the High Holidays around the corner, this is the best time of year to shake things up.

I’m Sorry to Inform You

Overwhelmed with the news of four deaths in one week.

Will Smith’s Smack Heard Around the World

My three takeaways from the shocking incident.

How to Maintain Your Connection with a Deceased Parent

How can I “give” something to my father who is no longer alive?

When Bad Things Happen: Judaism’s First Approach to Wrestling with Suffering

How to be open to receiving and deciphering God’s personal message.

God, Paradox, and the Holocaust: When Our Minds Cannot Understand

The inability to fully grasp the nature of God is humbling and frustrating, and forces us to “live with the question.”

How Can Judaism Command to Know God Exists?

Either you believe in God, or you don’t. If you do, the commandment is redundant. If you don’t, it’s irrelevant.

Where’s the Empathy?: On Punching a Flight Attendant in the Face

By nature, we tend to be self-centered, lazy and mean-spirited. Empathy doesn’t come naturally; it needs to be chosen.

"Welcome to Holland" and the Cosmic Travel Agent

Having a special needs child has been compared to planning a vacation to Italy and somehow landing in Holland. What happens if you're too distraught to leave the plane?

Thanking God for Not Getting Shot

Taking things for granted is one of the biggest – and most common – mistakes we make in our relationships. What can we do about it?

Can You Have Your Fake Pork and Eat It Too?

Should we be disgusted by the idea of eating imitation pork?

My DIY Project and Our Fierce Drive for Independence

Why do we derive greater satisfaction when exert our independence and do it ourselves?

Why Believing in God Should Make You More Kind

The most concrete way we can connect to God is treating each other with kindness. The rest is commentary. Go learn.

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 allocating resources, based on what you're genuinely committed to take on.

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.

My Battle with the Bulge: Four Key Takeaways on How to Change

How to increase the odds of success in your spiritual growth.

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.

An Open Letter to Aish.com Readers from the Chief Editor of Aish.com

The world needs Aish.com's innovation and insights more than ever.

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.

The Miracle of Aish.com

24 hours. $1,000,000. It's all or nothing.

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.

5 Surprising Facts about Judaism

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

Yom Kippur: We Can Change

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

4 Misconceptions Jews Have About Judaism

Exploring Judaism can mean un-learning mistaken ideas, as much as it means learning new ones.

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections

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

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