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.
Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith
Questions to help you reconnect to your life’s purpose, clarify your goals, and passionately embrace this upcoming new year.
Free will is a pillar of Judaism. Here are three approaches to know that you have agency.
With the High Holidays around the corner, this is the best time of year to shake things up.
Overwhelmed with the news of four deaths in one week.
My three takeaways from the shocking incident.
How can I “give” something to my father who is no longer alive?
Choose life. Because the alternative is death.
How to be open to receiving and deciphering God’s personal message.
The inability to fully grasp the nature of God is humbling and frustrating, and forces us to “live with the question.”
Either you believe in God, or you don’t. If you do, the commandment is redundant. If you don’t, it’s irrelevant.
The six ways he changed my life can serve as a blueprint.
By nature, we tend to be self-centered, lazy and mean-spirited. Empathy doesn’t come naturally; it needs to be chosen.
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?
Taking things for granted is one of the biggest – and most common – mistakes we make in our relationships. What can we do about it?
Should we be disgusted by the idea of eating imitation pork?
Why do we derive greater satisfaction when exert our independence and do it ourselves?
The most concrete way we can connect to God is treating each other with kindness. The rest is commentary. Go learn.
Whether you believe in God or not, we all need to wrestle with the question: Is there meaning in life?
Muster the courage to examine the only place we can truly find who we are looking for – inside ourselves.
God is speaking to us all the time, if we just look for His messages.
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.
Don't wait to say the things you've always wanted to say to those you love.
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.
How to increase the odds of success in your spiritual growth.
Why running is an ideal way for me to get into spiritual – and physical – shape.
Springsteen helped me get through my angst-filled years as a teen.
How to shake off the dust and find meaning in your relationship to Judaism.
Antisemitism is forcing many young Jews to ask: Why is being Jewish worth it? And that's a good thing.
Sitting shiva enabled me to appreciate my father's genuine greatness.
A 20-minute in-depth exploration on the judgment of Rosh Hashanah and why it comes before Yom Kippur.
The world needs Aish.com's innovation and insights more than ever.
In honor of Rabbi Weinberg’s 10th yahrzeit, spend some time answering the following 7 questions.
Judaism's 5 steps to cleaning your slate.
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."
Why did Aish.com post that offensive quote?
The mohel instructed me to hold the baby’s legs tight, thrusting me into the reality of what was unfolding.
One milestone day encapsulated the highs and lows of raising a child with Down's syndrome.
The actress's desire for a Christmas tree isn't trivial. It represents the contemporary Jew's struggle to hold onto her Jewish identity.
Prenatal genetic testing is eliminating babies who would otherwise be born with Down syndrome. France wants to keep it that way.
2000 original works of art by the incredibly talented painter went up in smoke.
To fix or not to fix? A too-good-to-be-true story for Elul.
A miraculous true story demonstrates the power of prayer and reminds us never to give up hope.
24 hours. $1,000,000. It's all or nothing.
Rabbi Reuven Biermacher loved every Jew and radiated a fervent passion for Torah.
I went to Toronto expecting to confront my mother's death more deeply; I encountered instead my father's remarkable dedication to life.
Including you don’t need to be Jewish to get to Heaven.
Uproot the poor decisions from your past by utilizing Judaism’s steps of repentance.
Outrage or overreaction?
Exploring Judaism can mean un-learning mistaken ideas, as much as it means learning new ones.
How the Jewish mourning laws counteract the upheaval left in death’s wake.