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Rabbi Ari Kahn

Rabbi Ari Kahn received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he studied with Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik. He graduated Yeshiva University with a BA in psychology and an MS degree in Talmud.

He is Director of Foreign Student Programs at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he also is a senior lecturer in Jewish studies.

He is a renowned speaker, and has lectured worldwide. Having authored hundreds of articles on the weekly parasha and holidays with a readership in excess of 10,000, Rabbi Kahn is also the author of Explorations, an in-depth analysis of the weekly Torah reading, and Emanations, an in-depth analysis of the Jewish holidays. A new series - "Echoes of Eden" is currently in progress. This is a projected 5 volume set to be published by the OU and Gefen Publishing. The first three volumes are in print and the fourth is in production.

Drawing upon the vast reservoir of rabbinic literature – from Talmud to Midrash, from Zohar to the chassidic masters – Rabbi Kahn combines the mystical explorations of kabbala and chassidism with a highly-intellectual and broad-minded approach to Torah study. He applies psychology, literature and Jewish history to the understanding of esoteric midrashim and the Zohar. Five volumes of "Explorations" have been published in French. He has lived in Israel since 1984 with his wife Naomi and 5 children.

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Another Brick in the Wall

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Democracy, Theocracy and Monarchy

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Non-Prophets

Non-Prophets

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Rain

Rain

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A Lush Land

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A Divine Rendezvous

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The Seven Books

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The Sin of Ascetism

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The truly sensitive soul eschews spiritual counterfeits.


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The Theory of Conservation of Holiness

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Dayenu!

Dayenu!

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Teach Your Children

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FreeBird

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Passover: Family and Nation

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Matzah and Chametz

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An Accounting

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Purim: Knowing Tomorrow

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Purim and the Masks We Wear

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Holy Clothing

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The View From Above

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Even From the Altar

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Unity, Not Uniformity

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Winds of Salvation

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On loud and quiet miracles.


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It's the Children

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Take Me Home

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Becoming Yehuda

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Staring at the Truth

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Reading the Signs

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Preparing for War, Praying for Peace

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Feet on the Ground, Head in the Sky

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Creating harmony between the mundane physical and the lofty spiritual.


Stand-Up Comedy

Stand-Up Comedy

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Negotiations and Acquisitions

Negotiations and Acquisitions

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It Never Crossed My Mind

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We have become enslaved to the very technology designed to liberate us.


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(Don’t) Look Back

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A Jewish view of history.


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