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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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In God We Trust

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Listen

Listen

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The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Moshe

The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Moshe

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The Holy Lands of Israel

The Holy Lands of Israel

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Word

Word

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The winds of war were blowing; the Israelites were to prepare to fulfill the word of God and take vengeance against the Midianites. The Moav/Midian ...


Like a Princess

Like a Princess

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A Question of Propriety

A Question of Propriety

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An Enigma Wrapped in a Riddle

An Enigma Wrapped in a Riddle

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You Say You Want a Revolution

You Say You Want a Revolution

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Understanding Korah’s manipulation.


Seeing Through Wine-Colored Lenses

Seeing Through Wine-Colored Lenses

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School's Out

School's Out

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Value Judgments

Value Judgments

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A Leap of Love

A Leap of Love

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Irreplaceable Theology

Irreplaceable Theology

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Seasons in the Sun

Seasons in the Sun

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Sanctify Life

Sanctify Life

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Sometimes life is simple; sometimes it is terribly complex. Simplicity is when the choices presented are clear; good and bad are easy to identify, ...


Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Put a Little Love in Your Heart

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Perhaps one of the most famous verses in the Torah is, "Love your neighbor as yourself."(Vayikra 19:18) This is not an isolated ...


A Holy, Delicate Land

A Holy, Delicate Land

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There is a price to be paid for holiness.


In Search of Chametz

In Search of Chametz

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Ignoring the Signs

Ignoring the Signs

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Power of the People

Power of the People

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Life and death: a study in contrasts.


Fixing a Broken World

Fixing a Broken World

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Intrigue in Shushan

Intrigue in Shushan

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An in-depth look at the story of Purim.


Obedience

Obedience

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Clouds, From Both Sides

Clouds, From Both Sides

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Light My Fire

Light My Fire

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After the Gold Rush

After the Gold Rush

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Forever

Forever

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Deep Roots

Deep Roots

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Never lose faith in the future.


Not In Heaven

Not In Heaven

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Attaining the spiritual through the physical.


Dual Loyalty

Dual Loyalty

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Heavenly Bread

Heavenly Bread

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Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse

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Devolution

Devolution

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We Are Family

We Are Family

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Our responsibility to one another stems from the recognition that we are family.


Love and Loss

Love and Loss

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In the words of the great poet Alfred Tennyson, 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.[1] Almost any person who ...


Seeing a Ghost

Seeing a Ghost

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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

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Family Dynamics

Family Dynamics

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Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

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Climbing Jacob's Ladder

Climbing Jacob's Ladder

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Understanding the blessings of Yaakov.


Inside Information

Inside Information

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Man of Peace

Man of Peace

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The Chief Rabbi Of Sodom

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Covenant

Covenant

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Becoming partners with God.


Imagine

Imagine

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Cleansing Waters

Cleansing Waters

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Garden Party

Garden Party

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From Sinai to Jerusalem

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“And though the holes were rather small...”

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