About the Author


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.


Unequal

Being married to four women simultaneously can make life complicated. Having children with each of...

Esav and His Henchmen

On his way back to the land of Israel, Yaakov is gripped with fear. Someone is waiting for him and...

Angels in the Architecture

While there may be a way to justify Yaakov's behavior in each of the episodes recounted in...

Family Dynamics

Sometimes family life can be complicated, but the family of Yitzchak and Rivka was particularly...

The Prayer of the Servant

And Avraham said to the senior servant of his household, who had charge of all that he...

A Time For Silence

Sitting at the door of his tent in the heat of the day, Avraham has an epiphany: God appeared to...

The First Echo Chamber

The sin of Adam and Eve had brought about the exile from Eden, and their sin was soon followed by...

Death and Taxes

They may well have thought that they had escaped relatively unscathed. While Adam and Eve had just...

The Sinai Experience

The most familiar verse in the Torah is the oft-repeated "And God spoke to Moshe,"...

Fallibility

People make mistakes. Great people make mistakes; not-so-great people make mistakes. Imperfection...

The Dangling Conversation

Moshe was the greatest teacher the Jewish People ever had, and that was his lasting legacy. He has...

Holy Vessels

Parashat Tzav includes very detailed instructions for the sacrificial rites of various types of...

Divine Dialogue

As we ended last week's parashah, Moshe had ascended Mount Sinai in order to receive the Tablets...

Upwardly Mobile

Every society seems to have its "desirables" and "undesirables," mainstreamers...

A Holy Detour

Six weeks after leaving Egypt, the Jews arrived at Mount Sinai. In retrospect, this destination...

Songs of Freedom

The transition from slavery to freedom is sudden. As the parashah begins, the emancipated slaves...

Blessed Be Haman?

The Zionist plan appeared to have failed. God had kept His word; He had fulfilled his part of the...

No Embarrassment

A deeper look at the meaning of clothes and nakedness.

The Steps to Freedom

Leaving Egypt was not a quick fix; it was a slow process, made up of many stages. While each...

Pointing a Finger

It begins: As God had promised Avraham hundreds of years earlier, the Jews will be extricated from...

Forgetting - And Remembering - Joseph

As we begin a new book, we are introduced to a new king - and to a storyline that seems, to modern...

Who Is First?

In the penultimate scene of Yaakov’s life, Yosef is summoned to his ailing father’s...

A Cherished Chalise

As a young man, Yosef was a dreamer of dreams. There were those who considered these dreams...

Limited Leverage: You Can't Force God's Hand

Parashat VaYetze opens as Yaakov runs for his life: He had been told that his brother Esav has...

Carry On My Wayward Son

We can all learn from Yitzchak’s brilliant parenting strategy.

Walking Together

Yitzchak, our second patriarch, is an elusive character, especially when compared to his father,...

The Chosen

The concept of "a chosen people" evinces different reactions from different people; in...

On a Mission from God

Avraham lived in interesting times.[1] He had to overcome myriad challenges just to survive - but...

The Flood and the Abuse of Power

When mankind ignores the inherent equality between the sexes and their mutual responsibility, the flood is not far behind.

By Heaven

In Ha’azinu, the penultimate parashah of the Torah, Moshe delivers his message in song....

In Hiding

After the litany of curses articulated in Parashat Ki Tavo, it is hard to believe that any remain,...

Nowhere Man

In the final chapters of Devarim, Moshe warns the people of the implications of abandoning the...

Dirty Little Secrets

The sins committed behind closed doors cause moral corrosion from within.

War and Peace

From a moral perspective, one of the most difficult laws in the Torah is the law of the captive...

Just Justice

A healthy society must have a functioning court system; this, to paraphrase popular wisdom, is...

Show Me the Money

On creating a just society.

In God We Trust

Everyone has a price, or so we are told. Though we would love to believe that people of integrity...

Listen

It is very difficult to reduce a religion into a series of terse statements, particularly when...

The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Moshe

New books should represent new opportunities, new beginnings. The book of Devarim, however, is not...

The Holy Lands of Israel

God spoke to Moshe, telling him to give the Israelites instructions and say to them: 'You are...

Word

The winds of war were blowing; the Israelites were to prepare to fulfill the word of God and take...

Like a Princess

Last week's parashah ended in chaos: Promiscuity, idolatry, and death had somehow overrun the...

A Question of Propriety

Something had changed. These were not the people who had left Egypt; that generation had already...

An Enigma Wrapped in a Riddle

In a sense, the Israelites had been lulled into a false sense of security. As they moved from one...

You Say You Want a Revolution

Understanding Korah’s manipulation.

Seeing Through Wine-Colored Lenses

It was not supposed to happen this way: A group of scouts was sent to see the Promised Land,...

School's Out

Sometimes - unexpectedly, despite the best plans, things go terribly wrong. Parashat B'haalothcha...

Value Judgments

The gift of holiness creates a challenge. Holiness has, if not by definition then at least by...

A Leap of Love

All new beginnings are charged with hope; the beginning of a new book of the Torah is no exception...

Irreplaceable Theology

As the book of Vayikra moves towards its finale, several outstanding issues are clarified. A...

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