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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.

Passover: Family and Nation

Passover: Family and Nation

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The building blocks of the Jewish people is the family.


Matzah and Chametz

Matzah and Chametz

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If bread is associated with negative attributes, why do we eat it all year round?


Regrets

Regrets

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The Mishkan and the power of change.


An Accounting

An Accounting

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As the Book of Shmot draws to a conclusion, so, too, does the building of the Mishkan. The detailed instructions for the Mishkan and the account of ...


Purim: Knowing Tomorrow

Purim: Knowing Tomorrow

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At the foot of Mount Sinai – the very same spot where the most awesome events had unfolded a mere forty days earlier – the people were ...


Purim and the Masks We Wear

Purim and the Masks We Wear

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Have you ever been in a situation in which you were afraid to reveal who you really are? Have you ever felt as if you were wearing a mask and ...


Holy Clothing

Holy Clothing

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Exploring the deeper significance behind the priestly garments.


The View From Above

The View From Above

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Mount Sinai, the Temple & the unity of the Jewish People.


Even From the Altar

Even From the Altar

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In the chapters that immediately precede this week's Torah portion, the Ten Commandments rang out from Mount Sinai in a symphony of sound and ...


Unity, Not Uniformity

Unity, Not Uniformity

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When the Jews arrived at Mount Sinai they were, in a very real sense, a brand new People. They had come down to Egypt as a family, perhaps even a ...


Winds of Salvation

Winds of Salvation

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On loud and quiet miracles.


It's the Children

It's the Children

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The plagues continue; in fact, their severity seems to have increased. Pounded by plague after plague, the Egyptians suffer both physical discomfort ...


Lessons in Leadership

Lessons in Leadership

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As we endure yet another election season, leaders and leadership are on our minds – as they have been since the birth of our nation. Of all ...


Redemption Song

Redemption Song

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Very suddenly, the servitude that had been predicted so many years earlier, in the covenant forged between God and Avraham beneath the dark and ...


Take Me Home

Take Me Home

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As Yaakov nears the end of his life, he summons his son Yosef and pleads with him to see to it that he is given a proper burial in the land of ...


Becoming Yehuda

Becoming Yehuda

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Eleven sons of Yaakov stand, accused and threatened, before one of the most powerful men in the world, second in command in a regime not known for ...


Staring at the Truth

Staring at the Truth

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After many years, they meet again. They had parted ways years ago, a parting that was the result of a unilateral decision taken by one side - the ...


Reading the Signs

Reading the Signs

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The situation quickly spiraled out of control: Words, dreams, jealousy and hatred - and then, talk of murder. Yaakov's family had always been a ...


Preparing for War, Praying for Peace

Preparing for War, Praying for Peace

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Years ago, as then-Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin prepared for a critical meeting with Presidents Saadat and Carter, he stopped in New York ...


Feet on the Ground, Head in the Sky

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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"These are the generations of Yitzchak the son of Avraham, Avraham fathered Yitzchak." (Bereishit 25:19) Readers of this first verse ...


Negotiations and Acquisitions

Negotiations and Acquisitions

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A strange negotiation is reported in this week's parasha. Sarah has died and Avraham has a carefully planned agenda for the funeral arrangements. He ...


It Never Crossed My Mind

It Never Crossed My Mind

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Exploring the binding of Isaac.


Luminosity

Luminosity

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Great people are made, not born. Sometimes they are self-made. Avraham was such a person. Born into the dark ages when decency was not common, he ...


Men Behaving Very Badly

Men Behaving Very Badly

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The hope of a brand new world was quickly shattered. Sin eclipsed holiness and almost immediately, Adam and Eve were evicted from Eden. They had ...


The Shabbat App

The Shabbat App

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


A Holy Family

A Holy Family

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If you want God to treat you as His child, you must treat other people as your brothers and sisters.


(Don’t) Look Back

(Don’t) Look Back

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A Jewish view of history.


The High Holy Days: Belief in Man

The High Holy Days: Belief in Man

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The Rosh Hashanah - Yom Kippur season is upon us, filling our minds and hearts with so many thoughts and emotions that go beyond our normal ...


A Recipe for Happiness

A Recipe for Happiness

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Modern man is many things, but more than anything else, modern man is privileged. Had previous generations caught a glimpse of our lives they would ...


Abuse

Abuse

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Parashat Ki Tetze discusses a host of abusive behaviors, some sexual and others financial. In general, the Torah legislates against these aberrant ...


The Vagabond

The Vagabond

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On a lonely dark road, swift movements, footsteps, a thud ... silence: a corpse. Who was he? Presumably, the kind of person who is alone in the ...


Choices

Choices

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Making life and death decisions.


With All Your Heart and All Your Souls

With All Your Heart and All Your Souls

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All over the world, every day, for millennia, Jews recite the three chapters of the Shema. The first chapter is found in Parashat VaEtchanan, last ...


Is

Is "One" a Number?

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To a large extent, the Book of Devarim is a polemic against idolatry. Moshe instructs, cajoles and admonishes as he attempts to inspire the people ...


The Price of Hatred

The Price of Hatred

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Humankind is a strange species, capable of love yet afraid to love.


Walking in Circles

Walking in Circles

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There is something that may seem rather depressing about the start of the final parasha in the book of Bamidbar: The parasha begins with a ...


"Shall Your Brothers Go To War While You Sit...

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"Shall your brothers go to war while you sit here?" With these words Moshe hurls a devastating moral attack against the tribes of Reuven ...


Fanaticism

Fanaticism

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God Does Not Work For Us

God Does Not Work For Us

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I thank God for bringing the boys back home.


Reading Anti-Semites

Reading Anti-Semites

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Sometimes the best medicine for the Jews is to see the newspapers of those who hate us.


Embracing Torah

Embracing Torah

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Death is not a necessary element of the human condition.


Living the Dream; Ignoring Reality

Living the Dream; Ignoring Reality

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Opportunism, demagoguery, manipulation, jealousy, conniving, self-destruction: These are just some of the words that come to mind when considering ...


Have I Got a Land For You!

Have I Got a Land For You!

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The tragic tale of the spies is well-known: Moshe handpicks leaders to pay a visit to the Promised Land, but the mission spirals out of control. ...


Despair and Hope

Despair and Hope

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At one time or another, anyone may feel overwhelmed, either due to work-related stress, conflict with co-workers, friends, one's spouse or children ...


Avoiding Embezzlement

Avoiding Embezzlement

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The major thrust of Parashat Naso is the initialization of the Temple, particularly the consecration offerings brought by the leaders of each tribe. ...


An (Un)Necessary Book

An (Un)Necessary Book

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As we begin reading the fourth book of the Torah, we cannot help feeling somewhat unsettled. Each of the chapters of B’midbar (Numbers) ...


You Can Get Satisfaction

You Can Get Satisfaction

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Most of Parashat Bechukotai deals with the disastrous consequences of rebellion. If the Jewish People fails to obey God's commandments, pain, death ...


Living and Loving

Living and Loving

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As the contours of life and law in Israel's new agricultural society emerge, it becomes clear that the economy outlined by the Torah is designed not ...


An Extension of Holiness

An Extension of Holiness

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Centuries ago, a major argument shook the Jewish world. The argument centered around the omer offering, specifically regarding the interpretation of ...