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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.

In Search of Chametz

In Search of Chametz

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I. Pesach and Matzah While the seven day festival commemorated each year in the spring is now known as Chag haPesach (Passover),1 the Torah ...


Ignoring the Signs

Ignoring the Signs

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Perhaps it's human nature: You see something on your skin you hadn't noticed before. Has it always been there? Did it suddenly appear? You could ...


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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With the completion of the Mishkan, there was much excitement and anticipation in the Israelite camp. On the day the Mishkan was to become ...


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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The world of sacrificial offerings is a new, different and foreign world. As readers, we get lost in the strangeness of the entire subject, and do ...


Clouds, From Both Sides

Clouds, From Both Sides

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As the book of Shmot draws to an end, a cloud envelops and fills the newly completed Mishkan. In a general sense, we understand that this is what ...


Light My Fire

Light My Fire

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In the aftermath of the golden calf debacle, in the wake of the destruction and death it caused, and after God agreed to forgive the nation and move ...


After the Gold Rush

After the Gold Rush

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It was all supposed to be so very different: Their stop at Sinai was originally supposed to be brief, but transformative. When the Children of ...


Forever

Forever

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Long ago, we had a Temple. The Temple, or even the loss of it, does not usually occupy the minds or hearts of most Jews: Its rituals seem foreign to ...


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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Hearing of the wonders that had transpired, Yitro, Moshe's father in law, arrives in the Israelite encampment in the desert. He is genuinely happy ...


Heavenly Bread

Heavenly Bread

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The road from Egypt to Mount Sinai was not an easy one. The difficulty was not only due to the nature of the terrain the Israelites had to cross, or ...


Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse

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Something had changed; the earth had begun to shift under Pharaoh's feet. Perhaps it was brought about by the crushing force of plague after plague, ...


Devolution

Devolution

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Hard work is one thing, servitude quite another. Hard work is respectable, respected, and laudable; slavery is humiliating, dehumanizing. When a ...


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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They never saw it coming: The dramatic, unexpected end to the saga in which they were embroiled was the last thing the brothers anticipated – ...


Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

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The new chapter in the lives of Yaakov's sons had started innocently enough: A famine in Canaan gave rise to a trip to Egypt to procure food. On the ...


Family Dynamics

Family Dynamics

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It all happened so quickly: Yosef, the maligned and hated brother, approached. The brothers' enmity rapidly metastasized, and they began to talk ...


Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

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For Yaakov, life is never simple. After being abused by his father-in-law Lavan, Yaakov finally makes a break, only to be chased down and confronted ...


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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The home life of Rivka and Yitzchak was complicated. This is not to say there was a lack of love, honor or respect; in fact, quite the opposite is ...


Man of Peace

Man of Peace

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In many families, when a child reaches marriageable age, parents get involved. This may take the form of more or less subtle hints, comments or ...


The Chief Rabbi Of Sodom

The Chief Rabbi Of Sodom

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When Terach began his trek from his hometown, his destination was the Land of Canaan. The Torah never explains this migration, never gives us any ...


Covenant

Covenant

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Becoming partners with God.


Imagine

Imagine

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As we move away from the High Holy Days and return to life as usual, should we be satisfied to return to our status quo ante? Perhaps the experience ...


Cleansing Waters

Cleansing Waters

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Many of us first heard the narrative sections of the Torah when we were children. “Bible stories” are so deeply embedded in our early ...


Garden Party

Garden Party

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It was a brand new world, pristine and holy. Adam was placed in this nurturing environment, and was given few instructions: To protect and work the ...


From Sinai to Jerusalem

From Sinai to Jerusalem

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In the final parashah of the Torah, Moshe takes leave of his people by blessing them: And this is the blessing with which Moshe, the man of God, ...


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

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

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In a daring and optimistic passage, the rabbis describe the Divine assistance1 received by those who make even the smallest gesture of ...


A Holy Collective

A Holy Collective

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As Moshe prepares to leave the stage of Jewish history, he invokes a covenant between God and the Jewish People. This is neither the first nor the ...


Gratitude

Gratitude

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Understanding the mitzvah of the first fruits.


Another Brick in the Wall

Another Brick in the Wall

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Over the past few chapters we have noted a gradual shift in the topics Moshe addresses as he imparts his final lessons to the Jewish People. From an ...


Democracy, Theocracy and Monarchy

Democracy, Theocracy and Monarchy

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The Torah’s system of governance is, in and of itself, a brief mission statement for the Jewish nation-state.


Non-Prophets

Non-Prophets

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Looking for real Jewish leaders.


Rain

Rain

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This past week was a difficult one here in Israel. There were two separate incidents of murder and attempted murder: First, a man who, based on his ...


The Crucible

The Crucible

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The great tragedy of Moshe’s life was the fact that he did not complete his mission; he would not bring the people to the Promised Land. In ...


It's About Time

It's About Time

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This week's Torah reading is the first in a new book, but for the most part it is a book that tells an old story, a book whose very existence is ...


A Lush Land

A Lush Land

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After countless delays, punishments and disappointments, as the Jews draw tantalizingly close to the Promised Land, a strange request is made by the ...


Moshe's Mantle

Moshe's Mantle

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As the Israelites move closer to entering the Land of Israel, issues of inheritance come to the fore. This is true regarding the Land itself, on the ...


The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

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The events recounted in Parashat Balak took place millennia ago, but so many of the elements of the story are all too familiar to the modern ...


Deja Vu - All Over Again?

Deja Vu - All Over Again?

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It seems like déjà vu: a lack of resources leads to complaints, which brings about Divine intercession - and so it goes, again and ...


A Jealous Guy

A Jealous Guy

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There was once a man who was blessed in many ways: he was smart, he was wealthy and he came from a very good family. His name was Korah. From the ...


A Divine Rendezvous

A Divine Rendezvous

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Group dynamics are interesting and complex. Individuals who come from different places, geographically or emotionally, see the same situation in ...


The Seven Books

The Seven Books

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One God, two Tablets, three patriarchs, four matriarchs, and five books of the Torah; that is how the song from the Haggadah goes, as every Jewish ...


The Sin of Ascetism

The Sin of Ascetism

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The truly sensitive soul eschews spiritual counterfeits.


The Theory of Conservation of Holiness

The Theory of Conservation of Holiness

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As the Book of Bamidbar begins, the Israelites have been encamped at the foot of Sinai for over a year, and we begin to sense a stirring that will ...


Dayenu!

Dayenu!

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Modern colloquial Hebrew uses an ancient rabbinicism when asking what two seemingly disparate subjects have to do with one another. The phrase, ...