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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.

Perfidy

Perfidy

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While the story of the rebellion of Korach is well known, the very idea of a rebellion against Moshe seems strange to us. Moshe was surely the ...


Of Spies and Men

Of Spies and Men

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The main episode which takes place in Parshat Shelach is the story of the men sent by Moshe to scout the land. Although these men are referred to in ...


Moshe, Miriam and Prophecy

Moshe, Miriam and Prophecy

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At the end of Parshat B'ha'alotcha a short episode is recounted, an episode that seems a private family matter of sibling intrigue: And Miriam and ...


A Divine Encampment

A Divine Encampment

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The Book of Bamidbar, and the parsha which gives it its name, begins with a census. Apparently, this is in preparation for the march from Sinai to ...


Coming Home

Coming Home

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In the penultimate parsha of the Book of Vayikra the text returns us to the locale where the Torah was given: Sinai. We cannot help but ask why the ...


The Story Behind the Story

The Story Behind the Story

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Parshat Emor primarily teaches law:(1) Laws concerning the Kohanim, and laws regarding the various festivals, make up the majority of the Parsha. ...


Focused Passion

Focused Passion

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One of the most horrific pagan rituals practiced in the ancient world, known as Molech, is mentioned - and prohibited - in this week's Torah ...


Turning Pain Into Pleasure

Turning Pain Into Pleasure

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Although this week's parshiot are largely concerned with matters of human physiology,(1) the Torah is not a medical book; the maladies enumerated in ...


In Front of God

In Front of God

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On the eighth day, all was prepared; the Mishkan was completed and ready for service. It was meant to be a glorious day. On this day a revelation ...


No Hesitation

No Hesitation

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With the Mishkan completed and the laws of the offerings taught, the final step toward making the Mishkan operational could finally be taken. Now ...


"VAYIKRa" - Making Space for Holiness

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A STRANGE BEGINNING Vayikra is a new book, ostensibly marking a clear new beginning. A glance at Vayikra reveals a book quite different from the ...


A Prayer of Moshe

A Prayer of Moshe

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As the finishing touches are put on the Mishkan, Moshe sees that all God's instructions have been carried out precisely, and he utters a ...


"And Out Came This Calf ..."

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Despite the popular adage, the sin of the Golden Calf was no orphan: like other tragedies and failures, there were many contributors to this ...


Royal Clothing

Royal Clothing

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While last week's parsha addressed the materials needed to construct the Mishkan and its utensils, this week's parsha addresses those who would ...


As Seen On the Mountain

As Seen On the Mountain

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In the beginning of this week's Parsha, the nation is instructed to build a "house for God" (The Mishkan or Tabernacle, forerunner of the ...


Soul Matters

Soul Matters

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As the Parsha begins, the awe of Sinai can still be felt; the words, the sights and the sounds are still fresh in the peoples' memory. Aside from ...


Reliving Revelation

Reliving Revelation

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The goal of the Exodus never was merely geographical relocation, the physical removal of the Jewish slaves from the boundaries of Egypt. From the ...


"Chok and Mishpat" - From Logic to Metalogic

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After(1) the momentous Exodus and the spectacular splitting of the Sea, the Jews find themselves at Marah: So Moshe led Israel from the Red Sea, ...


Around Midnight

Around Midnight

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The final plague of the first-born achieves the desired goal.


The Fifth Cup

The Fifth Cup

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Moshe's initial attempt to liberate the people seemed to have had the opposite result: instead of winning their freedom, the misery had increased. ...


Collecting Straw

Collecting Straw

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What was once only a dream, a vague hope based on a tradition passed from parent to child, had now become tangible, palpable: Redemption. The word ...


Father and Son

Father and Son

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The narrative of this week's parsha seems to pose a problem when considered in light of a halacha recorded in the book of Devarim: If a man has ...


Plan Interrupted

Plan Interrupted

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Ever since the sale of Yosef, the tension has been building. As the preceding chapters detail Yosef's astounding, meteoric transformation from ...


In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams

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The First Two Dreams Pharaoh has a dream. He is frightened and agitated, yet not one of his advisors can interpret his dream: And it came to pass ...


For a Pair of Shoes

For a Pair of Shoes

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After the brother sell Joseph, they use the money to purchase shoes.


Give Truth to Yaakov

Give Truth to Yaakov

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SEEING ANGELS As the parsha opens, Yaakov is once again on the move. This time he is returning home, to the Land of Israel. As has been the case ...


The Place - Hamakom

The Place - Hamakom

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Yaakov takes leave of his parents and begins his journey. As the sun sets he settles for the night, in a place not immediately identified by ...


Echoes of Eden

Echoes of Eden

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At the end of Parshat Chayei Sarah, Avraham's faithful servant completes his mission: He declines Lavan's extended hospitality and brings their ...


Death of a King

Death of a King

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ADVANCED YEARS This week's parsha describes Avraham in his advanced years; he is old, but blessed: And Avraham was old and advanced in years; ...


The Purpose of the Akeida

The Purpose of the Akeida

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AVRAHAM'S VIEW OF DEATH And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Avraham, and said to him, Avraham; and he said, 'Here I am. And ...


Love and Fear

Love and Fear

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Parshat Lech Lecha begins in what seems to be the middle - the middle of Avraham's life, the middle of some ongoing dialogue or relationship between ...


Na'ama

Na'ama

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AN ANONYMOUS WOMAN 1 In a generation of moral decay, one man shines. Noah is a righteous man, perfect in his generation. From the scant ...


In Search of the Serpent

In Search of the Serpent

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IN THE BEGINNING As Creation unfolds, God creates a variety of species and presents them to Adam, who in turn gives them names. The curious ...


Binding Love

Binding Love

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While the overwhelming majority of the Torah is made up of either narrative or law, a small percentage of the Torah is poetry or song. One such ...


The Sound of the Shofar

The Sound of the Shofar

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The holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, has been marked for millennia as a time for introspection, celebrated by blowing the ...


A Scholar Gone Astray

A Scholar Gone Astray

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