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.


Intrigue in Shushan

An in-depth look at the story of Purim.

Obedience

The world of sacrificial offerings is a new, different and foreign world. As readers, we get lost...

Clouds, From Both Sides

As the book of Shmot draws to an end, a cloud envelops and fills the newly completed Mishkan. In a...

Light My Fire

In the aftermath of the golden calf debacle, in the wake of the destruction and death it caused,...

After the Gold Rush

It was all supposed to be so very different: Their stop at Sinai was originally supposed to be...

Forever

Long ago, we had a Temple. The Temple, or even the loss of it, does not usually occupy the minds...

Deep Roots

Never lose faith in the future.

Not In Heaven

Attaining the spiritual through the physical.

Dual Loyalty

Hearing of the wonders that had transpired, Yitro, Moshe's father in law, arrives in the Israelite...

Heavenly Bread

The road from Egypt to Mount Sinai was not an easy one. The difficulty was not only due to the...

Total Eclipse

Something had changed; the earth had begun to shift under Pharaoh's feet. Perhaps it was brought...

Devolution

Hard work is one thing, servitude quite another. Hard work is respectable, respected, and laudable...

We Are Family

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

Love and Loss

In the words of the great poet Alfred Tennyson, 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to...

Seeing a Ghost

They never saw it coming: The dramatic, unexpected end to the saga in which they were embroiled...

Crime and Punishment

The new chapter in the lives of Yaakov's sons had started innocently enough: A famine in Canaan...

Family Dynamics

It all happened so quickly: Yosef, the maligned and hated brother, approached. The brothers'...

Homeward Bound

For Yaakov, life is never simple. After being abused by his father-in-law Lavan, Yaakov finally...

Climbing Jacob's Ladder

Understanding the blessings of Yaakov.

Inside Information

The home life of Rivka and Yitzchak was complicated. This is not to say there was a lack of love,...

Man of Peace

In many families, when a child reaches marriageable age, parents get involved. This may take the...

The Chief Rabbi Of Sodom

What attracted Lot to live in Sodom?

Covenant

Becoming partners with God.

Imagine

As we move away from the High Holy Days and return to life as usual, should we be satisfied to...

Cleansing Waters

Many of us first heard the narrative sections of the Torah when we were children. “Bible...

Garden Party

It was a brand new world, pristine and holy. Adam was placed in this nurturing environment, and...

From Sinai to Jerusalem

In the final parashah of the Torah, Moshe takes leave of his people by blessing them: And this...

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

In a daring and optimistic passage, the rabbis describe the Divine assistance1 received by those...

A Holy Collective

As Moshe prepares to leave the stage of Jewish history, he invokes a covenant between God and the...

Gratitude

Understanding the mitzvah of the first fruits.

Another Brick in the Wall

Over the past few chapters we have noted a gradual shift in the topics Moshe addresses as he...

Democracy, Theocracy and Monarchy

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

Non-Prophets

Looking for real Jewish leaders.

Rain

This past week was a difficult one here in Israel. There were two separate incidents of murder and...

The Crucible

The great tragedy of Moshe’s life was the fact that he did not complete his mission; he...

It's About Time

This week's Torah reading is the first in a new book, but for the most part it is a book that...

A Lush Land

After countless delays, punishments and disappointments, as the Jews draw tantalizingly close to...

Moshe's Mantle

As the Israelites move closer to entering the Land of Israel, issues of inheritance come to the...

The Road Not Taken

The events recounted in Parashat Balak took place millennia ago, but so many of the elements of...

Deja Vu - All Over Again?

It seems like déjà vu: a lack of resources leads to complaints, which brings about...

A Jealous Guy

There was once a man who was blessed in many ways: he was smart, he was wealthy and he came from a...

A Divine Rendezvous

Group dynamics are interesting and complex. Individuals who come from different places,...

The Seven Books

One God, two Tablets, three patriarchs, four matriarchs, and five books of the Torah; that is how...

The Sin of Ascetism

The truly sensitive soul eschews spiritual counterfeits.

The Theory of Conservation of Holiness

As the Book of Bamidbar begins, the Israelites have been encamped at the foot of Sinai for over a...

Dayenu!

Modern colloquial Hebrew uses an ancient rabbinicism when asking what two seemingly disparate...

Teach Your Children

As is often the case, the name of this week's parasha is taken from a word in the very first...

A Nation of Priests

From the beginning of the book of Vayikra, our attention has been focused on the Mishkan and the...

FreeBird

The twin Torah portions of Tazria and Metzora contend with many physiological phenomena - some...

You Are What You Eat

An approach to understanding the laws of keeping kosher.

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