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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.

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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And you shall return to the Almighty your God, and shall obey His voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with ...


Lost and Found

Lost and Found

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FIRST FRUITS As their time in the desert comes to a close, the Children of Israel stand on the verge of the Promised Land and Moshe teaches them a ...


Dysfunctional Relationships

Dysfunctional Relationships

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Parshat Ki Tetzei starts with war and ends with war. It begins with a man in the heat of battle who spies an attractive woman from the opposing ...


Whither Truth?

Whither Truth?

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At times of indecision, when ambiguity reigns and man does not know what the Divine Law expects of him, the Torah offers a path out of the ...


In the Eyes of God and Man

In the Eyes of God and Man

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THE CHOSEN PLACE The central motif of Parshat Re'eh is the obligation to create a central place of worship at a location of God's choosing: But ...


A Little Pesach

A Little Pesach

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An entire year had passed, an eventful year to say the least. The year began with the word of God ― and the gift of time: the Israelites were told ...


Walking Together With God

Walking Together With God

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Parshat Ekev begins with what seems like a familiar dictum: And it will be because you heed these judgments, and safeguard and do them, that the ...


Zachor and Shamor

Zachor and Shamor

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The Book of Devarim is also known as Mishneh Torah, translated as Deuteronomy. The practical explanation for the book's name, and for its raison ...


Feeling Small

Feeling Small

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Tradition records that the Ninth of Av, the day both Temples were destroyed, has a biblical antecedent of infamy. On this date, it was decreed that ...


Thought, Speech and Action

Thought, Speech and Action

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AN UNUSUAL BEGINNING Parshat Matot begins with Moshe speaking to the leaders. The familiar introduction to legal sections such as this, "and ...


To Fight for Peace

To Fight for Peace

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The Reward In the aftermath of the debacle that had unfolded in the camp, Pinchas killed the lecherous Zimri, and was rewarded by Divine ...


Opening the Mouth of the Donkey

Opening the Mouth of the Donkey

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Of all the biblical characters, one of the most intriguing is a man named Bilam. Despite the fact that he does not seem to "walk with ...


The Selection of Aharon

The Selection of Aharon

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In numerous places in this week's Parsha, we are told of the ascension of Aharon to the exalted role of Kohen - even Kohen Gadol (High Priest). ...


To Truly Believe

To Truly Believe

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After the death of Miriam a crisis developed in the camp; there was no water to drink: Then the People of Israel, the whole congregation, came ...


The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

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The experience of synesthesia, where the Jews at Mount Sinai actually saw sounds.


Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

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One of the most manipulative characters in the Torah is a man named Korach. He was filled with jealousy, 1 but rather than remain isolated, ...


Yehoshua

Yehoshua

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