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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.

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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Twelve men are chosen for a mission. The mission will take them to the Promised Land; soon the entire nation will follow. In the end, the mission is ...


Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 Students

Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 Students

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A scholarly, mystical look at the Omer mourning period.


A Head Full of Holiness

A Head Full of Holiness

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MORE PROHIBITIONS In Parshat Naso we are introduced to a new type of individual, a person who is not satisfied with the multitude of other ...


The Danger of Holiness

The Danger of Holiness

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As the Parsha and the new book "B'midbar" ("Numbers") open, Moshe is instructed to take a census of the males aged twenty and above, all those who ...


Standing Tall

Standing Tall

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Blessings and Curses B'chukotai, the last parsha in the book of Vayikra, contains blessings and curses. The blessings are assured if we collectively ...


The Omer - Bread from Heaven

The Omer - Bread from Heaven

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DIVINE APPOINTMENTS Parshat Emor includes a list of mo'adim , a term usually translated as "holidays." This word might be more accurately ...


In Search of Holiness

In Search of Holiness

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Parshat Kedoshim begins with an invitation that includes the entire congregation in a unique directive: And God spoke to Moshe, saying, Speak to ...


Silence

Silence

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CONSECRATION After1 months of preparation, the Mishkan is consecrated; the excitement was surely palpable. In the middle of the celebration, ...


The Holy Hyssop

The Holy Hyssop

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DIVINE PHYSIOLOGY After delineating kosher and non kosher animals at the end of last week's parsha, the Torah continues by focusing on the ...


Of Matzot and Mitzvot

Of Matzot and Mitzvot

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The Parsha begins with a turn of phrase that is unusual in the Torah: "Tzav," command: And the Eternal God spoke to Moshe, saying, 2. ...


Shabbat: Imitating Creation

Shabbat: Imitating Creation

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Understanding why God rested on the seventh day, and what it means for me.


Angelic Speech

Angelic Speech

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God calls to Moshe from the midst of the Mishkan, and God speaks. Rather than, "God spoke to Moshe," or even, "God called Moshe and spoke to him," ...


Shabbat:  Spiritual Rehabilitation

Shabbat: Spiritual Rehabilitation

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THE FIRST LECTURE Four months after arriving at Sinai, Moshe Gathers the people, and teaches them God's law: And Moshe gathered all the ...


Purim 5769

Purim 5769

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A Multifaceted Book The Book of Esther has many levels of interpretation. At times we are unsure if it is a comedy or tragedy. We are unsure if it ...


Out of Place

Out of Place

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The previous Parsha, Mishpatim, comes to an end as Moshe enters the cloud, ascends the mountain, and remains there 40 days and nights (Shmot 24:18). ...


The Rabbi and the Professor

The Rabbi and the Professor

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A true story for Israel Remembrance Day.


'Lex Talionis': Law and Ethics

'Lex Talionis': Law and Ethics

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While for many people "Torah" is synonymous with "Law," until the 21st chapter of Exodus the Torah has remarkably little ...


"Saying..."

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2448 years after creation, after 210 years in Egypt, after 86 years of servitude, after 7 weeks of freedom, the heavens are about to open - and the ...


The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh Plague

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With1 the ten plagues behind them, the Jews leave Egypt and head to Mount Sinai. In fact, Sinai had been on the itinerary from the outset of the ...


Signs

Signs

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Examining the plan behind the plagues.


Frogs

Frogs

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God sends a message to Pharoh to release His people. The message is ridiculed and rejected. God then tells Moshe of the plan to strike Egypt with ...


Born to Lead

Born to Lead

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ANONYMITY In this parsha we meet a person who turns out to be the major character of the Five Books of Moshe. His name is Moshe. Despite his ...


Salvation

Salvation

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As Yaakov's last days approach,1 feelings of his own mortality become acute. He knows that he will soon depart from this world, and he has an ...


Wagons

Wagons

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THE MESSAGE The brothers return from their mission with spectacular, perhaps unbelievable news: Yosef is alive! And they told him, 'Yosef lives, ...


Of Spies and Thieves

Of Spies and Thieves

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THE TRAP1 After a series of strange negotiations and reversals of fortunes, the brothers of Yosef have procured food, and are finally united and on ...


A Tale of Two Megilot

A Tale of Two Megilot

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In an apartment in Jerusalem, there reside two Scrolls of Esther that tell a story of exile and escape, hope and failure.


Ketz Bavel -Zerubavel

Ketz Bavel -Zerubavel

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The tale of Yaakov's family life unfolds as a dramatic story, replete with jealousy, punctuated by hatred, and nearly culminating in fratricide: ...


Dancing in the Streets_

Dancing in the Streets_

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The mystical roots of Tu B'Av -- one of the most important days of the Jewish year.


Yaakov / Yisrael

Yaakov / Yisrael

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YISRAEL1 And Yaakov was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. (Bereishit 32:25) Late one night a ...


Yaakov's Ladder

Yaakov's Ladder

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YAAKOV'S LADDER1 ESCAPE FROM BE'ERSHEVA 2 The Parsha begins with Yaakov on the run, ordered by his parents, but propelled by fear of his ...


The Voice (and Hands) of Yaakov

The Voice (and Hands) of Yaakov

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THE VOICE (AND HANDS) OF YAAKOV1 THE VOICE OF ESAV And her days to bear are fulfilled, and lo, twins [are] in her womb; and the first came out ...


A Living Well

A Living Well

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This week's shiur is dedicated to the memory of my mother-in-law, Mrs. Bernice Linder, who passed away this past Thursday in NY May the words of ...


Goat for Azazel

Goat for Azazel

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In the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, Yom Kippur had two unusual rituals in Jewish life: The entrance of the High Priest into the Holy of Holies, and the selection of twin goats. What's behind all this?


Sukkot: The Universal Holiday

Sukkot: The Universal Holiday

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The essence of Sukkot is living with God, not questioning, but accepting, trusting.


Elevation

Elevation

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It is frightening: "Some time later God tested Avraham." It is dramatic and haunting: "Take your son, your only son, Yitzchak whom you love." It ...


The Universal and the Particular

The Universal and the Particular

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THE UNIVERSAL AND THE PARTICULAR 1 It begins with a word, a command - or perhaps a test: The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your ...


The Raven - Nevermore?

The Raven - Nevermore?

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