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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.

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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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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The Land of Israel is inseparably intertwined with our faith.


The Omer – Bread from Heaven

The Omer – Bread from Heaven

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The significance of eating bread after Passover.


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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