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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.

Trespass

Trespass

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Parshat Naso begins with a continuation of the themes enumerated in the previous parsha, Bamidbar: the role of the tribe of Levi is elaborated, ...


The Desert

The Desert

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This week we begin a new book, the book of "Numbers," known in Hebrew as Bamidbar meaning "In the Desert." The English name for ...


The Omer

The Omer

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The days between Passover and Shavuot are known as the days of the Omer. These 49 days are counted as we anxiously await the 50th day – ...


What's Love Got To Do With It?

What's Love Got To Do With It?

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This week's Torah reading contains one of the central teachings of Judaism, the command to "Love one's neighbor." This command impacts ...


When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

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Exploring some of the hidden depths behind the kosher laws.


Shabbat HaGadol

Shabbat HaGadol

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The Shabbat prior to Passover is called Shabbat HaGadol. The source of the term is unclear as it is not found in the Tanach or Talmudic literature,1 ...


Vayikra - And He Called

Vayikra - And He Called

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The Book of Leviticus ostensible marks a clear new beginning. A glance at Leviticus reveals a book quite different from the other books of the ...


Bringing Down the Shechina

Bringing Down the Shechina

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The Book of Exodus comes to an end with the establishment of the Tabernacle in the desert. In a sense, the consecration of the Tabernacle, and ...


My Great-Grandfather's Monument

My Great-Grandfather's Monument

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This week (Shushan Purim) marks the Yahrziet of my great-grandfather, Harav Yair Halevi Chamedes, Zatz"al, Rav of Riminiv, and later Rav of the ...


The Heroism of Esther

The Heroism of Esther

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Despite her tragic circumstances, Esther did not lose faith or hope.


A Question of Race?

A Question of Race?

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This week, following the reading of Parshat Truma, we read a special section of the Torah called Zachor, "Remember": Remember what ...


These Are the Laws

These Are the Laws

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This week's Torah portion begins with the words of God directed to Moses: "These are the mishpatim (i. e. laws, judgments, ordinances) that ...


The Word of God

The Word of God

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As the Jews await the revelation at Sinai, they gather at the foot of the mountain, anxiously anticipating the momentous events which would shortly ...


Laws

Laws

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After the momentous Exodus and the spectacular splitting of the Red Sea the Jews find themselves at Marah: So Moses brought Israel from the Red ...


The First Born

The First Born

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Plague after plague befall the Egyptians, nonetheless Pharaoh remains steadfast in his refusal to release the Israelites. Finally the last plague, ...


Pharaoh's Heart

Pharaoh's Heart

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One of the most intriguing elements of the Exodus story is the interplay between God and Pharaoh. Though they never actually speak directly, it is ...


Moses' Stop

Moses' Stop

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The Book of Exodus begins with the children of Israel in Egypt, suffering the pains of enslavement. God "remembers" His people, and sends ...


Who Are These?

Who Are These?

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Parshat Vayechi is the last portion in the Book of Genesis. One of the major messages of Genesis has been the theme of the younger brother ...


The Power of an Idea

The Power of an Idea

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The tension which has been building up in the text finally reaches its crescendo. Joseph can no longer contain himself: Then Joseph could not ...


Joseph as

Joseph as "Yehosef"

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Parshat Miketz begins with Joseph languishing in prison in Egypt. He has been forgotten by his would-be savior, the reinstated servant of Pharaoh. ...


Clothes Make the Man

Clothes Make the Man

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The story of Joseph is one of the saddest in the Book of Genesis. The sons of Jacob are remembered for the near- fratricide, rather than for ...


Reuben

Reuben

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While Parshat Vayetzei told us about Jacob's marriage and fatherhood, Parshat Vayishlach unveils some of the problems which Jacob experiences with ...


Rachel and Leah

Rachel and Leah

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Parshat Vayetze begins with Jacob on the run, trying on the one hand to escape from his vengeful brother Esau, while on the other hand trying to ...


Esau

Esau

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Parshat Toldot tells the tale of the two children born to Isaac and Rebecca, Esau and Jacob. The Jewish tradition teaches much about the greatness ...


The Servant of Abraham

The Servant of Abraham

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This week's Torah portion deals primarily with two issues: - the death and subsequent burial of Sarah, and - the search for a wife for ...


Father and Son

Father and Son

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One of the most dramatic episodes in the entire Torah, and certainly in the Book of Genesis, is the Akaida -- the binding of Isaac. From the moment ...


Acts of the Fathers

Acts of the Fathers

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And the Lord had said to Abram, "Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. ...


Rashbi and the Rainbow

Rashbi and the Rainbow

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After the deluge Noah emerges from his craft. The world had been punished by the wrath of God. And now God speaks: And God spoke to Noah, and to ...


The First Man

The First Man

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In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And a ...


The Last Eight Verses

The Last Eight Verses

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The Torah comes to its completion with the following verses: So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the ...


The Song of Moses

The Song of Moses

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This week's Torah portion is one of the last in the Torah. Here Moses takes a different course of action when compared to the other parts of his ...


All For One and One For All

All For One and One For All

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Parshat Nitzavim and Parshat Veyelech are read together this Shabbat. You stand this day all of you before the Lord your God; your captains of ...


Joy

Joy

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As the Jews are making the final preparations for the imminent conquest, Moses instructs the people: And it shall be, when you come in to the land ...


Going to War

Going to War

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When you go forth to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God has delivered them into your hands, and you have taken them captive, and see ...


Justice, Justice

Justice, Justice

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Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you, throughout your tribes; and they shall judge the people ...


A Blessing and a Curse

A Blessing and a Curse

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'See! I give you today (a choice of) a blessing and a curse. The blessing, when you listen to the commandments of God your Lord, which I command you ...


Reward and Punishment

Reward and Punishment

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In this week's Torah portion, one of the most seminal ideas of Judaism is articulated -- the concept of reward and punishment, though the term ...


The Prayer of Moses

The Prayer of Moses

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Parshat V'Etchanan contains some of the most important teachings of Judaism. Here we find the Ten Commandments taught for the second time. Here we ...


The Words of Moses

The Words of Moses

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Both ancient and modern readers of the Book of Deuteronomy have discerned a change in style from the other four books of the Torah. The book starts ...


Reuben and Gad

Reuben and Gad

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Parshat Matot seems to consist of a number of non-sequiturs. It begins with a discourse on the laws of oaths. The heads of the tribes -- roshei ...


Lover of Peace or Fanatic?

Lover of Peace or Fanatic?

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At the conclusion of last week's Torah portion, we read about the act of Zimri and the response of Pinchas. The episode is described as ...


Balaam's Curse

Balaam's Curse

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As this week's Torah portion opens, Balak, the king of Moab, sees that the Israelites had conquered the mighty Amorites and is frightened. Therefore ...


Death

Death

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This week's Torah portion begins by teaching about the rite of the Red Heifer that purifies those who come in contact with the dead. The rite of ...


Rebellion

Rebellion

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In the aftermath of the episode of the spies, this week's Torah portion begins with a direct full-scale rebellion against Moses, Aaron, and ...


The Spies

The Spies

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God spoke to Moses saying: 'Send for you men to tour the Land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Children of Israel.' (Numbers 13:1-2) Moses is ...


The Unfinished Book

The Unfinished Book

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When the Ark traveled, Moses said: 'Arise God! Scatter your enemies, and let those who hate you flee from in front of you. And when the Ark rested, ...


Divine Abundance

Divine Abundance

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