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.


Creating Holiness

As Parashat Kedoshim begins, Moshe is instructed to assemble the entire community for a public...

Rectification

The parasha begins with an ominous frame of reference: "After the deaths of the two sons of...

Feeling Kinship

As the Torah continues its discussion of spiritual "leprosy," we learn that this strange...

Seclusion

Tum'ah is a word that is not easily defined. While we use the word "impurity" to...

Separations

As it becomes operational, the Mishkan (Tabernacle) engenders new responsibilities: Aharon is...

Impetuosness

As the Mishkan (Sanctuary) is about to become operational, one last detail must be addressed:...

Intimacy

Bringing holiness down to earth.

A Happy Ending

The Exodus story is tinged with dashed dreams of what could have been.

Creativity

Parashat Vayakhel finds us in the midst of the construction of the Sanctuary, The Mishkan, and...

The View From Above

Of all the elements of the sin of the Golden Calf, the most striking is the stark contrast: Moshe...

Searching For a Heart of Gold

Clothes can do many things; they can express a mood or serve as camouflage, attract attention,...

If You Build It, I Will Come

In five words (which require considerably more to render into discernable English) the Torah...

Minutia

mi·nu·ti·ae (noun) mə'n(y)o͞oSHē,ē,-SHē,ī/ plural noun: minutia 1. the small,...

The Good, the Bad and the Indifferent

After the Israelites escape the Egyptians and survive the skirmish with Amalek, word of their...

The Long Shortcut

When the Israelites finally leave Egypt, rather than taking them on the shortest, most direct...

The Dignity of Mitzvot

The time for redemption had arrived. The Jews would be leaving Egypt at last - whether because the...

Pharaoh's Conundrum

As the showdown between God and Pharaoh nears its apex, we are faced with a moral dilemma that has...

A New Book, An Old Story

This parashah is the first in a new book. It represents a new beginning, not only of the narrative...

An Inconclusive Conclusion

As the book of Bereishit nears its conclusion, there is some "unfinished" business to be...

A Moment of Truth

Can you handle the truth?

Victim No More

Yosef is one of the most impressive characters in the Torah. Although he faced seemingly...

A Contentious Coat

To some it seems to be a story about a coat, a dazzling coat of many colors, but in truth, it was...

Confronting Your Fears

Yaakov's return to Israel would not be simple; the factors that caused him to flee all those years...

A Twice-Told Tale

The story seems strangely familiar: A band of Jews on the run, desperately trying to escape,...

Lessons of a Sale

Yitzchak and Rivka had two children, Esav and Yakov. As twins, it goes without saying that they...

Uncommon Decency

When the time arrives to find a bride for Yitzchak, Avraham sends his most trusted servant on a...

Practice What You Preach

Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son” Abe says, “Man, you must be puttin&rsquo...

Deconstructing and Reconstructing Avraham

In Jewish tradition, Avraham is seen as the archetype of hesed; he is known not merely as the best...

The Terrible Secret of the Tower

The story of the Tower of Babel is well known: Mankind unites to build an edifice designed to...

Mobilizing Jews

Heroism, leadership and kinship during Israel's "mini-war."

How To Comfort Mourners

Guidelines for a very delicate mitzvah.

You Didn't Build That

Judaism's approach to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Out of the Comfort Zone

Understanding Sukkot as the pure holiday of joy.

Purim and the Masks We Wear

The deeper meaning behind dressing up in costumes on Purim.

Why Kiss the Mezuzah?

How the mezuzah provides a daily connection to spirituality.

Be Strong - "Chazak"

With the parsha of V'Zot HaBracha the Torah reaches its conclusion. While the vast majority of the...

Rehabilitation

After taking another man's life, a petty criminal changes the direction of his life.

Listen and Hear: Heaven and Earth

In Parshat Ha'azinu, Moshe speaks in song. In what may sound like no more than a poetic turn of...

Gather the People

As Moshe's speech draws to an end, he addresses some of the practical, pragmatic issues at hand;...

An Old Ode to Joy

There is an interesting subtext to this week's parsha, a concept that links what at first glance...

Of Love and Hatred

Parshat Ki Tetzei is teeming with mitzvot, many of which are concerned with family and...

Trees Are People Too (?)

Every sprout conveys some inner hidden message.

Eat To Your Heart's Desire

As the Jews stand on the east bank of the Jordan River, Moshe again warns them against following...

The Little Things

As Moshe continues his soliloquy, after revisiting some of the major catastrophes that befell the...

Why Couldn't Moshe Enter the Land of Israel?

Parshat Vaetchanan starts with a prayer - Moshe's plea that he be permitted to cross the Jordan...

Og

To a large extent, the book of Dvarim is a retrospective of events and laws taught in previous...

Half of Menashe

As the Book of Bamidbar comes to an end, preparations for the conquest and settlement of the Land...

Pinchas and Zimri: The Anatomy of an Argument

Sometimes, biblical stories are complex or densely and intricately woven; other times, the...

Friends and Family

In Parshat Balak, a catastrophe is narrowly averted: A professional hit-man of sorts is hired to...

The Ultimate Battle: Morality

As Parshat Chukat begins, the Jews have moved away from Mount Sinai and begun their trek to the...

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