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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.

Holiness

Holiness

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And God spoke to Moshe saying: 'Speak to the entire Community of Israel, and say to them "You shall be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am ...


The Quality of Innocence

The Quality of Innocence

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This week's Torah portion begins with instructions given to Moses, which effect his brother Aaron, and all of Aaron's descendants: And God spoke ...


The Dangers of Ecstasy

The Dangers of Ecstasy

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In this week's Torah portion, we find the instructions given to Aaron regarding the service for Yom Kippur. The service is introduced by reminding ...


The Sanctity of Speech

The Sanctity of Speech

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Exploring the essence of mankind’s incredible power of speech.


Life and Death

Life and Death

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And God spoke to Moses saying: 'Speak to the children of Israel to say to them that when a woman conceives and gives birth to a male, she shall be ...


The Sons of Aaron: Sinners or Saints?

The Sons of Aaron: Sinners or Saints?

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This week's Torah portion begins with the 8th day of celebration of the consecration of the Tabernacle. First Aaron is called upon to offer a calf ...


Thoughts of Sin

Thoughts of Sin

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This week's Torah portion opens with a description of a sacrificial offering called olah, which is entirely consumed by fire. The Sages have a ...


The Idea of Rosh Hashana

The Idea of Rosh Hashana

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It is common knowledge that Rosh Hashana marks the Jewish New Year. The Mishna in Rosh Hashana teaches us that Judaism actually recognizes multiple ...


Sukkot:  The Universal Holiday

Sukkot: The Universal Holiday

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On Sukkot, our physical and spiritual lives coexist.


Elkana and Chana

Elkana and Chana

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Elkana and Chanah (1) On the first day of Rosh Hashanah we read the Torah(2) section describing the birth of Yitzchak, or more precisely, how God ...


Rabbi Eleazar ben Dordaya: A Story of Teshuva

Rabbi Eleazar ben Dordaya: A Story of Teshuva

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One of the cornerstones of Judaism is the possibility of Teshuva - return. Man is endowed with a divine spark which is manifest in his free choice: ...


Holiday of Giving the Torah

Holiday of Giving the Torah

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For the next few weeks, the Torah portion read in Israel will be different than the Torah portion read in the rest of the world. For the weekly ...


The Twenty Eighth of Iyar

The Twenty Eighth of Iyar

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This week's essay is dedicated to the 28th day of Iyyar the date of the liberation of Jerusalem. The essay is an excerpt from my book ...


The Inner Sanctum

The Inner Sanctum

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"God spoke to Moshe after the death of Aharon's two sons, when they approached before God and they died: And God said to Moshe - Speak to ...


Man's Duality

Man's Duality

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God spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak to the People of Israel, saying, If a woman conceives, and bears a male child; then she shall be unclean seven ...


Aharon's Silence

Aharon's Silence

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In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of the two sons of Aharon the torah recounts how Moshe approached Aharon apparently in an attempt to comfort ...


The Holy Habitation

The Holy Habitation

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When the Jews finally take leave of Egypt they rush out quickly; so quickly that the bread doesn't have time to rise, as they are chased out in a ...


Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons

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The book of Shmot begins with a word that links it to the Book of Bereishit: And these are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with ...


Conclusions

Conclusions

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As we approach the conclusion of Bereishit an episode that we believed was resolved, returns. And when Yosef's brothers saw that their father was ...


Catch the Bull By the Horn

Catch the Bull By the Horn

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CHANUKAH 5768 While the story of Chanuka is well known, Rabbinic sources relating to these events are terse and obscure. Other holidays are ...


Comings and Goings

Comings and Goings

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Sarah's lifetime was one hundred years, twenty years, and seven years; the years of Sarah's life. Sarah died in Kiryat-Arba which is Hevron, in the ...


The Matzah of Lot

The Matzah of Lot

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Lot, the nephew of Avraham, is a strange and tragic figure. His uncle was the greatest man of the age, yet Lot was unable to get along with him. We ...


Four Against Five

Four Against Five

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In this week's portion a new character takes center-stage. His name is Avram. He is told to leave his home, to leave his family, and to go to the ...


Nimrod

Nimrod

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An examination of the prototypical evil ruler.


Be Strong

Be Strong

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With the Parshat Zot Ha'bracha, the Torah reaches its conclusion. While the vast majority of this week's Torah portion contains the blessing which ...


The Straight and Just Path

The Straight and Just Path

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Parshat Ha'azinu stands out from other sections of the Torah due to its form. Parshat Ha'azinu is a song/poem written by Moses and lists the ...


The Idea of Rosh Hashana

The Idea of Rosh Hashana

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It is common knowledge that Rosh Hashana marks the Jewish New Year. The Mishna in Rosh Hashana teaches us that Judaism actually recognizes multiple ...


Return

Return

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The Parsha Nitzavim is always read in close proximity to Rosh Hashana and the "Days of Awe" in general. This choice of reading is not ...


Reishit:  Beginning

Reishit: Beginning

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And it shall be, when you come in to the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance, and possess it, and live in it. That you shall ...


To Be As One

To Be As One

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While Parshat Ki Tetzei is made up of numerous apparently disconnected topics, there is a subtext which repeats itself time and again throughout ...


From Left to Right

From Left to Right

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Parshat Shoftim deals with the new social reality that will emerge upon entering and conquering the Land of Israel. With the death of Moses, the ...


The Light of the Moon

The Light of the Moon

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Toward the end of Parshat Pinchas we are told about the various offerings which will be brought in the Temple on the different "Holy Days" ...


The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye

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As the children of Israel are encamped in the plains of Moav, danger looms from outside the camp. A plot is in formation designed to mortally harm ...


The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day

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As the name of this Torah portion would indicate, the people gather around Moses to begin learning the Torah which he received at Sinai. The first ...


The Golden Calf

The Golden Calf

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This week's Torah portion contains one of the great tragedies of Jewish history. The people who had left Egypt miraculously and witnessed the ...


The Tragedy of Lessons Not Learned

The Tragedy of Lessons Not Learned

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As the Children of Israel begin their journey from Egypt, they must surely feel on top of the world. But the question on their lips must also be: ...


Where is Moses?

Where is Moses?

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Why isn’t Moses mentioned in this week’s Torah portion?


The Light of the Messiah

The Light of the Messiah

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The actions of the forefathers serve as a portent for their descendants.


The Binding

The Binding

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This Torah portion contains God's tenth and last trial of Abraham: the binding of Isaac. Abraham is commanded to sacrifice his son, his beloved son ...


Innocence Lost and Found

Innocence Lost and Found

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This week's parsha represents somewhat of a departure from the previous sections of the Torah. While the other sections where mainly concerned with ...


The Ten Commandments: Part I

The Ten Commandments: Part I

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In this week's Torah, the greatest moment in the history of the world transpires -- the Revelation of God on Mount Sinai. Despite the obvious ...


Time for Freedom

Time for Freedom

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And God spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying: 'This month is the first of the months for you, it shall be the first of the months of ...


And His Name Will Be One

And His Name Will Be One

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And the Lord (Elo-him) spoke to Moses and said to him 'I am God (Y/H/V/H). I revealed Myself to Abraham to Isaac and to Jacob as El Shaddai, but by ...


Moses: The Emergence of a Leader

Moses: The Emergence of a Leader

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Why Moses deserved to be a leader.


The Death of Jacob

The Death of Jacob

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It’s the end of an era.


Joseph From the Kabbalistic Perspective

Joseph From the Kabbalistic Perspective

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As we have already seen, early on Joseph is linked to the fulfillment of Jacob's legacy. These are the generations of Jacob, Joseph was seventeen ...


The Beauty of Joseph

The Beauty of Joseph

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In this Torah portion, Joseph interprets the dreams of the Pharaoh, predicting seven years of plenty and seven years of famine, and as result ...


The Struggle of Jacob

The Struggle of Jacob

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While Jacob is preparing for his epic showdown with his estranged brother Esau, he has a bizarre confrontation with someone totally ...


From Family to Nation

From Family to Nation

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Jacob leaves Be'er Sheva laden with his father's blessings, but as he reaches night fall he has no place to sleep. Ironically, all the blessings ...


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