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.


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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...

Perfidy

While the story of the rebellion of Korach is well known, the very idea of a rebellion against...

Of Spies and Men

The main episode which takes place in Parshat Shelach is the story of the men sent by Moshe to...

Moshe, Miriam and Prophecy

At the end of Parshat B'ha'alotcha a short episode is recounted, an episode that seems a private...

A Divine Encampment

The Book of Bamidbar, and the parsha which gives it its name, begins with a census. Apparently,...

Coming Home

In the penultimate parsha of the Book of Vayikra the text returns us to the locale where the Torah...

The Story Behind the Story

Parshat Emor primarily teaches law:(1) Laws concerning the Kohanim, and laws regarding the various...

Focused Passion

One of the most horrific pagan rituals practiced in the ancient world, known as Molech, is...

Turning Pain Into Pleasure

The astonishing power of speech.

In Front of God

On the eighth day, all was prepared; the Mishkan was completed and ready for service. It was meant...

No Hesitation

With the Mishkan completed and the laws of the offerings taught, the final step toward making the...

"VAYIKRa" - Making Space for Holiness

A STRANGE BEGINNING Vayikra is a new book, ostensibly marking a clear new beginning. A glance at...

A Prayer of Moshe

As the finishing touches are put on the Mishkan, Moshe sees that all God's instructions have been...

"And Out Came This Calf ..."

Despite the popular adage, the sin of the Golden Calf was no orphan: like other tragedies and...

Royal Clothing

While last week's parsha addressed the materials needed to construct the Mishkan and its utensils,...

As Seen On the Mountain

In the beginning of this week's Parsha, the nation is instructed to build a "house for...

Soul Matters

As the Parsha begins, the awe of Sinai can still be felt; the words, the sights and the sounds are...

Reliving Revelation

The goal of the Exodus never was merely geographical relocation, the physical removal of the...

"Chok and Mishpat" - From Logic to Metalogic

After(1) the momentous Exodus and the spectacular splitting of the Sea, the Jews find themselves...

Around Midnight

The final plague of the first-born achieves the desired goal.

The Fifth Cup

Moshe's initial attempt to liberate the people seemed to have had the opposite result: instead of...

Collecting Straw

What was once only a dream, a vague hope based on a tradition passed from parent to child, had now...

Father and Son

The narrative of this week's parsha seems to pose a problem when considered in light of a halacha...

Plan Interrupted

Ever since the sale of Yosef, the tension has been building. As the preceding chapters detail...

In Your Dreams

The First Two Dreams Pharaoh has a dream. He is frightened and agitated, yet not one of his...

For a Pair of Shoes

After the brother sell Joseph, they use the money to purchase shoes.

Give Truth to Yaakov

SEEING ANGELS As the parsha opens, Yaakov is once again on the move. This time he is returning...

The Place - Hamakom

Yaakov takes leave of his parents and begins his journey. As the sun sets he settles for the night...

Echoes of Eden

At the end of Parshat Chayei Sarah, Avraham's faithful servant completes his mission: He declines...

Death of a King

ADVANCED YEARS This week's parsha describes Avraham in his advanced years; he is old, but...

The Purpose of the Akeida

AVRAHAM'S VIEW OF DEATH And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Avraham, and...