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.


Collateral Damage

One of the most manipulative characters in the Torah is a man named Korach. He was filled with...

Yehoshua

Twelve men are chosen for a mission. The mission will take them to the Promised Land; soon the...

Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 Students

A scholarly, mystical look at the Omer mourning period.

A Head Full of Holiness

MORE PROHIBITIONS In Parshat Naso we are introduced to a new type of individual, a person who is...

The Danger of Holiness

As the Parsha and the new book "B'midbar" ("Numbers") open, Moshe is...

Standing Tall

The Land of Israel is inseparably intertwined with our faith.

The Omer – Bread from Heaven

The significance of eating bread after Passover.

In Search of Holiness

Parshat Kedoshim begins with an invitation that includes the entire congregation in a unique...

Silence

CONSECRATION After1 months of preparation, the Mishkan is consecrated; the excitement was surely...

The Holy Hyssop

DIVINE PHYSIOLOGY After delineating kosher and non kosher animals at the end of last week's...

Of Matzot and Mitzvot

The Parsha begins with a turn of phrase that is unusual in the Torah: "Tzav,"...

Shabbat: Imitating Creation

Understanding why God rested on the seventh day, and what it means for me.

Angelic Speech

God calls to Moshe from the midst of the Mishkan, and God speaks. Rather than, "God spoke to...

Shabbat: Spiritual Rehabilitation

THE FIRST LECTURE Four months after arriving at Sinai, Moshe Gathers the people, and teaches them...

Purim 5769

A Multifaceted Book The Book of Esther has many levels of interpretation. At times we are unsure...

Out of Place

The previous Parsha, Mishpatim, comes to an end as Moshe enters the cloud, ascends the mountain,...

The Rabbi and the Professor

A true story for Israel Remembrance Day.

'Lex Talionis': Law and Ethics

While for many people "Torah" is synonymous with "Law," until the 21st chapter...

"Saying..."

2448 years after creation, after 210 years in Egypt, after 86 years of servitude, after 7 weeks of...

The Eleventh Plague

With1 the ten plagues behind them, the Jews leave Egypt and head to Mount Sinai. In fact, Sinai...

Signs

Examining the plan behind the plagues.

Frogs

God sends a message to Pharoh to release His people. The message is ridiculed and rejected. God...

Born to Lead

Moses transcended his status as an individual.

Salvation

As Yaakov's last days approach,1 feelings of his own mortality become acute. He knows that he will...

Wagons

THE MESSAGE The brothers return from their mission with spectacular, perhaps unbelievable news:...

Of Spies and Thieves

THE TRAP1 After a series of strange negotiations and reversals of fortunes, the brothers of Yosef...

A Tale of Two Megilot

In an apartment in Jerusalem, there reside two Scrolls of Esther that tell a story of exile and escape, hope and failure.

Dancing in the Streets

The mystical roots of Tu B'Av -- one of the most important days of the Jewish year.

Yaakov / Yisrael

YISRAEL1 And Yaakov was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the...

Yaakov's Ladder

YAAKOV'S LADDER1 ESCAPE FROM BE'ERSHEVA 2 The Parsha begins with Yaakov on the run, ordered by...

The Voice (and Hands) of Yaakov

THE VOICE (AND HANDS) OF YAAKOV1 THE VOICE OF ESAV And her days to bear are fulfilled, and lo...

A Living Well

SOMETHING MISSING1 When we look at the beginning of the Parasha we notice that something is...

Elevation

It is frightening: "Some time later God tested Avraham." It is dramatic and haunting:...

The Universal and the Particular

THE UNIVERSAL AND THE PARTICULAR 1 It begins with a word, a command - or perhaps a test: The...

The Raven - Nevermore?

..."Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! Whether...

Clothing of Light

CLOTHING OF LIGHT1 In the aftermath of man's sin in Eden, Adam and Eve find themselves exposed,...

Not Blowing the Shofar: Kabbalat Ol Malchut Shamayim?

On Rosh Hashanah which falls on Shabbat we desist from blowing the Shofar. At first glance this is...

The Ten Comandments: Part II

Last week, we studied the Torah portion dealing with the revelation of the Torah at Sinai, we...

Wisdom of the Tzaddik

In this week's Parsha there is a major breakdown of Ya'akov's family unit. While the more serious...

Goat for Azazel

The ultimate choice of good vs. evil.