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.


The Three Sins

The major message of Parshat V'etchanan is the idea of One God. The exalted prayer, the Sh'ma is...

Vows

Parshat Matot begins with vows and oaths. Although in English a "vow"; and an...

"Manna or Thistles"

In last week's Torah portion, Parshat Korach, the Israelites were in their second year of...

To Climb the Mountain

Of all the sins which the children of Israel perpetrated in the desert, the one with the most far...

Trespass

Parshat Naso begins with a continuation of the themes enumerated in the previous parsha, Bamidbar:...

The Desert

This week we begin a new book, the book of "Numbers," known in Hebrew as Bamidbar...

The Omer

The days between Passover and Shavuot are known as the days of the Omer. These 49 days are counted...

What's Love Got To Do With It?

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

When Pigs Fly

Exploring some of the hidden depths behind the kosher laws.

Shabbat HaGadol

The significance of the Shabbat before Passover.

Vayikra - And He Called

The Book of Leviticus ostensible marks a clear new beginning. A glance at Leviticus reveals a book...

Bringing Down the Shechina

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

My Great-Grandfather's Monument

This week (Shushan Purim) marks the Yahrziet of my great-grandfather, Harav Yair Halevi Chamedes,...

The Heroism of Esther

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

A Question of Race?

This week, following the reading of Parshat Truma, we read a special section of the Torah called...

These Are the Laws

This week's Torah portion begins with the words of God directed to Moses: "These are the...

The Word of God

As the Jews await the revelation at Sinai, they gather at the foot of the mountain, anxiously...

Laws

After the momentous Exodus and the spectacular splitting of the Red Sea the Jews find themselves...

The First Born

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

Pharaoh's Heart

One of the most intriguing elements of the Exodus story is the interplay between God and Pharaoh....

Moses' Stop

The Book of Exodus begins with the children of Israel in Egypt, suffering the pains of enslavement...

Who Are These?

Parshat Vayechi is the last portion in the Book of Genesis. One of the major messages of Genesis...

The Power of an Idea

The tension which has been building up in the text finally reaches its crescendo. Joseph can no...

Joseph as "Yehosef"

Parshat Miketz begins with Joseph languishing in prison in Egypt. He has been forgotten by his...

Clothes Make the Man

The story of Joseph is one of the saddest in the Book of Genesis. The sons of Jacob are remembered...

Reuben

While Parshat Vayetzei told us about Jacob's marriage and fatherhood, Parshat Vayishlach unveils...

Rachel and Leah

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

Esau

Parshat Toldot tells the tale of the two children born to Isaac and Rebecca, Esau and Jacob. The...

The Servant of Abraham

This week's Torah portion deals primarily with two issues: - the death and subsequent burial...

Father and Son

One of the most dramatic episodes in the entire Torah, and certainly in the Book of Genesis, is...

Acts of the Fathers

And the Lord had said to Abram, "Get out from your country, and from your family, and from...

Rashbi and the Rainbow

After the deluge Noah emerges from his craft. The world had been punished by the wrath of God. And...

The First Man

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void;...

The Last Eight Verses

The Torah comes to its completion with the following verses: So Moses the servant of the Lord...

The Song of Moses

This week's Torah portion is one of the last in the Torah. Here Moses takes a different course of...

All For One and One For All

Parshat Nitzavim and Parshat Veyelech are read together this Shabbat. You stand this day all...

Joy

As the Jews are making the final preparations for the imminent conquest, Moses instructs the...

Going to War

When you go forth to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God has delivered them into your...

Justice, Justice

Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you,...

A Blessing and a Curse

'See! I give you today (a choice of) a blessing and a curse. The blessing, when you listen to the...

Reward and Punishment

In this week's Torah portion, one of the most seminal ideas of Judaism is articulated -- the...

The Prayer of Moses

Parshat V'Etchanan contains some of the most important teachings of Judaism. Here we find the Ten...

The Words of Moses

Both ancient and modern readers of the Book of Deuteronomy have discerned a change in style from...

Reuben and Gad

Parshat Matot seems to consist of a number of non-sequiturs. It begins with a discourse on the...