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.


Divine Abundance

This week's Torah portion describes the continuation of the counting of the tribes with emphasis...

The Nation of Israel

This week, we begin a new book, the Book of Bamidbar; it begins: And God spoke to Moshe in the...

The Great Rebuke

The "style" of this week's Torah portion -- which marks the end of the Book of Leviticus...

A Time to Trust

And God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying: 'Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them,...

Holiness

And God spoke to Moshe saying: 'Speak to the entire Community of Israel, and say to them "You...

The Quality of Innocence

This week's Torah portion begins with instructions given to Moses, which effect his brother Aaron,...

The Dangers of Ecstasy

In this week's Torah portion, we find the instructions given to Aaron regarding the service for...

The Sanctity of Speech

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

Life and Death

And God spoke to Moses saying: 'Speak to the children of Israel to say to them that when a woman...

The Sons of Aaron: Sinners or Saints?

This week's Torah portion begins with the 8th day of celebration of the consecration of the...

Thoughts of Sin

This week's Torah portion opens with a description of a sacrificial offering called olah, which is...

The Idea of Rosh Hashana

It is common knowledge that Rosh Hashana marks the Jewish New Year. The Mishna in Rosh Hashana...

Sukkot: The Universal Holiday

On Sukkot, our physical and spiritual lives coexist.

Elkana and Chana

Elkana and Chanah (1) On the first day of Rosh Hashanah we read the Torah(2) section describing...

Rabbi Eleazar ben Dordaya: A Story of Teshuva

One of the cornerstones of Judaism is the possibility of Teshuva - return. Man is endowed with a...

Holiday of Giving the Torah

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

The Twenty Eighth of Iyar

This week's essay is dedicated to the 28th day of Iyyar the date of the liberation of Jerusalem....

The Inner Sanctum

"God spoke to Moshe after the death of Aharon's two sons, when they approached before God and...

Man's Duality

God spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak to the People of Israel, saying, If a woman conceives, and bears...

Aharon's Silence

In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of the two sons of Aharon the torah recounts how Moshe...

The Holy Habitation

When the Jews finally take leave of Egypt they rush out quickly; so quickly that the bread doesn't...

Fathers and Sons

The book of Shmot begins with a word that links it to the Book of Bereishit: And these are the...

Conclusions

As we approach the conclusion of Bereishit an episode that we believed was resolved,...

Catch the Bull By the Horn

CHANUKAH 5768 While the story of Chanuka is well known, Rabbinic sources relating to these events...

Comings and Goings

Sarah's lifetime was one hundred years, twenty years, and seven years; the years of Sarah's life....

The Matzah of Lot

Lot, the nephew of Avraham, is a strange and tragic figure. His uncle was the greatest man of the...

Four Against Five

In this week's portion a new character takes center-stage. His name is Avram. He is told to leave...

Nimrod

An examination of the prototypical evil ruler.

Be Strong

With the Parshat Zot Ha'bracha, the Torah reaches its conclusion. While the vast majority of this...

The Straight and Just Path

Parshat Ha'azinu stands out from other sections of the Torah due to its form. Parshat Ha'azinu is...

The Idea of Rosh Hashana

It is common knowledge that Rosh Hashana marks the Jewish New Year. The Mishna in Rosh Hashana...

Return

The Parsha Nitzavim is always read in close proximity to Rosh Hashana and the "Days of...

Reishit: Beginning

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

To Be As One

While Parshat Ki Tetzei is made up of numerous apparently disconnected topics, there is a subtext...

From Left to Right

Parshat Shoftim deals with the new social reality that will emerge upon entering and conquering...

The Light of the Moon

Toward the end of Parshat Pinchas we are told about the various offerings which will be brought in...

The Evil Eye

As the children of Israel are encamped in the plains of Moav, danger looms from outside the...

The Seventh Day

As the name of this Torah portion would indicate, the people gather around Moses to begin learning...

The Golden Calf

On the limits of human knowledge.

The Tragedy of Lessons Not Learned

As the Children of Israel begin their journey from Egypt, they must surely feel on top of the...

Where is Moses?

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

The Light of the Messiah

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

The Binding

This Torah portion contains God's tenth and last trial of Abraham: the binding of Isaac. Abraham...

Innocence Lost and Found

This week's parsha represents somewhat of a departure from the previous sections of the Torah....

The Ten Commandments: Part I

In this week's Torah, the greatest moment in the history of the world transpires -- the Revelation...

Time for Freedom

And God spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying: 'This month is the first of the...

And His Name Will Be One

And the Lord (Elo-him) spoke to Moses and said to him 'I am God (Y/H/V/H). I revealed Myself to...

Moses: The Emergence of a Leader

How did Moses go from lowly shepherd to vanquisher of the Egyptian empire?

The Death of Jacob

It’s the end of an era.

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