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.


Joseph From the Kabbalistic Perspective

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

The Beauty of Joseph

In this Torah portion, Joseph interprets the dreams of the Pharaoh, predicting seven years of...

The Struggle of Jacob

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

From Family to Nation

Jacob leaves Be'er Sheva laden with his father's blessings, but as he reaches night fall he has no...

Seeing the Future

In this Torah portion, we confront two brothers, Jacob and Esau. Being that we are descendants of...

The First Matriarch

A deeper look at the life of Sarah.

Abraham's Discovery

And God said to Abram: 'Go out from your country, from your birthplace, from the home of your...

A Righteous Tzaddik

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a good and just man. He was a pure man in his...

The First Argument

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. [Genesis 1:1] The Torah begins with a...

Dancing in the Streets

On the 15th of Av, a holiday of unclear significance is commemorated – Tu b'Av. Let's us see...

The Architect

In his introduction to The Book of Exodus, Nachmanides calls it the "Book of Redemption."...

The Mystery of the Sacrifices

One of the main topics of this week's Torah portion is the idea of korban, "sacrificial...

A Prayer Is Answered

A special wedding in Jerusalem, arranged with heavenly assistance.

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