New From OU Press: Echoes of Eden-Shmot (Exodus)

04 Jan 2013


The Jewish world greeted Rabbi Ari D. Kahn’s Echoes of Eden on Bereshit (Genesis) with enthusiasm last year. As anyone who used the book can attest, it opened up new, never-before-seen dimensions of insight into the Biblical text. Readers were sad to reach the end of Bereshit, and their association with the book.

Now, in time for the beginning of the reading of the Book of Shmot (Exodus), OU Press | Jewish Educational Publications (the publishing house of the Orthodox Union) and Gefen Publishing announce the publication of Echoes of Eden — Shmot: Insights into the Weekly Torah Portion, the second volume in the critically acclaimed, popularly received series.

As he does in the first volume, Rabbi Kahn presents a series of strikingly original interpretive essays on the weekly parsha, noteworthy for their novel approach. 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 kabbalah and chassidism with a highly intellectual and broad-minded approach to Torah study, as he applies psychology, literature and Jewish history to the understanding of estoreric midrashim and the Zohar. Rabbi Kahn takes the reader on an exhilarating journey as his book sheds new light on some of the most difficult narratives of the Biblical text.

A renowned lecturer and author, Rabbi Ari Kahn, a graduate of Yeshiva University, received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he studied with Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik. 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 also a senior educator at MATAN. Rabbi Kahn is Vice President of Migdal Ohr Institutions in Israel where he works closely with Rav Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, Founder and Dean of Migdal Ohr.

Echoes of Eden — Shmot is the latest publication from the OU Press. The OU Press publishes books that breathe new life and relevance into the classic texts we study and the rituals we practice every day. Echoes of Eden follows in the footsteps of other high-quality OU Press publications on the weekly Torah reading, including Darosh Darash Yosef by Rabbi Avishai David and Unlocking the Torah Text by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, that explicate the Torah text. Upcoming publications include Vision of the Prophets, featuring the insights of Rabbi Hayyim Angel on the Prophets and Writings.

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