Yehuda Cahn

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Born
Rabbi Yehuda Cahn

1955 (age 65–66)
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Education
  • J.D. degree
  • Master’s Degree in Talmudic Law
Alma mater
  • Columbia University
  • Tifereth Bochurim Rabbinical College
  • University of Maryland School of Law
OccupationLawyer
Spouse(s)Geoula Jacqueline Cahn
Children8

Rabbi Yehuda Cahn was born in 1955 and married Geoula Jacqueline Cahn (formerly Elalouf) in 1984. They have eight children and one grandson.

Professional background

Yehuda Cahn received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1977. He then briefly attended Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem and Tifereth Bochurim Rabbinical College in Morristown, New Jersey. A lifelong resident of Baltimore, Maryland, he subsequently attended Ner Israel Rabbinical College where he earned a Master’s Degree in Talmudic Law in 1982. Afterwards, Rabbi Cahn earned a J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1985, passed the bar that year, and currently works as an attorney. In 2007, Rabbi Cahn received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Moshe Heinemann.[1]

Selected bibliography

Scholarly Works for the General Public

In 1999 and 2001, Rabbi Cahn published two volumes entitled Torah from Jerusalem[2] which consist of English translations of Aggadic material from the Jerusalem Talmud. Although they include scholarly footnotes and the original Aramaic text, the books are intended as popular translations which people without a background in Talmud can easily understand. A commentary following each section raises questions, usually by noting an apparent contradiction in the text or a contradiction between an idea expressed in the passage with another Talmudic passage. Rabbi Cahn then offers a solution to each question. In 2008, Rabbi Cahn teamed up with Ohr Nissan Talmud Center, a group of full-time married Torah scholars of primarily Sephardic origin led by Rabbi Reuben Khaver at Yeshivath Ner Israel to publish several important works. Among the first of these was The Power of Speech: Chassidic Insights into Lashon Hara. This highly popular and [3]widely read work[3] starts by discussing the harmful role gossip (Lashon Hara) has played in Jewish history, moves on to discuss insights into this problem, and concludes by offering possible remedies. At the end, the author adds a story section with three short stories intended to highlight the dangers of engaging in gossip. In 2010, Ohr Nissan Talmud Center published Rabbi Cahn’s Passover Haggadah (Tov Lehodoth Haggadah[4]), one of the most frequently published Jewish texts. A unique aspect of Rabbi Cahn’s Haggadah is the addition of a set of questions on the text which he answers using original short stories. In 2016, again under the auspices of Ohr Nissan Talmud

Center, Rabbi Cahn produced Understanding Emunah[5] (faith), possibly his most important work. This philosophical treatise deals with a broad range of topics, including free will, God’s infinite nature, how faith maintains the connection between the physical universe and the spiritual realm, the Jewish view of Mazal (predestination), the Leviathan, the angel Metatron, the River of Fire, the Manna, and Lillith. One of the author’s declared purposes is to show that what superficial readers may view as folktales actually represent profound philosophical concepts.

Juvenile Works for Middle-School Readers

An Ancient Tale of Rags and Riches, published in 1991 by CIS Publishers, is set in Talmudic times and tells the story of a teenage boy who is captured by bandits and held for ransom. Wake up to the New Year[6], published in 2002 by Israel Bookshop, contains stories and insights about the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur which may be enjoyed older readers as well. The Runaway[7], published in 2020 by Menucha Publishers, is set in the 1920’s and tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who mysteriously appears in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and will not tell anyone where he is from or why he is there.

For elementary school readers

Our Real Job is Learning Torah is a fully illustrated story about a boy who goes fishing with his grandfather. It’s the Effort that Counts is a set of fully illustrated short stories about the importance of studying Torah even when one does not see immediate positive results.

References

  1. Cahn, Yehuda (12 September 2016). Understanding Emunah - Yehuda Cahn - Google Books. Google Books. ISBN 9780970775795.
  2. Torah from Jerusalem : an anthology of aggadoth from the Jerusalem Talmud. Cahn, Yehuda. Baltimore, Maryland: Yehuda Cahn Torah Publication Fund. 2001-11-12. ISBN 0-9707757-1-7. OCLC 47961943.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "SAY TO HASHEM PLEASE HASHEM, LET THIS BE THE LAST TISHE B'AV'".
  4. Hagadah Ṭov le-hodot = The Tov lehodoth Haggadah. Cahn, Yehuda. Baltimore, MD. 2010. ISBN 978-0-9707757-8-8. OCLC 867715165.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. Cahn, Yehuda (12 September 2016). Understanding emunah. Baltimore, MD. ISBN 978-0-9707757-9-5. OCLC 961271126.
  6. Cahn, Yehuda. (2002). Wake up to the new year : stories and insights about the yamim noraim. Lakewood, N.J.: Israel Book Shop. ISBN 0-9707757-6-8. OCLC 51542496.
  7. Cahn, Yehuda (2020). The Runaway. Menucha Publishers. ISBN 9781614655251.

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