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Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky

RABBI DR. ARI ZIVOTOFSKY teaches in the Bar Ilan University Brain Science program and has worked for more than 30 years collecting Jewish traditions and mesorot from far-flung Jewish communities around the globe.


Together with others, including Dr. Ari Greenspan and Rabbi Natan Slifkin, Dr. Zivotofsky has organized the highly successful kosher meals of exotic animals, as a means of passing along disappearing kosher food traditions. They have guided many tours to remote areas.


He has researched and visited many different Jewish groups with Dr. Ari Greenspan and they are experts on the history and unique historic halachic literature and have visited over 40 countries on 5 continents with the sole aim of studying Jewish communities. They are charismatic, hard working and fun. 


Ari Zivotofsky was born in NYC and grew up on Long Island. He studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion, aka The Gush for 2 years, where at the beginning of the second year he met Ari Greenspan over a kaporos chicken.  Together they learned shechita and received kabbalah, the license to be a shochet.


He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union, an MA in math from Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY), an MEE in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT; Newark, NJ), and an MA in Jewish history from Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University (NY, NY). He holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU; Cleveland, OH).


He did a four year post-doc at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH; Bethesda, MD)


He made aliyah with his wife and children in 2000 and currently lives in Beit Shemesh. Since making aliyah, he has been teaching in the Bar Ilan University Brain Science program. He has over 50 scientific peer-reviewed papers.


Dr. Zivotofsky's work has been widely published in such journals as Tradition, Judaism, Jewish Observer, Le’eyla, Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Jewish Action, Tchumin, ha’Ma’ayan, BDD, Mishpacha, and numerous weekly Jewish papers, including a regular column in Jewish Action.