Ari Z. Zivotofsky

Ari Z. Zivotofsky

Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky is a professor of neuroscience at Bar Ilan University in Israel. Originally from NY, he has lived in Israel for close to 20 years. He learned in Yeshivat Har Etzion, has degrees in engineering and Jewish History, and is trained as a shochet. He researches and writes widely about halacha, history, Jewish customs and communities.

Together with his long-time chavrusa and friend, Dr. Ari Greenspan, he researches interesting kashrus issues and they originated the idea of and organized five “halachic mesorah seudahs”. They engage in “halachic adventuring”, which includes visiting old and small Jewish communities, matzah baking, and seeking out mesorahs. Many articles about these adventures have appeared in the pages of Mishpacha magazine.

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On Site
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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On Site
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Cyprus's historical Jewish havens of refuge are in closed military zones following a civil war — but that wouldn’t stop us, would it?
Feature Article
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
A gift of healing for the traumatized Yazidis
Mesorah Quest
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Ari and Ari visit the last Jews of southern Turkey
Feature Article
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Kosher foie gras in making a comeback
Mesorah Quest
Monday, December 17, 2018
The annual Sigd festival is the major Yom Tov when the Ethiopian Jewish community reaffirms their commitment to Hashem and express their longing for Mashiach
Communities
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Beyond Hawaii’s sunny beaches and tropical breezes, we examined the halachah of Hawaiian pineapple roots — but what about Jewish roots in this Pacific paradise?
Mesorah Quest
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
After davening Shacharis in Manila’s daily minyan and meeting the rabbi of this tiny community together, we unsealed a Southeast Asian treasure
Mesorah Quest
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
While planning our itinerary to the jungles of Papua New Guinea to meet tribesmen who claimed a Jewish link, we learned that right across the border in Indonesia, there were also ...
Mesorah Quest
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
In Papua New Guinea, a land where hunters live by their arrows, and children wield machetes, there are tribesmen who be ...
Mesorah Quest
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
While Salonika served as a haven for centuries, it couldn’t save itself from the Nazi onslaught. Could this ancient city ...
Mesorah Quest
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Prague might be the Jewish tourist capital of the Czech Republic, but there’s another narrative buried in the rural town ...