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.

News In Depth
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Mesorah Quest
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Israel Denied,We had heard a lot about the Pashtun tribe, and how some of their customs point to ancient Israelite ...
Magazine Feature
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
From archaeological excavations to giraffe innards, from soft matzah to gourmet grasshoppers — how did the American-born dentist and professor get the world-renowned Yemenite sage ...
Mesorah Quest
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Jews in Alsace once accounted for more than half the French Jewish population. But emancipation, urbanization, and ultimately World War II nearly emptied the area of its Jews. Tod ...
On Topic
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Locusts? Quail? Pheasant? Water buffalo? Of the hundreds of species of kosher animals Noach herded into the Ark, how many ...