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Research Fellow

Dr. Ariel Picard is a Research Fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute. He previously served as the Director of the Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought and the Educational Director of the Institute’s Be’eri program.

Ariel has a PhD in philosophy from Bar-Ilan University and conducts research in contemporary Jewish law. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and formerly served as the rabbi of Kibbutz Shluchot.

Ariel has published widely on issues of halakha, contemporary Judaism, and Israel. His books include: In Human Language – Foundations for Jewish and Israeli Renewal (Hebrew; Carmel, 2019); Seeing the Voices: Tradition, Creativity and the Freedom of Interpretation (Hebrew; Yediot Sefarim, 2016); Halakhah in a New World: Rabbinic Discourse in Modern Society (Hebrew; Keter and Shalom Hartman Institute, 2012), and The Philosophy of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in an Age of Transition: Study of Halakhah and Cultural Criticism (Hebrew; Bar Ilan University Press, 2007). He has also published numerous articles, op-eds, and blog posts concerning these subjects.

Ariel Picard


Mar 4, 2019

Annual Hartman Conference will explore what creates the tension between “Jewish” and “democratic.”

Jul 1, 2018

This action, however symbolic, is a symbol that neither Israeli Arabs nor the Diaspora need or want to hear

Feb 15, 2016

Forget the textbook on citizenship; bring students to the Western Wall. There they will realize what kind of world they are living in, and ask them this one question: After all of this, is it still possible to pray in this place?

Jul 11, 2013

Traditional Jewish education is frozen because of a fear of its strict atmosphere and lack of creativity

Oct 4, 2011

The teachers of those who set fire to mosques and uproot olive trees are desecrators of God and blasphemers against the Torah

Feb 18, 2010

The dramatic changes in the character of Jewish existence in the modern era have reshaped the spheres of Jewish identity and have made it necessary to create conversion mechanisms that are appropriate to the new possibilities

May 18, 2009

Tichon Hadash Tel Aviv, a high school in the Israeli secular school system participating in the Be’eri program of Jewish education enrichment, has won an award for Jewish education from Tel Aviv University

Feb 15, 2009

New environmental-Jewish party did not win enough votes for Knesset representation but is encouraged for the future

Nov 11, 2008

Some Israelis are starting to take a lot from old Jewish culture and renewing it

Aug 14, 2008

Israel needs an education system that will create knowledgeable people who know Judaism is a source of values and ideas. It is not enough to have it in the air

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics