Dr. Ariel Picard is a teacher and research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Ariel has a PhD in philosophy from Bar-Ilan University and conducts research in contemporary Jewish law. He is a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion and was ordained as a Rabbi by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He formerly served as the Rabbi of Kibbutz Shluchot. Ariel has published widely on issues of halakha, contemporary Judaism, and Israel. His latest book is In Human Language – Foundations for Jewish and Israeli Renewal (Hebrew; Carmel, 2019). He has also published numerous articles, op-eds, and blog posts concerning these subjects. Ariel is married to Shelli, with whom he has children and grandchildren, and lives in Jerusalem.