Ariel Picard is a graduate of the Har Etzion Yeshiva, where he studied for nine years before being ordained by the Chief Rabbis of Israel. He also completed studies at the Teachers Seminary at the Herzog College, received a B.A. in Talmud and an M.A. in Commentary and Culture from Bar-Ilan University and in 2004 a doctoral degree for a thesis on “The Rabbinical Decisions of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef in the Light of Changing Times.” For seven years he served as communal rabbi at Kibbutz Shluhot in the Beit She’an Valley and as a rabbi at the Ma’aleh Gilboa Yeshivah. Now living in Jerusalem, he teaches at the Hartman Institute and at the Ya’akov Herzog Center at Kibbutz Ein Zurim.