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Forms divide, essence
Rational explanations of deeply
spiritual, mystical topics.
About Ariel Bar Tzadok and the KosherTorah School
Rabbi Ariel proudly welcomes to
the KosherTorah School
all peoples, of all backgrounds,
* KosherTorah is not just about
For thirty years, Rabbi Tzadok has been a world renown expert of the authentic, Biblical "Secrets of the Torah" teachings, that many today simply call "Kabbalah."
Unlike many of his peers, Rabbi Tzadok endeavors to teach the mystical traditions as they are understood by the "insiders" themselves, as opposed to the "outsiders" who view mystical lore in superficial simplicity.
Rabbi Tzadok teaches the sulam aliyah (ladder of ascent) school of Kabblah, which consists of the Biblical teachings of the works of Ezekiel's chariot (ma'aseh merkava), and the prophetic meditative techniques passed down through the centuries.
The purpose of these teachings is to cultivate actual, authentic, and personal spiritual experiences, the likes of which are psychological, and transformational. The purpose of spirituality is to explore one's inner self, and to discover, and unleash one's inner, latent potentials. To this task is the KosherTorah School dedicated.
While knowledgeable of the theoretical/philosophical schools taught by others, R. Tzadok places special emphasis on teaching the "other schools" which most today are unaware of, or not qualified to teach. These specifically are the prophetic/meditative and so-called "magical" schools. R. Tzadok teaches others HOW-TO practice these ancient methods for each individual to acquire their own unique spiritual experiences.
The KosherTorah School focuses on teaching Biblical, and later mystical literature in a rational way to enable the student to extract their universal teachings from their numerous layers of myth and metaphor. The school proudly serves the educational needs of a global audience, and welcomes students from all walks of life.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Ariel Bar Tzadok traveled abroad to Israel in 1979. While there, he studied in some of the finest Sephardic yeshivot in Jerusalem, including Porat Yosef (Old City).
While studying in Kollel Hekhal Pinhas in Jerusalem, R Ariel was blessed to become the private student of the renowned kabbalist, Rebbe Meir Levi, obm, the foremost student of the leading kabbalist of Jerusalem, Rabbi Mordechai Sharabi obm.
In June 1983, Rabbi Ariel received his Rabbinic ordination (Haredi/Orthodox) from Rabbi Ya'akov Peretz, Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) of Kollel Hekhal Pinhas, and Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) of Beit Midrash Sephardi in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Upon returning to the United States, R Ariel augmented his religious education with studies in Jungian psychology at the Jungian Center in New York. Rabbi Ariel also expanded his education to include the other religions of the world, esoteric studies and practices, philosophies and psychological systems. R Ariel also explored the teachings of many occult systems and cults.
After developing a working understanding of the realistic parameters of human consciousness, and how it touches both seen and unseen worlds, R Ariel began his career in Rabbinic/Life Coach pastoral counseling.
R Ariel is also a life long practitioner of Chinese martial arts. R. Ariel also places emphasis on the importance of weight lifting (traditional gym work), and weight/diet management. Following in the philosophy of the great Sage, and physician, Maimonides, R Ariel believes that it is a foundation of all religious and spiritual life to have a healthy body, to house a healthy mind and soul, in order to properly serve Heaven.
After teaching privately for many years, R Ariel officially established Yeshivat Benei Nviim in 1992 to address the growing concerns of spiritual misguidance and misinformation that is pervasive in the Jewish community at large. Following in the footsteps of the great Sephardic Sages of the previous century, R Ariel began to use the teachings of Kabbalah, as a means to draw questioning souls back to a Torah way of life.
Authentic Kabbalah is not a path of mystical philosophy, superstitious nonsense, or semi-occultic beliefs. Authentic "Biblical" Kabbalah is simply the teachings of the Biblical prophets. Their message has always been to draw souls back to a natural and simple way of life, as God has meant life to be. The Biblical Prophets taught a meditative system which enables the practitioners to recognize and see the spiritual realities underlying everything in our physical world. It is this instruction that R Ariel places in all that he teaches.
R Ariel speaks out publicly to set the record straight by providing accurate and correct information about what is authentic, and what is not, authentic Kabbalah, and Biblical spiritual practices. R Ariel holds to the policy to critique ideas, beliefs and practices only, while never mentioning individuals or groups by name.
This is why our School is named "KosherTorah," to serve as a source for practical and realistic Biblical teachings, that strip away the hype and cultish garments of so much today that passes itself off as authentic Biblical/Torah Judaism.
Over the many years, while staying faithful and true to his Orthodox Torah origins, R Ariel has expanded the KosherTorah School to meet the needs of an ever widening audience.
It is the KosherTorah
R Ariel firmly holds by the motto, "united we
stand, divided we fall."
R Ariel also does not shy away from commenting on relevant issues of social, political and spiritual importance that he believes are appropriate and necessary for Rabbis to address.
One of R Ariel's areas of expertise is in the study of Eschatology (End Times) Studies. He has written prolifically on this topic, incorporating classical apocalyptic material, with psychological insights. He has also written a commentary to the Biblical Book of Daniel. R. Ariel makes it very clear that the long-awaited "coming of the Messiah" should not be expected any time soon, and that people should rather focus on practical, realistic ways to solve our problems, instead of longing for some supernatural intervention.
R Ariel is also the author of Walking in the Fire, a large compendium of Prophetic Torah meditative practices, including translations of ancient materials not available elsewhere in English.
R Ariel is also a novelist. He is the author of The Book of the Angel Ariel, an Imaginative Spiritual Diary.
Over the years, R Ariel has been featured in numerous newspaper articles, radio talk shows and television interviews. He has spoken for university groups and lectures around the country.
He was also a guest
He presently hosts on-line classes and an open forum, internet radio style program for all registered students on the KosherTorah School student body. Rabbi Ariel's videos can be found on The KosherTorah School YouTube Channel.
In 2011, R Ariel fulfilled his life-long dream to move out of the congested urban areas and relocated to the Great Smoky Mountains in rural Eastern Tennessee. Following in the footsteps of the ancients, he chose to be close to nature in order to draw closer to God.
In 2018, with mixed emotions, R. Ariel left his Tennessee mountain retreat, and moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania. In this way, he is better able to connect with his many students, and to expand the services offered by the KosherTorah School. The rabbi teaches that although we must always provide for our own needs, we must always remember to best provide for the needs of others, however much we are able.
In Honor and Memory of my Teachers
his memory be a blessing for us all.
The Works of Ariel Bar Tzadok