Rav Ari Shvat served for many years as Rosh Midrasha and director of both overseas and Israeli programs at the Michlelet Orot Israel College in Elkana and at Midreshet Harova in Jerusalem. Raised in Riverdale, NY, he took the Hesder program at the Ohr Etzion and Kiryat Arba yeshivot, where he received smicha and served as a sergeant in Tzahal.
Rav Ari is a popular international lecturer, and has published more than 60 halachic and ideological articles in leading Torah journals. He holds a B.A in Tanach from Michlelet Ya'akov Herzog and an M.A in Jewish History and Talmud from lander College in Israel. He enjoys utilizing his music as an educational medium and has produced two albums of original compositions.
Rav Shvat lives in Kochav Hashachar with his wife Tzvia and their seven children