Born and raised on Long Island, Ariel Bar Tzadok studied abroad in Israel for a number of years. He studied in Jerusalem at the premier Sephardic institute, Yeshivat Porat Yosef, and later in Kollel Hekhal Pinhas. While studying for his Rabbinic ordination, he was blessed to become the private student of the renowned Kabbalist, Rabbi Meir Levi, obm, the foremost student of the leading Kabbalist of Jerusalem, Rabbi Mordechai Sharabi obm.
Rabbi Ariel augmented his religious education with studies in the other religions of the world, esoteric studies and practices, philosophies and psychological systems, particularly studying Jungian psychology at the Jungian Center in New York. After teaching privately for many years, Rabbi Ariel officially established Yeshivat Benei N'vi im in 1992. Since then, while staying faithful to his Orthodox Torah origins, Rabbi Ariel has expanded the KosherTorah School to meet the needs of an ever-widening audience.