Founding Rabbi of Hashgacha Pratit, alternative Orthodox Kosher supervisory agency. Jerusalem City Council Member. Inspirational teacher, Feminist, Storyteller and Troublemaker.
Rabbi Aaron is the founder of 'Hashgacha Pratit', an alternative community based Kosher food supervision challenging the monopoly of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. His smicha is from Rabbis Shlomo Riskin and Chaim Brovender. He is an Orthodox City Council member who believes in an inclusive and pluralistic city. He is also a master teacher, a gifted storyteller, and a serial social troublemaker.
Our community was immediately struck by R. Leibowitz's personal warmth and spirited presence. His multiple classes and lectures throughout shabbat were engaging, well-researched and thought-out. They were also all delivered with passion. Our community was moved by his refreshing outlook on the modern state of Israel and the rich spiritual opportunities Zionism affords Jews in the 21st Cent.— Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, Rabbi, Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley, Ca