Ari grew up in a Reform Jewish home. An early experience formed his view of what it meant to be Jewish, and it stunted any thoughts of God. His understanding of Christianity and the New Testament was limited. When his friend accepted Jesus as the Messiah, the drastic changes in his friend’s life ignited a desire to find out more about Jesus.
As he began to read the New Testament, he realized it was a Jewish book, written by Jews. The more he compared the claims of Jesus with the Hebrew Scriptures, the more he was convinced that Jesus is the answer to all Jewish Messianic expectations.