22 03, 2017

Story of the Temple Mount – Part 1

By |March 22nd, 2017|Root Source Tours|1 Comment

Ken Spiro begins a 5-part series on the Temple Mount from the roof of Aish HaTorah which overlooks the Temple Mount.

These series shows Ken as not only historian but part tour-guide as he shows us the sights just as if he was giving you a personal tour. In part 1 he talks about the […]

21 03, 2017

RS Tours: Herodium – Part 4 – Amphitheater and Herod’s Tomb

By |March 21st, 2017|Root Source Tours|0 Comments

Root Source Tours takes you to the Herodium amphitheater and to see the entrance to Herod’s Tomb, the lower palace, catapult balls and final views of the site. Part 4 of 4.

21 03, 2017

RS Tours: Herodium – Part 3 – Mountain Tunnels of Herod the Great

By |March 21st, 2017|Root Source Tours|0 Comments

Root Source Tours takes you into the labyrinth of tunnels in Herodium, the mountain palace and final resting place of Herod the Great. Part 3 of 4.

20 03, 2017

The Aliyah Return Center

By |March 20th, 2017|In The News|1 Comment

 We are happy to share a story written by our very own Root Source teacher Dr. Rivka Adler about “The Aliyah Return Center.”

16 03, 2017

Root Source Tours: Herodium Part 2 – Mountain Palace of Herod the Great

By |March 16th, 2017|Root Source Tours|0 Comments

Root Source Tours takes you to the rim of Herodium, the mountain palace of Herod the Great.

In part 2 we look inside the mountain palace as well as at the various sites and cities in the area viewed from this tall mountain in Judea. Part 2 of 4.

14 03, 2017

Root Source Tours – Herodium – Part 1 – Going Up, Looking Down

By |March 14th, 2017|Root Source Tours|0 Comments

Root Source Tours takes you to the mountain palace and ultimately the burial place of Herod the Great.

He spared no expense in this monument, building himself a palace at the foot of the mountain as well as on the top. Part 1 of 4.

13 03, 2017

Why is Israel at the Center of World Conflict?

By |March 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why is Israel always embroiled in world conflict? Why is Jerusalem the focus of so much angst? Why is the Temple Mount at the center of rage?

A Root Source co-founder presents the video he wishes he had seen, when he first began studying Israel.

Learn more about the Orthodox Jewish and Evangelical Christian co-founders of Root Source […]

13 03, 2017

Gidon Ariel on A Hebrew In The Homeland

By |March 13th, 2017|In The News|0 Comments

From time to time, Gidon or Bob are invited to share their thoughts on a radio program.

Last week, Gidon appeared on our own teacher David Ha’ivri’s new show on Israel News Talk Radio, “A Hebrew In The Heartland”. He spoke about his take on the articles in Haaretz in regard to the growth of […]

10 03, 2017

Interview: Eliyahu Berkowitz – Part 5 – Hope Merchant Postscript

By |March 10th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|0 Comments

Spoiler alert!   Gives away the ending!

Root Source Interviews continues to profile author and writer Eliyahu Berkowitz who now talks about his first fiction book, The Hope Merchant. Bob asks him a few questions about how he chose to end the book and why.

10 03, 2017

Interview: Eliyahu Berkowitz – Part 4 – The Jewish Soul

By |March 10th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|0 Comments

Root Source Interviews continues to profile author and writer Eliyahu Berkowitz who now talks about his first fiction book, The Hope Merchant.

Eliyahu answers the question about Messiah, and talks about the Jewish soul in his writing. Part 4 of 4.

His book. The Hope Merchant, A free wish with every purchase, under the author name […]

10 03, 2017

Interview: Eliyahu Berkowitz – Part 3 – The Hope Merchant

By |March 10th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|1 Comment

Root Source Interviews continues to profile author and writer Eliyahu Berkowitz who now talks about his first fiction book, The Hope Merchant.

Bob asks him a question about the main character, and where the idea originated. Part 3 of 4.

10 03, 2017

Interview: Eliyahu Berkowitz – Part 2 – Running from my Jewish Identity

By |March 10th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|2 Comments

Root Source Interviews continues to profile author and writer Eliyahu Berkowitz who now tells his personal story of deciding to run away from his own Jewish identity, and what brought him back from destruction.

He also shares his experience of coming to the Western Wall for the first time ever. Part 2 of 4.

7 03, 2017

Tzav – April 8 – 12 Nisan

By |March 7th, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Tzav Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36, God instructs Moses to command Aaron and his sons regarding their duties and rights as kohanim (“priests”) who offer the korbanot (animal and meal offerings) in the Sanctuary.

The fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times. In it are burned […]

7 03, 2017

Root Source Interview: Eliyahu Berkowitz – Part 1 – Writing about Redemption

By |March 7th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|10 Comments

In this exclusive Root Source Interview, you will meet a man you have probably spent hours with, but never knew it! Eliyahu Berkowitz is a prolific writer for Breaking Israel News, having published over 800 articles on the subject of Redemption.

Eliyahu warms up to the camera in Part 1 of 4.

2 03, 2017

Vayakhel-Pekudei – March 25 – 27 adar

By |March 2nd, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayakhel-Pekudei Exodus 35:1–40:38, Moses assembles the people of Israel and reiterates to them the commandment to observe the Shabbat. He then conveys G‑d’s instructions regarding the making of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The people donate the required materials in abundance, bringing gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed […]

2 03, 2017

Vayikra – April 1 – 5 Nisan

By |March 2nd, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

 

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayikra Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26, G‑d calls to Moses from the Tent of Meeting, and communicates to him the laws of the korbanot, the animal and meal offerings brought in the Sanctuary.

These include:

• The “ascending offering” (olah) that is wholly raised to G‑d by the fire atop the […]

1 03, 2017

Interview: Rivkah Adler – On Jewish Redemption

By |March 1st, 2017|Root Source Interviews|1 Comment

Root Source interviews presents part of a longer, deep conversation to help Christians understand the Jewish view of Redemption.

As she explains to Bob O’Dell, who is hearing this for the first time, the Hebrew word guela or geullah, embodies at once the idea of restoration to God’s original intent, the end-of-days, and the coming […]

27 02, 2017

Root Source Tours: Giant Footprints in Israel – Part 3

By |February 27th, 2017|Root Source Tours|0 Comments

Root Source Tours takes you up in the air to see the mysterious, giant Footprints near the Jordan River in Israel, and looks across the Jordan River valley to see the mountains of Moab.

Part 3 of 3. Hosted by tour guide Aaron Lipkin.

Get his full DVD at http://root-source.com/hidden-israel-dvds/

27 02, 2017

Root Source Tours: Giant Footprints in Israel – Part 2

By |February 27th, 2017|Root Source Tours|4 Comments

Root Source Tours takes you up in the air to see the mysterious, giant Footprints near the Jordan River in Israel.

Part 2 of 3. Hosted by tour guide Aaron Lipkin.

Get his full DVD at http://root-source.com/hidden-israel-dvds/

24 02, 2017

Root Source Tours: Giant Footprints in Israel – Part 1

By |February 24th, 2017|Root Source Tours|3 Comments

Root Source Tours takes you to see the mysterious, giant Footprints near the Jordan River in Israel. Part 1 of 3. Hosted by tour guide Aaron Lipkin.

Get his full DVD at http://root-source.com/hidden-israel-dvds/

23 02, 2017

Ki Tisa – March 18 – 20 Adar

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In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Ki Tisa Exodus 30:11 – 34:35, the people of Israel are told to each contribute exactly half a shekel of silver to the Sanctuary. Instructions are also given regarding the making of the Sanctuary’s water basin, anointing oil and incense. “Wise-hearted” artisans Betzalel and Aholiav are placed in […]

23 02, 2017

Tetzaveh – March 11 – 13 Adar

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In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Tetzaveh Exodus 27:20 – 30:10, G‑d tells Moses to receive from the children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the “everlasting flame” of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, “from evening till morning.”

The priestly garments, to be worn by the kohanim (priests) while serving in […]

18 02, 2017

Gidon Ariel Reacts to the First Trump-Netanyahu Meeting

By |February 18th, 2017|In The News|4 Comments

Gidon Ariel reacts to various comments made in the first President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting in Washington. The Trump/Netanyahu press conference was on February 15, 2017.

This interview of Gidon Ariel by Bob O’Dell was the following day. Topics discussed include moving the embassy, settlements, the new outside-in peace plan proposed and more.

We invite […]

17 02, 2017

Interview: Dov bar Leib – What will happen on Sukkot 2017?

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Root Source Interviews continues with Dov Bar Leib and his view on the End of Days.

Having revealed in Part 4 that he believes the Messiah will come during Sukkot, in this Part 5 and final segment he reveals what sign MUST happen between October 4 and October 11, 2017 if his theory is correct.

You […]

17 02, 2017

Interview: Dov Bar Leib – Jewish Messiah coming Fall 2017?

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In another exciting Root Source Interview, we introduce Israeli Jewish biblical researcher Dov Bar Leib and his view on the End of Days.

Having laid the groundwork for a view of world history and Jewish history in Parts 1 to 3 (available only to Root Source members), in Part 4 Dov now dramatically delivers his […]

16 02, 2017

Terumah – March 4 – 6 Adar

By |February 16th, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|1 Comment

 

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Terumah Exodus 25:1 – 27:19, the people of Israel are called upon to contribute thirteen materials—gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; flax, goat hair, animal skins, wood, olive oil, spices and gems—out of which, G‑d says to Moses, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, […]

16 02, 2017

Mishpatim – February 25 – 29 Shevat

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In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion, Mishpatim Exodus 21:1 – 24:18, following the revelation at Sinai, God legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans […]

16 02, 2017

Root Source Tours – Glass Museum in Arad – Unexplainable!

By |February 16th, 2017|Root Source Tours|2 Comments

We take you to the amazing Glass Museum in Arad, Israel.

Gidon Friedman has managed to create sculptures in glass that seem to defy what is humanly possible! Watch to learn why!

For more information on the glass museum in Arad, go to http://www.warmglassil.com/

9 02, 2017

Yitro – February 18 – 22 Shvat

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In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Yitro Exodus 18:1–20:23, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which G‑d performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist […]

8 02, 2017

Root Source Tours: Beersheva – Part 2 – City and Cistern

By |February 8th, 2017|Root Source Tours|1 Comment

Root Source concludes its tour of: Tel Be’er Sheva, the site of the ancient wells of Abraham.

In part 2 we conclude with a look at the city, the cistern and learn why it is a triangle city, and take a look at its cistern.

For more information on Marianna Gol and Streams in the Desert go […]

6 02, 2017

Interview: Doug Hamp – Part 5 – Christian Turnoff

By |February 6th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|1 Comment

What is it that Christians do that turned Jews off about Jesus? What’s the biggest Doctrine that Christians are teaching that is the most offensive to Jews?

Find out what Bob and Gidon think about it In Part 5 of this interview. ( see part 4 )

6 02, 2017

Interview: Doug Hamp – Part 4 – Torah

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What is the Torah? Why is it important? Why should Christians not be afraid of this? Why might they want to embrace it?

Gidon Ariel answers these questions in Part 4 of this interview, (see part 3 here).

6 02, 2017

Interview: Doug Hamp – Part 3 – Relationship Restoration between Jews and Christians

By |February 6th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|1 Comment

What if the idea of Jubilee is the restoration of this extremely broken relationship or hateful relationship between Jews and Christian?

Part 3 of this interview, (see part 2 here) talks about the Relationship Restoration between Jews and Christian.

6 02, 2017

Interview: Doug Hamp – Part 2 – Judaism

By |February 6th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|2 Comments

In Part 2 of this interview, (see part 1 here),  Gidon answered Doug Hamp’s question: What does every Jew wish that every Christians know about Judaism and or the Torah?

6 02, 2017

Interview: Doug Hamp – Part 1 – Jubilee

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This is part 1 of 5 series (see part 2).

What is happening with the Jubilee? An update which is going to involve some of the things that happened to President Trump as well as moving the embassy in Tel Aviv over to Jerusalem.

Join as Doug Hamp interviews Bob O’Dell and Gidon Ariel of Root […]

4 02, 2017

Root Source Tours: Beersheva – Part 1 – Look Down Abraham’s Well

By |February 4th, 2017|Root Source Tours|1 Comment

Marianna Gol of Streams in the Desert gives Root Source viewers a personal tour of one of her favorite place in Israel: Tel Sheva, also known as Tel Be’er Sheva, the site of Beersheva, the ancient wells of Abraham.

 

4 02, 2017

Interview: Claire Pfann of UHL – Part 3 – Who are the Samaritans?

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In an addendum to the interview, Claire Pfann adds her opinion how people from Judea, Samaria, and the Uttermost Parts of the Earth,  are “related to each other” according to the writers of the New Testament.

This was the subject of Claire’s Masters Thesis.

Learn more about The University of the Holy Land at:  http://www.uhl.ac/

2 02, 2017

Interview: Claire Pfann of UHL – Part 2 – Attending Jerusalem Synagogue

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The Root Source Interview with Claire Pfann, the Academic Dean of the University of the Holy Land, continues.

We ask her to tell the story of how she began to regularly attend a synagogue in Jerusalem, and how she got invited to sing in its choir!

Learn more about The University of the Holy Land at: […]

2 02, 2017

Beshalach – February 11 – 15 Shvat

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In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Beshalach Exodus 13:17 – 17:16, soon after allowing the children of Israel to depart from Egypt, Pharaoh chases after them to force their return, and the Israelites find themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the sea. G‑d tells Moses to raise his staff over the water; the sea […]

29 01, 2017

Bo – February 4 – 8 Shevat

By |January 29th, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|1 Comment

G‑d commands the first commandment to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel […]

29 01, 2017

Root Source Interviews: Claire Pfann of UHL – Part 1

By |January 29th, 2017|Root Source Interviews|4 Comments

Root Source Interviews: Claire Pfann, Academic Dean of the University of the Holy Land.  Claire has been in Israel since 1982 and with her husband Steve, got the vision to start a University that allows English speaking students all around the world to get a graduate degree in Israel with a flavor of the […]

27 01, 2017

Teaser: A LOT of exclusive interviews and tours are coming soon!

By |January 27th, 2017|Root Source Tours, Root Source Interviews, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Root Source co-founder and director Bob O’Dell visits Israel three or four times a year (or more). Some of these thoroughly enjoyable trips are spent with Gidon, discussing Root Source business and strategy, but also visiting a lot of off-the-beaten-track places and visiting under-the-radar people.

Bob recently returned from a January trip, and his camera’s […]

20 01, 2017

Gidon Talks about the Jordan River Valley

By |January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Gidon shows us the sites and layout of the west bank of the Jordan river, and the overall Jordan River Valley.

18 01, 2017

Avi Lipkin: A Sunrise for Israel and Darkness for Obama

By |January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Root Source teacher Avi Lipkin weighs in on UN Resolution 2334 and explains why we will see a Sunrise for Israel and Darkness for Obama.


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13 01, 2017

Va’era – January 28 – 1 Shvat

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In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vaeira, Exodus 6:2 – 9:35, G‑d reveals Himself to Moses. Employing the “four expressions of redemption,” He promises to take out the Children of Israel from Egypt, deliver them from their enslavement, redeem them, and acquire them as His own chosen people at Mount Sinai; He will then bring […]

13 01, 2017

Shmot – January 21 – 23 Tevet

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This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Shemot, Exodus 1:1 – 6:1, begins the Book of Exodus. Pharaoh issues harsh decrees against the Israelites, beginning decades of Jewish suffering and slavery. Moses is born and raised in the Egyptian royal palace. After killing an Egyptian, Moses escapes to Midian and marries. G‑d appears to him in […]

13 01, 2017

Gidon Ariel on A Hebrew In The Homeland

By |January 13th, 2017|In The News|Comments Off on Gidon Ariel on A Hebrew In The Homeland

From time to time, Gidon or Bob are invited to share their thoughts on a radio program.

Last week, Gidon appeared on our own teacher David Ha’ivri’s new show on Israel News Talk Radio, “A Hebrew In The Heartland”. He spoke at length about our Campus and Millennials Campaign, and may have revealed things about […]

8 01, 2017

Understanding Trump: ​​​​​​​Part 5: Conclusion

By |January 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Understanding Trump: ​​​​​​​Part 5: Conclusion

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
The four previous articles in this series suggested the following insights about Trump:

First, Trump, at heart, is a people person: the ultimate populist.

Second, Trump uses words like paint: captivating us with the colors, but we must remember that the picture […]

8 01, 2017

Gidon interviewed on “The Reconnect”

By |January 8th, 2017|In The News|1 Comment

From time to time, Gidon or Bob are invited to share their thoughts on a radio program.

Last week, Gidon appeared on the Reconnect with Carmen show, and described life on a small Jewish settlement in the Hebron hills.

Listen to the interview. Happy listening!

8 01, 2017

Vayechi – January 14 – 16 Tevet

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This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayechi, Genesis 47:28 – 50:26, discusses Jacob’s final years. Shortly before his passing, Jacob blesses Joseph’s children as well as his own. A massive funeral procession escorts Jacob’s body to Canaan. The reading, and the Book of Genesis, concludes with Joseph’s death.
In the Haftara Prophets reading, I Kings 2:1 – […]

2 01, 2017

Vayigash – January 7 – 9 Tevet

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This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayigash, Genesis 44:18 – 47:27, concludes the story of Joseph and his brothers, with Joseph unable to contain himself and revealing himself to them after his brother Judah offers to be imprisoned instead of Benjamin. This gripping story has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years, and […]

2 01, 2017

Root Source Campus Campaign – A SUCCESS!

By |January 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Root Source Campus Campaign – A SUCCESS!

WE DID IT!

Together with hundreds of donors and generous matching donors, in one month we raised more than TWO HUNDRED THOUSANDS DOLLARS! For our ambitious Campus and Millennials Campaign.

We finished Stage 1. With YOUR help, we have funded this project!

This month, we will work on completing our list of liaisons to college and university campuses […]

28 12, 2016

City of David – Part 4 of 4

By |December 28th, 2016|Root Source Tours|5 Comments

Root Source takes you along the Stepped Road and a view of the Pool of Siloam at the City of David. Part 4 of 4.

28 12, 2016

City of David – Part 3

By |December 28th, 2016|Root Source Tours|6 Comments

Root Source takes you down into the Gihon Spring and Hezekiah’s tunnel beneath the City of David.

The walk includes a time-lapse video that turns a 40 minute walk in the tunnel into less than 1 minutes. Part 3 of 4.

28 12, 2016

City of David – Part 2

By |December 28th, 2016|Root Source Tours|2 Comments

Root Source takes a look at a two-story, four-room home in the times of the Kings, as well as the Kidron valley and some of the tombs of the kings. Part 2 of 4.

28 12, 2016

City of David – Part 1

By |December 28th, 2016|Root Source Tours|2 Comments

Root Source takes a look at the whole City of David from one of the best lookout points around. Part 1 of 4.

24 12, 2016

UN Resolution 2334 – What To Watch in the Days Ahead

By |December 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|5 Comments

On Friday December 23rd, while Israel was rejoicing on Shabbat, Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Samantha Power finally unleashed their pent up anger against Israel. By colluding within the UN Security Council on the drafting of an anti-settlement resolution, and then by doing nothing to block that resolution, they brought worldwide condemnation upon Israel […]

18 12, 2016

Understanding Trump: ​​​​​​​Part 4 – One Of A Kind?

By |December 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Understanding Trump: ​​​​​​​Part 4 – One Of A Kind?

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
The three articles in this series suggested the following insights about Trump:

First, Trump, at heart, is a people person: the ultimate populist.

Second, Trump uses words like paint: captivating us with the colors, but we must remember that the picture he […]

14 12, 2016

Root Source Prediction Update: Did God Press the Pause Button?

By |December 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|4 Comments

We made a promise in our book Israel FIRST! to continually watch to see what God is doing, and report back to you about our predictions. It continues to amaze us how many of you told us that was refreshing to hear!

Probably our most important prediction in the whole book was that the Blood […]

11 12, 2016

Understanding Trump: Part 3 – What Trump Wants

By |December 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
The first and second articles in this series suggested two main insights about Trump:

Trump, at heart, is a people person: the ultimate populist.
Trump uses words like paint: captivating us with the colors, but we must remember that the picture he […]

10 12, 2016

Model of Jerusalem at Israel Museum

By |December 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Model of Jerusalem at Israel Museum

Root Source made brief stop at the Israel Museum to film the Model of Jerusalem in the second temple period, the Shrine of the Book where the dead sea scrolls are displayed, and a few other exhibits.

See the second temple, the city of David, Mount Zion, Herods Palace, Solomon’s Palace, and the two possible […]

7 12, 2016

Psalm 51 Revisited

By |December 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|9 Comments

A few posts ago, we shared an impromptu moment of a Christian and a Jew playing a song about Psalm 51 on the top of Mount Zion near the Tomb of David.

Leslie Howard has now provided us with a studio recording of the same piece of music and the lyrics down below.

We hope you […]

5 12, 2016

Musical Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee

By |December 5th, 2016|Root Source Tours|1 Comment

Take a short musical boat ride on Lake Kinneret, which means Harp. The ride begins at the Northwest shore and ends in Tiberias.

This event was one part of a tour-day put on by Jerusalem Channel’s Feast of Tabernacles conference in October 2016.

4 12, 2016

Understanding Trump: Part 2 – Trump the Word Painter

By |December 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Understanding Trump: Part 2 – Trump the Word Painter

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
Some decades ago in my high-tech career, I was on the staff of an industry veteran who was extremely careful, and I would add excruciatingly careful, with his spoken words. In business discussions, he would choose his words so slowly […]

3 12, 2016

The Magdala Synagogue

By |December 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Magdala Synagogue

Magdala is a town north of Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee.

This brief video gives a description of a Synagogue that was active in the second temple period and was discovered in 2009.  It was almost certainly visited by Jesus.

30 11, 2016

Jew and Christian – Play Psalm 51 – Impromptu

By |November 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Leslie Howard of Ireland visited Jerusalem during the 2016 Sukkot holidays.

While at the top of Mount Zion he asks a Jewish musician to join him in his original song based on Psalm 51.

 

Video provided by Leslie Howard.

28 11, 2016

Tower of David – Excavations under Herod’s Palace

By |November 28th, 2016|Root Source Tours|2 Comments

In Part 5 and the Conclusion of our series on about the Tower of David, Root Source walks a few hundred yards south of the David Citadel, and travels down in elevation and in time.

Listens in as tour guide Shay Kedem takes us underneath Herod’s Palace for a look at what lies beneath.

28 11, 2016

Tower of David Museum – Exhibits

By |November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Root Source continues with Part 4 of its series on the Tower of David Museum.

Bob O’Dell took photographs of a few of the exhibits and explains some of the museum displays in his narration.

27 11, 2016

Understanding Trump: Part 1: How He Sees the World

By |November 27th, 2016|Current Events|2 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
In this article we begin to take on the challenge of trying to understand the man who will soon be leader of the free world, a man who has defied understanding for so many.
Who is this man?
What is his vision […]

27 11, 2016

Which Books of the Bible are Considered the Prophets?

By |November 27th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|Comments Off on Which Books of the Bible are Considered the Prophets?

This week, we feature a question that Bob O’Dell posed (partnership has its privileges:-) He was asking about the contents of the Haftarah of last week’s portion, Chayei Sarah:
Why does the Prophets portions have passages outside of the Prophets?

I could understand last week with Elisha (II Kings 4:1 – 4:37, that recounts stories of […]

27 11, 2016

Toldot – December 3 – 3 Kislev

By |November 27th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|Comments Off on Toldot – December 3 – 3 Kislev

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Toledot (The Life and Times of), Genesis 25:19 – 28:9, is the only portion that focuses on the middle patriarch, Isaac, but even still opens and closes with stories about his son Jacob. In between, the stories about Isaac mostly mirror some stories about Abraham his father.

The two best known […]

20 11, 2016

America, Trump and the Two Golden Calves: From Breaking Israel News

By |November 20th, 2016|In The News|6 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
Did the recent Trump victory cause you (a) to cry, (b) to celebrate, or (c) to scratch your head and wonder how this is all going to turn out?

Evangelical Christians are divided these days about how much good will be […]

20 11, 2016

Ken Spiro is our Hero!

By |November 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|4 Comments

One of the Internet and Social Media’s worst anti-Israel activist is Norman Finkelstein. If you haven’t heard of him, that’s not too surprising, as you probably don’t travel in his circles.

Our popular Jewish History teacher, Rabbi Ken Spiro, not only dared to debate this despicable person (a phrase I do not use often, but […]

20 11, 2016

Chayei Sarah – November 26 – 25 Heshvan

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This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah), Genesis 23:1 – 25:18, opens with the death of Sarah and her widower Abraham’s mourning for her and especially purchase of the Double Cave (Me’arat Hamachpela) in Hebron in order to bury her. This purchase is recognized as the first acquisition in the […]

18 11, 2016

Meet the Curator of the Tower of David Museum

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Root Source continues  with Part 3 of its series on the Tower of David Museum.

Eilat Lieber is the Director and Chief Curator of the Tower of David Museum. In this brief video she tells about herself and the plans for the museum.

18 11, 2016

West Jerusalem Viewed from the David Citadel

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Root Source presents Part 2 of a special tour of the Tower of David Museum given by its Director and Chief Curator, Eilat Lieber.

This brief video looks at West Jerusalem landmarks, and among other things, tells the tragic story of the 1947 bombing at the King David Hotel.

11 11, 2016

From Breaking Israel News: The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee – Finally Found?

By |November 11th, 2016|In The News|2 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob and Gidon!
In previous articles we have looked at the Jubilee year from both Jewish and Christian perspectives to examine whether God might be restoring to the world, an identification of the Jubilee calendar as described in Leviticus Chapter 25.

This article […]

11 11, 2016

Gidon Discusses the USA Elections

By |November 11th, 2016|Current Events, Israel|2 Comments

CEO of Root Source Gidon Ariel shares his ideas about the recent USA elections.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enthusiastically congratulated Donald Trump after his upset win. As a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, what are the biggest changes that Netanyahu is hoping to get from Donald Trump relative to Barack Obama?
How is the “left” in […]

11 11, 2016

Vayera – November 19 – 18 Heshvan

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This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayera, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, continues the stories of Abraham, starting with his visit from angels who tell him that God will bless him and his wife Sarah with a son, then describe the destruction of Sodom and Gemorah, and conclude with the important story of Isaac’s Binding (Sacrifice). […]

11 11, 2016

Viewing Jerusalem from the Tower of David

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We had the chance to tour portions of the Tower of David Museum just inside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem.

This first video takes us all the way to the top of the tower, to see one of the most beautiful views in all of Jerusalem, to get a special introduction […]

6 11, 2016

Avinu Shebashamayim: Our Father in Heaven

By |November 6th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|12 Comments

Abigail asked a question about the best known phrase in a well known Christian prayer, and its relationship with Jewish sources.
Shalom!
I understand that the Jewish people, in at least one of their prayers, refer to Hashem as “Avinu Shebashamayim” (our Father in Heaven).
I am wondering when/how that started. Are there verses in the Tanakh […]

5 11, 2016

Lech Lecha – November 12 – 11 Heshvan

By |November 5th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|3 Comments

 

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27, introduces Abraham, promises blessing to non-Jews who support Israel (Gen.. 12:3) and tells the world that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews (Gen 12:7 etc etc).. The Haftara Prophets reading, Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16, includes Isaiah 40: 31:
Those who hope in […]

4 11, 2016

Sukkot Surprises – by Gidon Ariel

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Gidon speaks about the UNESCO Surprise regarding the statement that disavows the historical connection between the Temple Mount and the Jewish people.

He also brings out two surprises of his own for two friends in attendance.

 

4 11, 2016

Sukkot Visitors – by Gidon Ariel

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Gidon speaks at the Jerusalem Channel 2016 Movable Feast of Tabernacles conference. His topic is the Seven Visitors of Sukkot.

3 11, 2016

Avi Lipkin’s New Political Party – Latest Update

By |November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Here is the latest from Avi on his Judeo Christian Bible Bloc Party given in Jerusalem on October 19th, 2016.

2 11, 2016

Root Source interviews – Miki Zohar – Israeli MK

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Miki Zohar is one of the new wave of Likud members voted into office in the last elections.

Miki is self-described as “not politically correct, for better or worse, but I can’t change who I am.” As an example of that he has proposed a law that requires non-essential businesses to close for Shabbat.

Root Source […]

30 10, 2016

Redemption: Agony, Surprise, and First Wave

By |October 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Bob and Gidon both spoke recently at the Jerusalem Channel Feast of Tabernacles conference during the week of Sukkot.

In this talk, Bob shares a personal story of tragedy as an example of God’s faithfulness and persistence in desiring redemption of everything possible.

He also gives a few predictions of what he believes is in store […]

28 10, 2016

Terror Strikes Close: Anti Semitic Arson Attack on Gidon’s Synagogue

By |October 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Longtime followers of Root Source and other friends of mine know that while Root Source is my main activity, I am active in many other things, including living in a Jewish community (settlement) in Judea and Samaria.

With some of my neighbors, I pray weekly in a synagogue that serves as a memorial for two […]

28 10, 2016

The Future and Animal Sacrifices

By |October 28th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|8 Comments

Our student Vicki asked this quick but far from simple question:
Hi Gidon,
Can you give us a brief account of the wisdom of the sages concerning the future of animal sacrifices in the Third Temple? What do you personally think?
Todah Rabah,
Vicki
First of all, I will say that Judaism in general is much more this-world focused […]

28 10, 2016

Noah – November 5 – 4 Heshvan

By |October 28th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|2 Comments

This week we read Noah (the “h” should be pronounced more gutturally, like you are clearing your throat), Genesis 6:9 – 11:32. The second portion of Genesis, we read mostly the story of the Flood, but also a bit of Noah’s life story; the population of the world with the 70 nations descended from Noah; […]

23 10, 2016

Jewish View on the Apocrypha

By |October 23rd, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|1 Comment

Our friend Cindy asked the following question:

Hello Gidon,

I realize you are busy with all the fall festivals, and hope you are greatly blessed during this holy time. I would love to be there in Jerusalem on Sukkot to celebrate with all of you.

My reason for contacting you is to ask a question. […]

20 10, 2016

Breshit – October 29 – 27 Tishrei

By |October 20th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|2 Comments

This week we read Breshit (In the beginning of), Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. This is a festive reading, as we are restarting the cycle of reading the entire Torah, some fifty-two portions, one week at a time.

This week’s Prophets reading is from Isaiah 42:5-43:10. The connection to the Breshit reading is its first verse, […]

14 10, 2016

Sukkot 2, Celebrating the Torah

By |October 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Sukkot has so much about it, we needed to produce a second video lesson to cover everything!

In this lesson, Gidon Ariel, director of Root Source, talks about the biblical holy day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, and some of the traditions associated with it, as well as the Simchat Torah celebration.

13 10, 2016

Shabbat of Sukkot Torah Reading – October 22 – 20 Tishrei

By |October 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|5 Comments

On Holidays, the regular weekly Torah reading is preempted by the special Holiday reading.

The Sukkot reading for Shabbat is Exodus 33:12 – 34:26. The reason is, because that passage mentions the three pilgrimage festivals, including Sukkot. (The same reading exactly is read on Shabbat of Passover.)

The Prophets reading is Ezekiel 38:18 – 39:16, the prophecy of […]

10 10, 2016

Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles

By |October 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Gidon produced an educational video lesson about the holiday of Sukkot. In this lesson, Gidon Ariel, director of Root Source, talks about the biblical holy day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, and how it is observed in Israel today.

9 10, 2016

Haazinu – October 15 – 13 Tishrei

By |October 9th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|2 Comments

This week we read Ha’azinu (Listen!), Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52. As introduced in last week’s reading, Moses concludes his messages from God to the Israelites just before they enter the Land. As God warns over and over, the People will forget about their covenant with God and ultimately be exiled. But God will bring them […]

8 10, 2016

Jewish Calendar Guides National Prayer

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WND just published our newest blog that shows how the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot are aligned with the culmination of intensive prayer for Revival and Awakening in the United States:

Many Christians leaders around the nation have proclaimed October as a culminating period of prayer for our nation, both for the upcoming elections as well as […]

1 10, 2016

New Technology Allows Dead Sea Scroll to be Read

By |October 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Computer Scientists in Kentucky have joined together with the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at the Israel Antiquities Authority, to read for the first time, a previously unreadable Dead Sea scroll.

Even though the scroll was too damaged to be opened, new imaging software allows the Hebrew characters to be imaged from all the layers of […]

30 09, 2016

The Gideon 300

By |September 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|16 Comments

Way back when we started Root Source, we felt like we were doing something important by bringing Jews and Christians together on the common “root source” of the shared beliefs of the Bible.

Who would be willing to try out this innovative idea, and even more so, who would remain? In those early conversations we […]

30 09, 2016

In Memoriam: Shimon Peres

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Today is Friday, and moments ago the funeral of Shimon Peres came to a close. Shimon Peres was one of Israel’s founding fathers, and Gidon Ariel was interviewed by Paul Calvert for his radio program about this giant–if controversial–Israeli and world statesman: