Gidon Ariel

Founder and CEO A visionary and pioneer in Jewish-Christian relations, Gidon made Aliyah to Israel when he was 14 and spent close to a decade in advanced Jewish studies institutes (Yeshivas) and the IDF. Gidon serves in the IDF reserves as a Captain in the Military Spokesperson’s Office after spending over 20 years in the Armored (Tank) Corps. Raised an Orthodox Jew, he has kept Jewish traditions his entire life, and is a seasoned Hebrew and Judaism Instructor. Gidon is involved with several Web-based marketing initiatives, and has been working with Christian organizations in Israel, the USA and elsewhere in the world since 2005.

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Parashat Balak

Parashat Balak General Overview: In this week’s Torah reading, Balak, King Balak of Moab retains the sorcerer Balaam to curse the Jewish people. Instead of curses, only blessings come out of his mouth—including prophecies concerning the Messianic redemption. Moabite women entice some of the Israelites to sin, resulting in a plague amongst the Jews. Phinehas

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Bogusław Chrabota interviews Philip Earl Steele for Plus Minus

120 years ago this week the creator of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, died. What became of his vision?It’s true that Theodor Herzl was the most significant Zionist leader of the 19th century. But he was not the creator of Zionism. There were very many important Zionists before him, and from literally all over Europe. That certainly

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Known to Theodor Herzl after all: The late 19th-century American and British bids to establish a Jewish state in Palestine

This article presents not one, but a series of new discoveries that demonstrate Theodor Herzl’s real-time awareness of the Blackstone Memorial of March 1891, that boldest expression of US Christian Zionism in the 19th century, when Chicago’s William Blackstone persuaded America’s WASP elite to petition President Benjamin Harrison to convene an international conference with the

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Gidon Ariel and Philip Steele discuss early Zionism

Quick recap Gidon and Philip engaged in a wide-ranging discussion that covered personal updates, current events, and academic pursuits, with a particular emphasis on the historical roots and development of Zionism. They also explored the origins and spread of Protestantism, the impact of various historical events on the Zionist movement, and the restoration of the

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Parashat Beha’alotcha

General Overview: In this week’s Torah reading, Beha’alotecha, G‑d instructs Aaron concerning the Tabernacle Menorah lighting. The Levites are initiated into the Tabernacle service. The “Second Passover” is instituted. At G‑d’s behest, Moses makes two trumpets, and is instructed how and when to use them. The Israelites leave Mount Sinai, and proceed towards the Land

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Parashat Nasso

Parashat Nasso

General Overview: This week’s reading, Naso, is the longest single portion in the Torah, containing 176 verses. The reading starts with a continuation of the Levite census and a discussion regarding their Tabernacle duties. The laws of the sotah woman and the Nazirite follow. The portion concludes with the Priestly Blessing and the offerings which

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Philip Steele and Gidon Ariel – May 9 2024

Quick recap Gidon and Dr. Philip discussed Philip’s experiences with Polish refugee resettlement in Idaho and his later shift in focus to early Zionism and the influence of evangelical Christians on the US-Israel relationship. They also discussed Philip’s upcoming lecture based on his research into Israel and the forthcoming translation of the Hebrew book “Drishat

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Parashat Behar

Parashat Behar General Overview: This week’s reading, Behar, speaks about the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, laws regulating commerce and the redemption of slaves. First Aliyah: G‑d commands Moses regarding the Sh’mitah (Sabbatical) and Jubilee years. Every seventh year is a Sabbatical year, when it is forbidden to work the land (in the Land of Israel).

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Parashat Emor

General Overview: This week’s reading, Emor, discusses the laws which pertain to Kohanim (priests), and various laws which relate to sacrifices. These are followed by a lengthy discussion of the festivals. The portion concludes with the story of a blasphemer who was put to death. First Aliyah: The aliyah discusses the Kohen’s obligation to maintain

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Gidon Ariel and Dr Richard Booker – April 15, 2024

Gidon Ariel and Dr Richard Booker – April 15, 2024 Quick recapGidon and Richard discussed the recent conflict in the region, the effectiveness of Israel’s defense systems, and the intentions of Iran. They also shared personal experiences and updates, including Richard’s organization “Sounds of the Trumpet” and Gidon’s work with “Root Source.” Discussing Conflict and

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Parashat Kedoshim

Parashat Kedoshim General Overview: Dozens of commandments are discussed in this week’s reading, Kedoshim. Among them: various mandatory gifts for the poor, love for every Jew, prohibition against sorcery, honesty in business dealings, and sexual morality. First Aliyah: G‑d commands the Jewish people to be holy. This section then briefly discuses several laws: revering parents;

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Gidon Ariel and Katalin Morgan – April 3, 2024

Gidon Ariel and Katalin Morgan – April 3, 2024 Quick RecapKatalin and Gidon discussed the ongoing situation in the Middle East and their respective religious traditions. They also delved into the interpretation of various biblical verses, focusing on the book of Numbers and the challenges in translating the Hebrew Bible into English. The conversation underscored

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