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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Philip Steele and Gidon Ariel – May 9 2024

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sGkG6q7lkU Quick recapGidon 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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Parashat Achrei Mot

Parashat Achrei Mot General Overview: This week’s reading, Acharei, begins with a detailed description of the service of the High Priest on Yom Kippur. The Torah then discusses prohibitions against offering sacrifices outside the Temple, consuming blood, and incestuous, adulterous, or other forbidden relationships. First Aliyah: The High Priest is instructed to only enter the

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Gidon Ariel and Esther Henderson – April 07, 2024

Gidon Ariel and Esther Henderson – April 7, 2024 Passover Celebration and Israel’s Complex HistoryEsther asked Gidon about the uniformity of Passover celebration among Jews in Israel. In response, Gidon discussed the historical and political context of the Jewish people, emphasizing that Israel is a unique Jewish state with a rich and complex history. He

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Q1 2024 Update About the Institute of Midrashic Studies of the New Testament

As the January-March 2024 quarter comes to a close, Jill Hurley, our fellow from Berkeley School of Theology submitted “Rightly Defining φᾰρμᾰκείᾱ (Pharmakeia) in the 21st-Century” and Mihail Golic, our fellow from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary submitted “Suffering, Sacrifice, and Redemption: Pauline Midrash of Exodus in Galatians 3:1–17” to peer-review theological journals. Our Academic

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Q4 2023 Update About the Institute of Midrashic Studies of the New Testament

The Institute is pleased to announce three more articles involving our fellows have been submitted to peer-reviewed theological journals during the past quarter October-December 2023. One of our outgoing fellows, Tov Rose, and both of our incoming fellows, Jill Hurley and Mihail Golic have submitted the following articles: “An Exploration of 1 Peter as Midrashic

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Gidon Ariel and Moshe Kempinski – April 01, 2024

Moshe Kempinski’s Personal Story Gidon introduced Moshe Kempinski, who shared his personal story of growing up in Canada, then settling in Israel. Moshe recounted his experiences during the 1967 war, which deeply impacted his connection to Judaism and Israel. He also talked about his career and various roles he held, including family therapist and construction

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Parashat Metzora

General Overview: This week’s reading, Metzora, discusses the purification process for one who contracts “tzara’at” (skin maladies which are contracted as a result of engaging in forbidden gossip), and the symptoms and laws of “house tzara’at,” indicated by certain stone discolorations. Following is a discussion of various ritual impurities, including the laws of the menstruating

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Gidon Ariel and Hutch – April 2,2024

Gidon Ariel and Hutch – April 2, 2024 Gidon and Hutch discussed the upcoming Passover holiday, and its religious significance, as well as the traditions and customs of Passover. Further, they touched on the celebration of Passover, potential challenges to observing religious practices, and the significance of the red heifers in Judaism. Passover DiscussionHutch and

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Parashat Tazria

Parashat Tazria General Overview: This week’s reading, Tazria, discusses various forms of tzara’at, skin maladies which are contracted as a result of engaging in forbidden gossip. Also discussed are certain garment discolorations which constitute “clothing tzara’at.” First Aliyah: The Jewish people are instructed regarding the ritual impurity contracted by a woman who gives birth. The timeframe

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Parashat Shmini

Parashat Shmini General Overview: This week’s reading, Shemini, is a continuation of the previous week’s reading, Tzav, where we learned about the Tabernacle’s seven-day inaugural ceremony. This week’s reading opens on the eighth day, when G‑d’s presence descends upon the Tabernacle. On that day, Aaron’s sons Nadab and Avihu die when offering an uncalled-for incense

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Jewish Law and Its Interpretation in Modern Times

https://vimeo.com/927485778?share=copy In this video, Chaim Malespin interviews Gidon Ariel, focusing on Jewish law and its interpretation in modern times. Gidon emphasizes the importance of understanding and applying Jewish law within contemporary contexts, highlighting the adaptability of Jewish legal principles. He discusses how Jewish law addresses various aspects of life, including technology and societal changes, emphasizing

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Gidon Ariel and Jason Brunette – March 21,2024

Gidon Ariel and Jason Brunette – March 21,2024 Gidon and Jason discussed the topic of proverbs, their interpretation, and the significance of various Jewish fasts. They also shared their methods for understanding and interpreting biblical texts, emphasizing the importance of exploring different translations, contexts, and intertext within the Bible. The conversation touched on the value

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