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.

The Scapegoat

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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Moshe Kempinski

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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Four lepers bring the news to the guards at the gate of Samaria

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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Parashat Tzav

Parashat Tzav General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Tzav, continues describing the various sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle and Temple — a topic started in last week’s reading. This is followed by an account of the seven-day inaugural of the Tabernacle. First Aliyah: The Torah describes the mandatory daily removal of ashes from the altar.

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The Story of Purim Josh Frampton

The Story of Purim – Josh Frampton

https://vimeo.com/925385819/4b1371527a?share=copy As the Porim festival approaches, Jewish communities around the world gather to celebrate the story of Esther, a tale of a young Jewish girl who rises to become the Queen of the Persian Empire, ultimately saving her people from destruction.The story of Esther is one of the most compelling narratives in the Bible. It’s

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Gidon With Josh About Purim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYwKnJCK6j4 Xerxes Pronunciation and Purim DiscussionGidon and Joshua discussed the pronunciation and usage of the name Xerxes in the biblical story of Esther. Gidon clarified that in Jewish contexts, the Hebrew term “Ahashverosh” is used instead of Xerxes. He also mentioned the Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern, which includes commentary on the name, and

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Gidon With Hutch About Biblical Brothers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ9cbcvxdvc Quick recapHutch and Gidon had a theological discussion about the Old Testament, specifically the story of Abram and his sons. Hutch emphasized the relevance of the Old Testament for understanding modern times, but Gidon argued that Abram and Sarah’s actions were an act of obedience to God’s command. They also debated the translation of

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Pekudei: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEDkZ_cWi0I “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now” sings Joni Mitchell in her classic song. But she wasn’t the first. The Torah also looks at clouds from both sides, and the cloud of glory, that which embodies HaShem’s presence, filled the Tabernacle upon its completion, preventing Moshe from entering, anticipating, perhaps, another lyric from

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The Sacrifice of the Old Covenant (painting by Peter Paul Rubens)

Parashat Vayikra

General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Vayikra, begins the third book of the Torah, Leviticus. Last week we completed the reading of the book of Exodus, which concluded with a description of the construction of the Tabernacle. This week’s portion will provide a description of the various sacrifices – animal, fowl, and meal-offerings – offered

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Parashat Pekudei

Parashat Pekudei General Overview: In this portion, Pekudei, describes the manufacture of the vestments of the priests and high priests — which were already described in the portion of Tetzaveh, where G‑d instructs Moses how these garments are to be assembled. The Tabernacle is erected, and G‑d’s presence dwells therein. First Aliyah: This aliyah gives

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Gidon Ariel & Jason Caplan – February 27, 2024

Gidon Ariel and Jason Caplan – February 27, 2024 Israeli Local Elections and Gidon’s DecisionGidon and Jason caught up, with Gidon sharing about recent local elections in Israel. He mentioned that the election was largely peaceful and not contentious, with two similar candidates vying for the position. Gidon shared that he decided not to run

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Parshat Vayakhel

General Overview: In this week’s portion, Vayakhel, Moses gathers the Jews and relays to them all the details regarding the construction of the Tabernacle and its vessels. The actual construction is also described. This portion repeats many of the details described in the portion of Terumah, wherein G‑d instructed Moses how the Tabernacle and its

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Talkline With Zev Brenner on a Yeshiva For Christians who want to Learn Torah with Gidon Ariel

Talkline With Zev Brenner on a Yeshiva For Christians who want to Learn Torah with Gidon Ariel Zev Brenner interviews Gidon Ariel, the founder of Root Source, an organization aimed at teaching Torah and Jewish thought to Christians. Described as an online Yeshiva for Christians, Root Source’s mission is to enhance understanding and friendship between

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