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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Paradise Lost

  Sharon asked: You make it clear, at the end of this lesson, that “there is always a way back.” What does Judaism teach about the after-Eden lifestyle, accomplishments, ‘start-up’ of Adam and Chavah? If the Hebrew “shuv-I” can be defined as “to come back home,” did they accomplish that goal? Is “repentance” a part

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Korach – June 24 – 30 Sivan

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Korach Numbers 16:1–18:32, incites a mutiny challenging Moses’ leadership and the granting of the kehunah (priesthood) to Aaron. He is accompanied by Moses’ inveterate foes, Dathan and Abiram. Joining them are 250 distinguished members of the community, who offer the sacrosanct ketoret (incense) to prove their worthiness for the priesthood. The

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  Now in its thirty-sixth year, the annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy (ICEJ—the J stands for its headquarters in Jerusalem), attracts thousands of Pentecostal Christians from around the world to Israel. Timed to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles is intended as a public



Looking Back, Looking Forward: Israel in the eyes of its first US ambassador

An archived TV interview from 1952 provides a rare real-time glimpse into conditions surrounding the toddler Jewish state, as reported by James G. McDonald, America’s first ambassador to Israel. Few Americans today will remember “Longines Chronoscope,” a CBS-network program sponsored by a watchmaking company that ran from 1951 to 1955. Billing itself as “a television

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Acharei-Kedoshim – May 6 – 10 Iyyar

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Acharei-Kedoshim Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27, following the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, God warns against unauthorized entry “into the holy.” Only one person, the kohen gadol (“high priest”), may—but once a year, on Yom Kippur—enter the innermost chamber in the Sanctuary to offer the sacred ketoret to God. Another

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Tazria-Metzora – April 29 – May 3 Iyyar

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Tazria and Metzora Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33, continue the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah, ritual impurity and purity. A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All

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