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.

Teaser A LOT of exclusive interviews and tours are coming soon

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

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

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Vayechi – January 14 – 16 Tevet

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 –

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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

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Shabbat of Sukkot Torah Reading

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

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