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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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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The Gideon 300

Way back when we started Root Source, we felt like we were doing something important by bringing Jews and Christians together on the common “root source” of the shared beliefs of the Bible. Who would be willing to try out this innovative idea, and even more so, who would remain? In those early conversations we

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Nitzavim – October 1 – 28 Elul

This week we read Nitzavim (Standing), Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20, which mostly revisits Moses’ and God’s exhortation to the people to keep the commandments. This week, the week just before the holiday of Rosh Hashana, is especially fitting for this portion to be read, as it includes the “Passage of Teshuva,” return or repentance, which appear in chapter 30 verses

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The Aaronic Blessing

Abigail keeps sending in great questions! Her latest: Shalom, it is my understanding that the father (or oldest male?) in the house prays the Aaronic blessing over the family and others in the home on Erev Shabbat. Correct? In the absence of an adult male, would the mother (oldest woman?) then pray it instead? Or

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The West’s Challenges: A Modern-Ancient Solution

The West’s Challenges: A Modern-Ancient Solution By Gidon Ariel There are quite a few challenges facing the West—and by extension, the entire world—today, some only tangentially related: Morality: Since the 1960s, and some would point to periods even preceding the twentieth century, the redefinition of morals and social mores have been pushing the envelope, and

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Foreigners and Sojourners

Abigail keeps on asking great questions! Here is her latest: Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:23 refers to the Israelite people as being foreigners and sojourners…temporary residents of the land. That is the reason given for the mandate to include the right of redemption in any land purchase (which is actually a crop purchase since the land reverts

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The Number of Temples

Abigail keeps on sending in questions! Here’s her latest (the answer is in between): My husband, Dave, and I are confused about the number of temples, so far. We are looking at sites, but they are confusing. Shlomo’s is the first. Right Then a second temple is built during Zerubabel’s time? Yes, Ezra and Nehemiah.

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