About 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.
11 12, 2017

Gidon Ariel is coming to the USA! January 2018

By |December 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


We’re excited to share that Gidon is coming to the USA next month!
He will be visiting his family in New York from Thursday through Saturday, January 11-13;
then he will be in Texas, in the Austin/San Antonio/Dallas area, from Sunday through Sunday, January 14-21;
and finish up in south Florida, based in Boca Raton, from Monday […]

21 11, 2017

Root Source Israel Tour April 2018 – “Seventy Years to Israel’s Rebirth”

By |November 21st, 2017|video, Israel|8 Comments

click here to register!

Download the PDF Brochure Here!

Imagine finally visiting the Holy Land, a lifelong dream so many never realize.

Now imaging going at a time that brings prophetic history and the modern state of Israel together in a way that never was before and never will be again.

Now imagine going with an American Pastor […]

16 11, 2017

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – New Membership Model for Root Source

By |November 16th, 2017|Current Events|2 Comments


Dear Friends,   

We at Root Source are working full time to provide the best possible access to authentic Jewish wisdom taught by loving Israeli teachers for Christians worldwide.

We are excited to announce a major redesign of our site that will make your access to Root Source channels and lessons much easier, faster, cheaper […]

30 07, 2017

Root Source on the Temple Mount

By |July 30th, 2017|Root Source Tours|4 Comments

Among other areas of interest that Root Source’s Gidon Ariel has, he is also an activist for the Temple Mount.
Join him as he was one of the few people who succeeded in visiting the Mount during the two weeks that no Muslims were there, as there was a boycott because of the metal detectors […]

27 06, 2017


By |June 27th, 2017|Current Events|0 Comments

15 06, 2017

Mazel Tov! Gidon’s Daughter Is Getting Married!

By |June 15th, 2017|Current Events|16 Comments

We don’t talk much about our personal lives here on Root Source, but some things you just can’t hold back.

Root Source’s CEO and co-founder, Gidon Ariel, has five children, and one of them, Shira Rina, is getting married today!

In fact, at this moment, if you are reading our newsletter as it is delivered!

That’s Shira […]

15 06, 2017

Do You Live In One Of These States?

By |June 15th, 2017|Current Events|0 Comments

We’re MORE THAN Halfway There!

As you know, we are running a campaign to distribute thousands of copies of our best selling book Israel FIRST! To do that, we are recruiting liaisons who will each distribute thirty books for free. We are giving away free Root Source subscriptions and chances to win free trips to […]

3 05, 2017

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

By |May 3rd, 2017|Israel|0 Comments

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 […]

26 04, 2017

Root Source Campus Campaign – Next Level!

By |April 26th, 2017|Current Events|0 Comments

Important news!!

Many of you have read our best selling book Israel FIRST!
and many have contributed to our Campus and Millennials Campaign to distribute that book to thousands of young adults all over North America.

We are very happy to share that we are launching the next stage of that ambitious campaign!

We have hired Ana Angel […]

23 04, 2017

Questionnaire reportage of Gidon Ariel

By |April 23rd, 2017|Ask The Rabbi|1 Comment

Around January 2017, I was asked by a foreign documentarian to be interviewed. The interview ultimately didn’t take place, but he asked me some initial questions that I though our Root Source readers would like to have a chance to see.
What is Judaism for you?
Judaism is my identity. My way of life. It is […]

20 03, 2017

The Aliyah Return Center

By |March 20th, 2017|In The News|1 Comment

 We are happy to share a story written by our very own Root Source teacher Dr. Rivka Adler about “The Aliyah Return Center,” with a quote from Root Source director Gidon Ariel. Enjoy!

17 02, 2017

Mishpatim – February 25 – 29 Shevat

By |February 17th, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion, Mishpatim Exodus 21:1 – 24:18, following the revelation at Sinai, God legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans […]

27 01, 2017

Bo – February 4 – 8 Shevat

By |January 27th, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|1 Comment

G‑d commands the first commandment to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel […]

27 01, 2017

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

By |January 27th, 2017|Root Source Tours, Root Source Interviews|1 Comment

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 […]

20 01, 2017

Va’era – January 28 – 1 Shvat

By |January 20th, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vaeira, Exodus 6:2 – 9:35, G‑d reveals Himself to Moses. Employing the “four expressions of redemption,” He promises to take out the Children of Israel from Egypt, deliver them from their enslavement, redeem them, and acquire them as His own chosen people at Mount Sinai; He will then bring […]

13 01, 2017

Shmot – January 21 – 23 Tevet

By |January 13th, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Shemot, Exodus 1:1 – 6:1, begins the Book of Exodus. Pharaoh issues harsh decrees against the Israelites, beginning decades of Jewish suffering and slavery. Moses is born and raised in the Egyptian royal palace. After killing an Egyptian, Moses escapes to Midian and marries. G‑d appears to him in […]

13 01, 2017

Gidon Ariel on A Hebrew In The Homeland

By |January 13th, 2017|In The News|0 Comments

From time to time, Gidon or Bob are invited to share their thoughts on a radio program.

Last week, Gidon appeared on our own teacher David Ha’ivri’s new show on Israel News Talk Radio, “A Hebrew In The Heartland”. He spoke at length about our Campus and Millennials Campaign, and may have revealed things about […]

8 01, 2017

Understanding Trump: ​​​​​​​Part 5: Conclusion

By |January 8th, 2017|In The News|0 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
The four previous articles in this series suggested the following insights about Trump:

First, Trump, at heart, is a people person: the ultimate populist.

Second, Trump uses words like paint: captivating us with the colors, but we must remember that the picture […]

8 01, 2017

Gidon interviewed on “The Reconnect”

By |January 8th, 2017|In The News|1 Comment

From time to time, Gidon or Bob are invited to share their thoughts on a radio program.

Last week, Gidon appeared on the Reconnect with Carmen show, and described life on a small Jewish settlement in the Hebron hills.

Listen to the interview. Happy listening!

8 01, 2017

Vayechi – January 14 – 16 Tevet

By |January 8th, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

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 – […]

2 01, 2017

Vayigash – January 7 – 9 Tevet

By |January 2nd, 2017|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayigash, Genesis 44:18 – 47:27, concludes the story of Joseph and his brothers, with Joseph unable to contain himself and revealing himself to them after his brother Judah offers to be imprisoned instead of Benjamin. This gripping story has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years, and […]

2 01, 2017

Root Source Campus Campaign – A SUCCESS!

By |January 2nd, 2017|In The News|0 Comments


Together with hundreds of donors and generous matching donors, in one month we raised more than TWO HUNDRED THOUSANDS DOLLARS! For our ambitious Campus and Millennials Campaign.

We finished Stage 1. With YOUR help, we have funded this project!

This month, we will work on completing our list of liaisons to college and university campuses […]

18 12, 2016

Understanding Trump: ​​​​​​​Part 4 – One Of A Kind?

By |December 18th, 2016|In The News, Current Events|0 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
The three articles in this series suggested the following insights about Trump:

First, Trump, at heart, is a people person: the ultimate populist.

Second, Trump uses words like paint: captivating us with the colors, but we must remember that the picture he […]

11 12, 2016

Understanding Trump: Part 3 – What Trump Wants

By |December 11th, 2016|In The News, Current Events|1 Comment

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
The first and second articles in this series suggested two main insights about Trump:

Trump, at heart, is a people person: the ultimate populist.
Trump uses words like paint: captivating us with the colors, but we must remember that the picture he […]

27 11, 2016

Understanding Trump: Part 1: How He Sees the World

By |November 27th, 2016|Current Events|2 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
In this article we begin to take on the challenge of trying to understand the man who will soon be leader of the free world, a man who has defied understanding for so many.
Who is this man?
What is his vision […]

27 11, 2016

Which Books of the Bible are Considered the Prophets?

By |November 27th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|0 Comments

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 of […]

27 11, 2016

Toldot – December 3 – 3 Kislev

By |November 27th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Toledot (The Life and Times of), Genesis 25:19 – 28:9, is the only portion that focuses on the middle patriarch, Isaac, but even still opens and closes with stories about his son Jacob. In between, the stories about Isaac mostly mirror some stories about Abraham his father.

The two best known […]

20 11, 2016

America, Trump and the Two Golden Calves: From Breaking Israel News

By |November 20th, 2016|In The News|6 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob O’Dell!
Did the recent Trump victory cause you (a) to cry, (b) to celebrate, or (c) to scratch your head and wonder how this is all going to turn out?

Evangelical Christians are divided these days about how much good will be […]

20 11, 2016

Ken Spiro is our Hero!

By |November 20th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi, Theology|4 Comments

One of the Internet and Social Media’s worst anti-Israel activist is Norman Finkelstein. If you haven’t heard of him, that’s not too surprising, as you probably don’t travel in his circles.

Our popular Jewish History teacher, Rabbi Ken Spiro, not only dared to debate this despicable person (a phrase I do not use often, but […]

20 11, 2016

Chayei Sarah – November 26 – 25 Heshvan

By |November 20th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments


This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah), Genesis 23:1 – 25:18, opens with the death of Sarah and her widower Abraham’s mourning for her and especially purchase of the Double Cave (Me’arat Hamachpela) in Hebron in order to bury her. This purchase is recognized as the first acquisition in the […]

11 11, 2016

From Breaking Israel News: The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee – Finally Found?

By |November 11th, 2016|In The News|2 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob and Gidon!
In previous articles we have looked at the Jubilee year from both Jewish and Christian perspectives to examine whether God might be restoring to the world, an identification of the Jubilee calendar as described in Leviticus Chapter 25.

This article […]

11 11, 2016

Gidon Discusses the USA Elections

By |November 11th, 2016|Current Events, Israel|2 Comments

CEO of Root Source Gidon Ariel shares his ideas about the recent USA elections.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enthusiastically congratulated Donald Trump after his upset win. As a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, what are the biggest changes that Netanyahu is hoping to get from Donald Trump relative to Barack Obama?
How is the “left” in […]

11 11, 2016

Vayera – November 19 – 18 Heshvan

By |November 11th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|0 Comments

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayera, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, continues the stories of Abraham, starting with his visit from angels who tell him that God will bless him and his wife Sarah with a son, then describe the destruction of Sodom and Gemorah, and conclude with the important story of Isaac’s Binding (Sacrifice). […]

6 11, 2016

Avinu Shebashamayim: Our Father in Heaven

By |November 6th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|12 Comments

Abigail asked a question about the best known phrase in a well known Christian prayer, and its relationship with Jewish sources.
I understand that the Jewish people, in at least one of their prayers, refer to Hashem as “Avinu Shebashamayim” (our Father in Heaven).
I am wondering when/how that started. Are there verses in the Tanakh […]

5 11, 2016

Lech Lecha – November 12 – 11 Heshvan

By |November 5th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|3 Comments


This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27, introduces Abraham, promises blessing to non-Jews who support Israel (Gen.. 12:3) and tells the world that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews (Gen 12:7 etc etc).. The Haftara Prophets reading, Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16, includes Isaiah 40: 31:
Those who hope in […]

28 10, 2016

Terror Strikes Close: Anti Semitic Arson Attack on Gidon’s Synagogue

By |October 28th, 2016|In The News, Current Events, Israel|6 Comments

Longtime followers of Root Source and other friends of mine know that while Root Source is my main activity, I am active in many other things, including living in a Jewish community (settlement) in Judea and Samaria.

With some of my neighbors, I pray weekly in a synagogue that serves as a memorial for two […]

28 10, 2016

The Future and Animal Sacrifices

By |October 28th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|8 Comments

Our student Vicki asked this quick but far from simple question:
Hi Gidon,
Can you give us a brief account of the wisdom of the sages concerning the future of animal sacrifices in the Third Temple? What do you personally think?
Todah Rabah,
First of all, I will say that Judaism in general is much more this-world focused […]

28 10, 2016

Noah – November 5 – 4 Heshvan

By |October 28th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|2 Comments

This week we read Noah (the “h” should be pronounced more gutturally, like you are clearing your throat), Genesis 6:9 – 11:32. The second portion of Genesis, we read mostly the story of the Flood, but also a bit of Noah’s life story; the population of the world with the 70 nations descended from Noah; […]

23 10, 2016

Jewish View on the Apocrypha

By |October 23rd, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|1 Comment

Our friend Cindy asked the following question:

Hello Gidon,

I realize you are busy with all the fall festivals, and hope you are greatly blessed during this holy time. I would love to be there in Jerusalem on Sukkot to celebrate with all of you.

My reason for contacting you is to ask a question. […]

20 10, 2016

Breshit – October 29 – 27 Tishrei

By |October 20th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|2 Comments

This week we read Breshit (In the beginning of), Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. This is a festive reading, as we are restarting the cycle of reading the entire Torah, some fifty-two portions, one week at a time.

This week’s Prophets reading is from Isaiah 42:5-43:10. The connection to the Breshit reading is its first verse, […]

14 10, 2016

Sukkot 2, Celebrating the Torah

By |October 14th, 2016|video, Theology|7 Comments

Sukkot has so much about it, we needed to produce a second video lesson to cover everything!

In this lesson, Gidon Ariel, director of Root Source, talks about the biblical holy day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, and some of the traditions associated with it, as well as the Simchat Torah celebration.

13 10, 2016

Shabbat of Sukkot Torah Reading

By |October 13th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|11 Comments

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 of […]

10 10, 2016

Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles

By |October 10th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|2 Comments

Gidon produced an educational video lesson about the holiday of Sukkot. In this lesson, Gidon Ariel, director of Root Source, talks about the biblical holy day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, and how it is observed in Israel today.

9 10, 2016

Haazinu – October 15 – 13 Tishrei

By |October 9th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|2 Comments

This week we read Ha’azinu (Listen!), Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52. As introduced in last week’s reading, Moses concludes his messages from God to the Israelites just before they enter the Land. As God warns over and over, the People will forget about their covenant with God and ultimately be exiled. But God will bring them […]

30 09, 2016

The Gideon 300

By |September 30th, 2016|Current Events|17 Comments

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 […]

30 09, 2016

In Memoriam: Shimon Peres

By |September 30th, 2016|video|0 Comments

Today is Friday, and moments ago the funeral of Shimon Peres came to a close. Shimon Peres was one of Israel’s founding fathers, and Gidon Ariel was interviewed by Paul Calvert for his radio program about this giant–if controversial–Israeli and world statesman:

30 09, 2016

Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement

By |September 30th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|6 Comments

Judaism has a whole bunch of holidays, most from the Bible going back thousands of years.

Yom Kippur, literally the Day of Atonement, is one of the most important holidays, but there is a lot about it that is not well known.

Gidon Ariel teaches about some of the basics of this important holiday.

Your comments and […]

30 09, 2016

Vayelech – October 8 – 6 Tishrei

By |September 30th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|3 Comments

This week we read Vayelech (And He Went), Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30. This is the weekly portion with the fewest verses, and is often combined with the previous week’s portion, Nitzavim. In the parashah, Moses tells the Israelites to be strong and courageous, as God and Joshua would soon lead them into the Promised Land. […]

25 09, 2016

Unetaneh Tokef – Let Us Now Relate The Power

By |September 25th, 2016|Israel|6 Comments

We have prepared a video lesson about Rosh Hashanah, including most of the main themes of the holiday.

I have just heard a famous rendition of one of the most famous of the Rosh Hashanah prayers, and I hope some of you might be able to taste a bit of the striking beauty and significance […]

22 09, 2016

Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year

By |September 22nd, 2016|video, Theology|8 Comments

Judaism has a whole bunch of holidays, most from the Bible going back thousands of years.

Rosh Hashanah, literally the head or beginning of the year, is one of the most important holidays, but there is a lot about it that is not well known.

Gidon Ariel teaches about some of the basics of this important […]

22 09, 2016

Nitzavim – October 1 – 28 Elul

By |September 22nd, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|2 Comments

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 […]

18 09, 2016

Ki Tavo – September 24 – 21 Elul

By |September 18th, 2016|Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading|7 Comments


This is the first post in a new category – Weekly Torah Readings.

We are not sure how this is going to develop, so we really want and need your feedback on it! Please leave your comments below.


Every week, the Jewish tradition call for a portion of the Torah – the Five Books of Moses […]

15 09, 2016

The Aaronic Blessing

By |September 15th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|3 Comments

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 is it […]

15 09, 2016

Special Video: Gidon Teaches the Aaronic Blessing

By |September 15th, 2016|video, Theology|3 Comments

From time to time, we share a video lesson that is ordinarily only available to channel subscribers.
Here is your chance to have a taste of Gidon Ariel’s “Pray Like A Jew” channel.
We hope you like it – please leave your comments below!
And if your appetite is whetted, subscribe to the channel!

12 09, 2016

Foreigners and Sojourners

By |September 12th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|9 Comments

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 back […]

4 09, 2016

The Number of Temples

By |September 4th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|18 Comments

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.
Then a second temple is built during Zerubabel’s time?
Yes, Ezra and Nehemiah. The return of […]

21 08, 2016

Women in Israel

By |August 21st, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|3 Comments

Adassa asked:
can a single woman visit Israel?
Hi Adassa, thanks for asking!

I am not sure where you live, because Israel is really exactly like any other western country in this respect (as in most respects). There is no discrimination of any kind in Israel, for any reason, including gender and marital status. There are precautions […]

21 08, 2016

Ken Spiro explains Jewish attitudes towards Christians

By |August 21st, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|3 Comments

In this special lesson on the “Jewish History, Jewish Future” channel, our teacher Rabbi Ken Spiro gets a little personal and a lot philosophical and explains something that is often like a closed book to Christians: What do Jews think about us?

Ken tries to answer the question of why many Christians are fascinated with […]

21 08, 2016

Meet Rabbi Ken Spiro, Jewish History Teacher Extraordinaire

By |August 21st, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|1 Comment

We at Root Source are proud to host Rabbi Ken Spiro as our resident Jewish History teacher. Ken is arguably the most popular Hebrew teacher in the world(!), specializing in teaching Jewish History on the Internet for over a decade.

Here is a link to the trailer of Ken’s Root Source channel, “Jewish History, Jewish […]

16 08, 2016

From Breaking Israel News: Jubilee – the Year of the Lord’s Favor?

By |August 16th, 2016|In The News|2 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob and Gidon!
Earlier in this series, we examined the Ninth of Av (observed this year on Sunday, August 14, 2016), the quintessential day of tragedy for the Jewish people, and invited Christians to join Jews in prayer on this day. Today we […]

15 08, 2016

Israelite, Hebrew, and Jew

By |August 15th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|5 Comments

Chris asked:
I’d like to better understand that evolution of the words Israelite, Hebrew, and Jew. My grandmother and I have spoken about our lack of understanding in the Old Testament how these names came about. Jacob and Israel is obvious, but where/when did the name Hebrew come about and/or why? Same with the name/title […]

1 08, 2016

Raise Your Hand

By |August 1st, 2016|Theology|3 Comments

A short while ago, I discovered a beautiful music video that touched my heart.
It really connects you to the Jewish People, the People of God, and I think that is something that all of us here can agree upon!
Watch it here:

Raise your hand if you were running out of Egypt
Raise your hand […]

1 08, 2016


By |August 1st, 2016|Theology|0 Comments

We are excited – thrilled! – to announce that we have published our SECOND BOOK!

Root Source Press, after its first Christian Prophecy bestseller Israel FIRST!, is now releasing

Jubilee NOW!

We are still working on the website www.Jubilee-NOW-Book.com, which will be similar to www.Israel-FIRST-book.com, but until then you can order the book directly from the following […]

1 08, 2016

When is Yom Kippur This Year?

By |August 1st, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|5 Comments

Linda wrote:
When is Yom Kippur in 2016? My calendar on the wall shows October 12. My pamphlet on Jewish Feasts shows October 12.

However, on the website: TorahCalendar.com shows September 10.

I had a similar problem this year with Passover being in April.

Where can I find a true Hebrew calendar like Israel uses?

Thanks for […]

1 08, 2016

Tisha Be’Av: Day of Calamity, Prayer for Redemption

By |August 1st, 2016|video, Israel|1 Comment

On Sunday, August 14th, the Jewish People will observe Tisha Be’Av, the somber fast day of remembrance for many and all calamities and tragedies that befell the Jewish People.

Many Christian friends of Israel and the Jewish People are considering praying or fasting as a sign of fraternity and identification with the Jews on this […]

24 07, 2016

Free Lesson from David Ha’Ivri!

By |July 24th, 2016|video, Theology|0 Comments

David Haivri introduces himself, his family, and his village in a very personal way. He gives us a tour of his farm, about a 45 minute drive north of Jerusalem in Samaria. David’s farm is near Shechem, the exact place where Abraham first entered the land!

In this video not only do you see his […]

22 07, 2016

What is Root Source? An Interview with Paul Bernard

By |July 22nd, 2016|Root Source Interviews, video|1 Comment

Gidon recently gave an interview to Paul Bernard, a radio show host, about the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer and about Root Source.

For the Lag Baomer holiday interview, go here.

And here is the Root Source interview, we hope you enjoy it!

22 07, 2016

Who is a Jew?

By |July 22nd, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|8 Comments

Mary Beth read our last Ask The Rabbi column, which dealt with DNA testing, and had some comments which she posted on our Facebook page.

Here is our back-and-forth, as of this writing – it might expand!
Mary Beth wrote:
I find both fascinating and frustrating that someone with deep Jewish ancestry is not considered Jewish. I […]

17 07, 2016

A Visit to the Temple Mount

By |July 17th, 2016|Root Source Tours, video|2 Comments

In this video, Gidon Ariel gives background information about Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and a bit of discussion about its status today, and concludes with a report from a visit he took together with Amichai and Rina Ariel, parents of Hallel who was murdered by terrorists in June 2016.

For more information about this special visit […]

17 07, 2016

DNA Testing and Jewish Roots

By |July 17th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|23 Comments

Abigail Wolfer wrote:
I am curious. Since there was so much dispersing among the nations, and especially when you add the forced conversions, isn’t quite likely that many of us who are considered Gentiles/Goyim actually do have at least some Jewish blood within us?

I know there are DNA tests to help identify bloodlines (not necessarily […]

10 07, 2016

The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee: Part XXIII – Why Day Ten?

By |July 10th, 2016|In The News|0 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative oped by Bob and Gidon!

In part 22 of this series we showed the Biblical basis for the Jubilee year to begin in Fall, even though God told the Israelites that the religious calendar begins in Spring. But as we move from Exodus into Leviticus […]

3 07, 2016

From Breaking Israel News: Part XXII – Let’s Be Civil

By |July 3rd, 2016|In The News|2 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative oped by Bob and Gidon!

In part 21 of this series we discussed the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union as a key Jubilee event in their history. In this article, we move on from Genesis chapter 6 to Exodus, and land on a […]

28 06, 2016

Ten MILLION hits at root-source.com!!

By |June 28th, 2016|Current Events|0 Comments

Can you believe it?
Look what WordPress is telling us!

Please help us celebrate! Tell a friend or two about Root Source so we will get to the twenty million mark that much faster!

24 06, 2016

Root Source fans in Norway!

By |June 24th, 2016|Root Source Interviews, video|0 Comments

Our good friend Britt Lode from Norway visited Jerusalem last week, and interviewed Gidon about Root Source.

We bring you that interview, taken in front of the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, and a bonus: she interviewed our beloved teacher David Ha’Ivri as well!

17 06, 2016

Timeline of Jewish History

By |June 17th, 2016|Israel|3 Comments

I had used a captivating graphic to add an image to a newsletter item recently, and some of our readers asked for its source.

I am happy to bring it here! It is created and maintained by Ronen Rabinovici, and while I cannot say that that I have reviewed all similar resources, I would be […]

15 06, 2016

Why God Created Teachers

By |June 15th, 2016|Israel|0 Comments

This is a little out of our regular fare, but my cousin asked me to translate this lovely poem and I think our regular audience will like it in English as well!
(here is the link to the PDF file: https://root-source.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Why-God-Made-Teachers.pdf)

9 06, 2016

Miriam, Moses sister

By |June 9th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|1 Comment

Vivian wrote:
Shalom.. I have been studying women of the Old Testament.. In some midrash, it was mentioned that Miriam did not speak during the wandering in the desert after getting punished for speaking ill of her brother Moses.. However, there was a living well of water that followed her.. Any insights into this would […]

6 06, 2016

Correct Translation of Song of Songs 2:7

By |June 6th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|1 Comment

Our student Betty asked:
This morning our pastor was doing a teaching from Chapter 2 of the Song of Solomon. As he read verse 7 from the King James Version of the Bible at the end of the verse when the speaker was saying ‘nor awake my love, TILL HE PLEASE’. In my New American […]

5 06, 2016

The Miraculous Six Day War!

By |June 5th, 2016|video, Israel|1 Comment

If there’s one video you watch of the Six Day War, this is it! The incredible miracles leading to Israel’s quick victory against all the Arab nations will simply astound you, and increase your faith in God who watches over His Land and His People.

Thanks to our good friend Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel and […]

5 06, 2016

Miracles in Israel in Our Day

By |June 5th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|5 Comments

Pam wrote:
We have made 2 trips to Israel in recent years.  We were last there in January of this year.  Having been there before, I thought I knew what to expect, but this year we started our trip at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv and the whole tone of my trip changed.  I was […]

5 06, 2016

From Breaking Israel News: Jubilee and… 6000 Years?

By |June 5th, 2016|In The News|4 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative oped by Bob and Gidon!

In this article, we move on from Genesis chapter 5 to chapter 6, and land on a verse that is now seen as one of the most famous, and briefest prophecy texts on earth:
Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall […]

29 05, 2016

The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee: Part XIX – Adam’s Jubilee

By |May 29th, 2016|In The News|0 Comments

Breaking Israel News once again has published a new article by Bob:
The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee: Part XIX – Adam’s Jubilee

Today we are going to look for the Bible’s very first hint of a Jubilee, and we are going to do that through the life of its very first human, Adam. Not only […]

29 05, 2016

God, Moses, Zipporah and Circumcision

By |May 29th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|7 Comments

This week, Vicki Stewart from Auburn, Alabama, USA asks:
Can you explain the verses from Exodus 4:24 – 25 where it seems that the Lord was going to kill Moses over the circumcision or lack of it for the children and why Zipporah did the circumcision and said what she did to Moses?

Also, what exactly […]

29 05, 2016

Congratulations to our teacher, MK Rabbi Yehudah Glick!

By |May 29th, 2016|Current Events|1 Comment

We were so happy to announce the great news about our good friend, Root Source teacher Rabbi Yehudah Glick, who was inducted to the Knesset last week.

We gave you an opportunity to sign a Congratulations card to him, and over FOUR HUNDRED of you did! That is wonderful!

Next week, with God’s help, Bob and Gidon will […]

25 05, 2016

What is Lag Ba’Omer?

By |May 25th, 2016|Israel|0 Comments

One of the lesser known Jewish holidays, that has had a reflowering in the modern State of Israel, is Lag Ba’Omer – the thirty third day of the counting of the Omer, as commanded in Leviticus 23:15-16:
You shall count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought […]

15 05, 2016

Dates of Passover in First Century

By |May 15th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|0 Comments

Bernard F Brzostek Jr asks:
Could you please tell me where I can find a list for the exact day Passover began in the years between BC10 – AD40.
Thank you, and GOD Bless.
Thanks for asking Bernard!

I have done some googling for you and found these two sites:



this calculator might be helpful too:


but mostly your question, […]

15 05, 2016

The Mercy Seat

By |May 15th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|0 Comments

Linda Folsom from San Antonio, Texas, USA asks:
Would you explain what the Mercy Seat represents in the Old Testament and also for Christians today?
Thank you in advance and thank you for sharing your divine wisdom with me.
Thanks for writing Linda!
I admit, at first I did not know what you were referring to:-)
The Hebrew translation […]

15 05, 2016

Is this the year 6000?

By |May 15th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|4 Comments

Rony Aguilar López wrote:
Reading the Bible, it is easy to prove that this is year 6000, the 120th Jubilee.
Why do people say this is year 5776 and the Jubilee?
Yes some people believe that we are at exactly 6000 years this year. However, there is great debate in the chronology.
However, it seems to me that […]

11 05, 2016

Ten Lost Tribes, Britain and America

By |May 11th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|7 Comments

Diane wrote:
Some people believe that the ten lost tribes of Israel have become Britain and America. That teaching also says that Jews and Israelites are two different things as far as the line of David’s throne goes. I’m doing research to put together an article to settle this thing. I don’t believe Scripture teaches […]

8 05, 2016

Latest from Breaking Israel News: Jubilee and… Disaster!

By |May 8th, 2016|In The News|0 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is host to another innovative op ed by Bob and Gidon!
In part 17 of this series we saw that Benjamin Netanyahu held the first-ever Israeli cabinet meeting on the other side of the Jordan River in the Golan Heights, and declared that the Golan will forever be part of […]

8 05, 2016

The New Testament and the Jews

By |May 8th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|18 Comments

Welcome to the first article in our Ask the Rabbi feature, and thanks to Carol, it’s a doozy!:-)

Here’s the question that Carol posed:
Hello and thank you for taking my question. I’d really like to know, why do you stop at the Old Testament and never move forward into the New Testament? It’s definitely a […]

1 05, 2016

The Jubilee and the Golan Heights

By |May 1st, 2016|Israel|3 Comments

A new op ed article has been published by Breaking Israel News, written by Bob and Gidon, focusing on an event that you probably missed!

But you won’t want to miss the article:-)

Read about the Golan, Jubilee and… Benjamin Netanyahu!

1 05, 2016

Root Source Interviews General Uzi Dayan

By |May 1st, 2016|Root Source Interviews, video|3 Comments

General Uzi Dayan is a living legend in a country overflowing with living legends.

He commanded “Sayeret Matkal,” Israel’s top commando unit, and went on to be the Deputy Chief of Staff of the entire Israeli Army, the IDF.

Since his retirement from the army, he has been focusing on education Israelis as to the importance […]

1 05, 2016

Israel FIRST! at the UN?!

By |May 1st, 2016|In The News|0 Comments

If you are reading this, chances are you have also read our first Root Source Press book, Israel FIRST! (And if you haven’t, go buy it here!)

We were blessed to get endorsements from numerous Christian and Israeli leaders, including Canon Andrew White, Mark Biltz, and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein.

One of Gidon’s best […]

24 04, 2016

Trailblazing research of Root Source about Jubilee

By |April 24th, 2016|In The News|0 Comments

Breaking Israel News has been publishing our op-ed pieces about Jubilee, and this week’s installment is especially exciting.

While the actual conclusions are not completely… conclusive:-), the publication of some of the details there are made public in English for the first time!

We welcome you to see for yourself!

17 04, 2016

Ask The Rabbi

By |April 17th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi|2 Comments

NOTE: This is a “sticky post.” Select it to read how the Add The Rabbi feature came about here in Root Source.
To see the Ask The Rabbi questions and answers, scroll down and select the one you are interested in. They are listed in order they were posted, last to first. Enjoy!


Our top value […]

17 04, 2016

Mark Twain and the Jubilee? Who’d have thought?

By |April 17th, 2016|In The News|0 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News is featuring an article in the series “The Mystery of the Jubilee.”

In this article, we bring responses of a few readers, including those who have done their own independent research on the topic, and shed light on it.

Read, for example, what reader Hal Brooks had to say:
“I have enjoyed […]

17 04, 2016

A Free Lesson about Passover from Rabbi Gedalia Meyer

By |April 17th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi, video|3 Comments

Passover. Passover is probably the best known Jewish holiday. Everybody knows it is Passover. The Hebrew word is Pesach – a word which is surprisingly difficult to translate. While the standard translation is still the favorite, there are others. In translating this word, perhaps we will find another image of God.

Enjoy this lesson from […]

10 04, 2016

The World’s Oldest Man

By |April 10th, 2016|In The News|2 Comments

With all the front page news happening in and about Israel, from time to time a human interest story really grabs our attention.

We saw this short piece on Israel TV and thought we’d share it with you by translating it and embedding English captions, and posting it on Youtube.

And as general human interest as […]

3 04, 2016

The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee: Part XIV – Jubilee on a Mission

By |April 3rd, 2016|In The News|5 Comments

Once again, Breaking Israel News has published the latest installment of our Jubilee series.

Read this fascinating article and leave a comment there or here – we’d love to hear what you think!