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!


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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

4 11, 2016

Sukkot Surprises – by Gidon Ariel

By |November 4th, 2016|Ask The Rabbi, Root Source Interviews|0 Comments

Gidon speaks about the UNESCO Surprise regarding the statement that disavows the historical connection between the Temple Mount and the Jewish people.

He also brings out two surprises of his own for two friends in attendance.


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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]