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Explaing Israel and Seeking Peace in the Middle East

Explaining Israel and Seeking Peace in the Middle East

Question: How can we explain and justify Israel to our gentile friends, and what is the solution to peace with the Arabs in the Middle East? Rabbi Ari Shvat answered: The Tanach, Chazal, history, and logic show that it’s unwise and immoral to give in to a violent person, nation, or religion. Instead, one should […]

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Finding Meaning Amidst Tragedy: A Jewish Perspective

Finding Meaning Amidst Tragedy: A Jewish Perspective When terror struck Israel on October 7th, killing over 1500, difficult questions weighed heavily on the Jewish community worldwide. In the wake of such tragedies, many naturally search for meaning and understanding. In response to a question asked about finding meaning after the recent terrorist attack in Israel,

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Campus Debates

Image Credit: www.al-fanarmedia.org Navigating Campus Debates: Simplifying the Israel-Hamas Issue Question: We’re facing a serious problem on our university campus as we engage in debates with large pro-Palestinian groups regarding the war in Gaza. Do you have any suggestions? Rabbi Ari Shvat answered: It’s best to simplify the issue with two clear and undebatable (unless

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Is it true that if someone claims to smell the scent of Moshiach, they will be killed?

Is it true that if someone claims to smell the scent of Moshiach, they will be killed?   Our friend Sinem asked: Dear Rabbi, I am looking for a verse about Moshiach. “When someone says he can smell the scent of Moshiach, he will be killed”. Is there such information in Judaic texts? Thank you, Dear

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Malachi 3:10, tell what that means to you in regarding to tithing?

What does Malachi 3:10 means to you regarding tithing? Our friend Shelly asked:: Speaking of finances….Malachi 3:10….tell what that means to you in regarding to tithing? Gidon’s answer:This is one of the most famous verses in the Bible regarding tithing, and Jewish sources point out that it is the only time we are allowed to test

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Introduction to Jewish Prayer

Was this evening, morning or noon? on lesson Introduction to Jewish Prayer

Was this evening, morning or noon? on lesson Introduction to Jewish Prayer Here is a question we got from our friend Dr. Dianne Hoffman in our lesson https://root-source.com/lesson/introduction-to-jewish-prayer/ about what the bible means when it says “hours.” Your comments are appreciated! Question:Interesting. Thank you. Daniel prayed evening, morning and noon. In the New Testament we

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How do you celebrate Simchat Torah?

How do you celebrate Simchat Torah? Question: How do you celebrate Simchat Torah? Answer: I always encourage people to use Wikipedia and Jewfaq, which do a pretty good job of describing Jewish holidays and concepts. Chabad.org too: https://www.jewfaq.org/holiday6.htmhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simchat_Torahhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shemini_Atzerethttps://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4689/jewish/shemini-atzeret-simchat-torah.htm This is not a biblical mandate, right? But a traditional one celebrating when Torah was given and I

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Gidon – why don’t you ask Jesus to reveal himself to you?

Gidon – why don’t you ask Jesus to reveal himself to you? A dangerous suggestion! Our reader Megan asked the following question as a comment on https://root-source.com/blog/gidon-ariel-of-root-source-explains/Gideon – why don’t you ask Jesus to reveal himself to you? A dangerous suggestion! Here’s Gidon’s response: Hi Megan, thanks for writing!From time to time I get such a

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Q & A about Jewish cemeteries and 5-branch menorah

A contemporary Candelabrum (Menorah, Hebrew: מנורה) in the style of a traditional Menorah. Seen here with eight candles lit (the ninth candle is the service, Shamash, Hebrew: שמש), used during the Jewish Hanukkah holiday, 2014, United Kingdom. Photo by Gil Dekel. http://www.poeticmind.co.uk Q & A about Jewish cemeteries and 5-branch menorah Question Last week while

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The burnt offering was done in the Temple courtyard on the brazen altar, were the sacrifices for sin offered on the same altar?

  Donna wrote: Thank you for being such a light! My question concerns the different sacrifices. The burnt offering was done, (I think), 3 times a day in the Temple courtyard on the brazen altar. Were the sacrifices for sin offered on the same altar or somewhere else? I will study more, but I’m not

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ASK RABBI TULY: WHY IS THE HOLIDAY CALLED ‘PASSOVER?’

EXODUS 23:15 “You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread” says the Bible, so why do we refer to the holiday as ‘Passover?’ Rabbi Tuly provides a Jewish teaching that explains the difference between the two names and gets to the very heart of what this special festival is all about. Unleavened Bread, or Matzah

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