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Christians Are Studying Torah – In Israel And Online – To Get Closer to Jesus by Naomi Zeveloff

We are pleased to share with you this article written by Naomi Zeveloff of the Forward. Shelly Jones, a 41-year-old occupational therapy assistant from Melissa, a suburb of Dallas, was sitting in church when she found herself moved to tears. There was a special guest at First Melissa, Jones’s Baptist congregation that Sunday, about two …

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Gidon Comments on the Passing of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

From Gidon: One of my heroes and role models, and THE great trailblazer in Jewish-Christian relations, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein died this past Tuesday. He founded the International Fellowship of Christians of Jews (IFCJ), which has been a great supporter of Jewish immigration, the poor in Israel (not just the Jewish poor), and was a pioneer …

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Hanukkah Waxes Rhapsodic

Last night, Sunday night, December 2 2018, Jews and their friends all over the world lit the first Hanukkah candle, towards eight days and nights celebrating this well known happy holiday. Here is a video produced by a popular Jewish acapella group called Six13, parodying a popular song from the 1970’s. It was released last …

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Our Response To Pittsburgh: #ShowUpForShabbat

On Saturday, October 26, 2018, an antisemitic terrorist attacked a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and murdered eleven Jews and wounded dozens others. This was the worst antisemitic act in US history, and it is too early to guess what ramifications it will have for American Jews and the United States in general. But Root Source …

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Redemption of the Firstborn – An Exciting Firsthand Look

Gidon allows Root Source to film a very special event in the life of his family — Gidon’s first grandson Nachman, his daughter Shira Rina, and his son-in-law Ori, participating in the redemption of the firstborn ceremony with the tribe of Levi, held in their backyard succah. In Hebrew it is called the Pidyon HaBen. …

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Gidon Shows you his Backyard View and Succah in 2014 and 2018

A few weeks after we started Root Source, Gidon asked one of his sons to hold the video camera while he invited the world to come to his Succah. You can sense the openness in the heart of Gidon that has always been present from the beginning of Root Source, in this very brief video. …

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GiftsJDP2018

Welcome to the Free Gifts page of John David Pitcher, Jr, who has given Root Source Newsletter subscribers THREE wonderful gifts relating to the Midrash of Our Forefather Paul!   Click on the link below to download or display the PDF file: Gift #1:  The Oldest Midrash – All the Shared Words – Framework – …

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Mazel Tov! Congratulations! Gidon is a Grandfather!

We’ve been keeping it a secret, but Gidon was expecting his first grandchild, with the first day of Rosh Hashanah (September 10) as the due date. First of all, here is a picture of my daughter Shira Rina (that means “Joyous Song” in Hebrew) with her husband Ori (that means “My Light”). Well, “Man plans …

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9th of Av 2018 – Presentation to Israeli Consul Gilad Katz in USA

The Tisha B’Av 2018 declaration and signatures are presented to Gilad Katz, the Israeli Consul General by Bob O’Dell of Root Source. Gilad Katz runs the Israeli Consulate over a region of six states including Texas. After Bob tell’s his story, Gilad Katz makes a suggestion that Bob is not expecting to hear, resulting in …

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