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.

Dr. Richard Booker and Gidon Ariel in Conversation

Dr. Richard Booker and Gidon Ariel in Conversation Gidon Ariel and Dr. Richard Booker have been enjoying each others’ company and engaging in friendly open conversations for months, and this week we initiate featuring these conversations in our weekly newsletter. In this week’s conversation: Gidon explores the “Table of Contents” of the New Testament and …

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Chanukah: All about the holiday

Chanukah: All about the holiday Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple (as you’ll read below). Also spelled Hanukkah (or variations of that spelling), the Hebrew word is actually pronounced with …

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Gidon Ariel, Root Source, Part 2 of 2

Gidon Ariel interviewed on “Core Principles” Podcast Part 2 My friend Clay Howerton interviewed me for his popular podcast Core Principles a few weeks ago. He split the interview into two episodes. Here is part one, and here is part two. Please listen to the link below and tell us what you think!https://core.buzzsprout.com/1146671/9513705-gidon-ariel-root-source-part-2-of-2

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! Hannukkah is actually next week, and Thanksgiving is in a few days, but here is a very enjoyable video that we found that celebrates both! We’d love to hear your comments!

A Very Important Talk by Dennis Prager

A Very Important Talk by Dennis Prager Our good friends Merv and Merla Watson shared this Youtube presentation that the famous speaker Dennis Prager gave at Awaken Church about a month ago. In this powerful message, Dennis Prager, Founder of PragerU, discusses various topics including politics, religion, human nature and more. I hope you’ll like …

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Parashat Vayeshev

Parashat Vayeshev Genesis 37:1–40:23 Jacob settles in Hebron with his twelve sons. His favorite is seventeen-year-old Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of the preferential treatment he receives from his father, such as a precious many-colored coat that Jacob makes for Joseph. Joseph relates to his brothers two of his dreams which foretell that he is …

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What Was Jesus’ Favourite Book? Gidon Ariel Talks to Jeff About The “Bible” in the First Century

What Was Jesus’ Favourite Book? Gidon Ariel Talks to Jeff About The “Bible” in the First Century If someone asked you, “What was Jesus’ favorite book,” how would you respond? In this episode of Keeping It Israel Jeff Futers of First Century Foundations talks to Gidon Ariel, an Israeli Orthodox Jew and founder of Root …

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Gidon Ariel interviewed on “Core Principles” Podcast

Gidon Ariel interviewed on “Core Principles” Podcast Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my new friend, Clay Howerton, who interviews people of interest on his podcast. Please listen on the link below and tell us what you think! https://core.buzzsprout.com/1146671/9512605-gidon-ariel-root-source

Parshat Vayetzei

Parshat Vayetzei Genesis 28:10–32:3 Jacob leaves his hometown of Beersheba and journeys to Charan. On the way, he encounters “the place” and sleeps there, dreaming of a ladder connecting heaven and earth, with angels climbing and descending on it; G‑d appears and promises that the land upon which he lies will be given to his descendants. In the morning, Jacob raises the stone on which he laid his head …

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Parashat Vayera

Parashat Vayera Our portion continues the story of Abraham as he establishes the foundation for the Jewish nation. Having circumcised himself at God’s command, he now encounters three visitors as he recuperates. Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed in this portion, and Abraham and Sarah find themselves sojourning in Gerar. The birth of Isaac is recorded …

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Q3 2021 Board Meeting

Q3 2021 Board Meeting Minutes of Root Source Board Meeting EOQ3 2021 Friday, October 01, 2021 Balances 2021 and Report Worksheets Q3 First Melissa Support Report Root Source Oct 1 2021 2020 Annual Report – Root Source Q2 2021 Board Meeting Q1 2021 Board Meeting Minutes of Root Source Board Meeting EOQ1 2021 Wednesday, April …

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Parashat Noach

Parashat Noach Genesis 6:9–11:32 G‑d instructs Noah—the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption—to build a large wooden teivah (“ark”), coated within and without with pitch. A great deluge, says G‑d, will wipe out all life from the face of the earth; but the ark will float upon the water, sheltering …

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How can one who simply agrees be greater than the original blesser?

How can one who simply agrees be greater than the original blesser? Question: Hola Gidon and Shalom,I saw this fascinating statement on Chabad.org site today. “ גה”א ימ”ה and סמו”ט אטלי”ס , alluding to גָּ׳דוֹל הָ׳עוֹנֶה אָ׳מֵן, י׳וֹתֵר מִ׳ן הַ׳מְבָרֵךְ (He who answers ‘amen’ is greater than the one who utters the blessing),5”. Obviously I …

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Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah Simchat Torah: September 27-29, 2021 Following the seven joyous days of Sukkot, we come to the happy holiday of Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. In the diaspora, the first day is known by its biblical name, Shemini Atzeret. We still dwell in the sukkah, but without a blessing. Yizkor, the memorial for the departed, is …

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Q2 2021 Board Meeting

Q2 2021 Board Meeting Minutes of Root Source Board Meeting EOQ2 2021 Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Balances 2021 and report worksheets First Melissa Support Report Root Source July 1, 2021 2020 Annual Report – Root Source Q1 2021 Board Meeting Apr 5 2021 Minutes of Root Source Board Meeting EOQ1 2021 Wednesday, April 7, 2021 …

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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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