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.

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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EOQ2 Board Meeting

EOQ2 Board Meeting Minutes of Root Source Board Meeting EOQ1 2021 Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – PDF Airtable – Grid view First Melissa Support Report Root Source April 1 2021 – PDF 2020 Annual Report – Root Source – PDF https://root-source.com/2020-annual-report/ @@TODO Gidon Mar 2020 WHO’S IT FOR; WHAT’S IT FOR – PDF (169) EOQ12021 …

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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 believe you …

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Shemini Atzeret

Shemini Atzeret The holiday of Sukkot is followed by an independent holiday called Shemini Atzeret. In Israel, this is a one-day holiday; in the Diaspora it is a two-day holiday, and the second day is known as Simchat Torah. This holiday is characterized by utterly unbridled joy, which reaches its climax on Simchat Torah, when …

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MUST-SEE VIDEO Holocaust Survivor, Irving’s Final Warning

MUST-SEE VIDEO Holocaust Survivor, Irving’s Final Warning Our friends at Israel Collective have produced what they call their, “most important film.” Irving’s Final Warning is a gripping documentary featuring Holocaust Survivor and recently passed, Irving Roth.You simply must see it as soon as possible. Please share with your family, friends, and colleagues. Pastors and Rabbis, …

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Yom Kippur

Maurycy Gottlieb – Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur Yom Kippur Our portion begins with the Yom Kippur service. God tells Moses to relate to Aaron and his surviving sons that they are not to enter the Holy of Holies, separated from the rest of the Tabernacle by a curtain, except on the …

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What’s the story about Jews?

What’s the story about Jews? From time to time, I would even say frequently, Christians ask me about Jews, their opinions and their beliefs. How Jews can hold non-biblical religious and political views is very confusing. I recently came across a landmark Pew Forum report about Israeli Jews’ opinions and positions. You can take this …

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The Prize Winning Story – Exclusive Book Launch A Week From Sunday!

The Prize Winning Story – Exclusive Book Launch A Week From Sunday! Here’s an excerpt: Captain had killed the engine. We were mid-lake, not moving. “We made Aliyah May 14, 1983, thirty-five years to the day that Israel became a nation,” Terri said. Eric arced his arm over the Lake. “We love the sheer beauty …

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A Beautiful Song from our Friend Merla Watson

A Beautiful Song from our Friend Merla Watson Merla and Merv Watson have been pioneers in Christian Zionism for over fifty years! And as you can tell from this video (uncharacteristically featuring only Merla; Merv must have been busy at the time defending Israel on Facebook or something:-) they are fabulously talented performers! I thought this …

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Parashat Nitzavim

Cirrocumulus to Altocumulus Parashat Nitzavim This week’s portion is one of the shortest in the Torah, with a mere 40 verses (next week’s Vayelech has only 30). Even when the two are combined, which happens most years, they number fewer verses than most other single portions. The verses themselves, however, are longer than those in …

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Parashat Ki Tavo

Thank offering unto the Lord Parashat Ki Tavo This week’s portion contains the extended blessings and curses which the Children of Israel will earn, depending on whether they keep or violate God’s covenant. It also details the ceremony of the first fruits which must be brought to the Temple, as well as the declaration over …

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Forty Days of Repentance

Forty Days of Repentance Two years ago, Root Source published “40 Days of Repentance: A Companion Guide to The LIST.”  We encouraged readers to use it as a tool of repentance leading up to Tisha B’Av or to Yom Kippur.Yom Kippur this year is on Thursday, September 16, and we are happy to offer the book …

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Parashat Ki Tavo

Thank offering unto the Lord Parashat Ki Tavo This week’s portion contains the extended blessings and curses which the Children of Israel will earn, depending on whether they keep or violate God’s covenant. It also details the ceremony of the first fruits which must be brought to the Temple, as well as the declaration over …

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Parashat Ki Teitzei

Crompton Deut 25-4 thou shalt not muzzle the ox Parashat Ki Teitzei This week’s portion covers an array of commandments for a variety of circumstances, from marriage and relationships to caring for the less fortunate. Some of the commandments pertain to man’s relationship with God, but most of them address the relationship between fellow humans. …

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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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Parashat Shoftim

Scale of justice Parashat Shoftim Continuing Moses’s farewell address to the Children of Israel, this week’s portion deals extensively with the legal system the people must establish when they enter the land. From courts to kings and priests to false witnesses and murderers, the portion details what God expects the people to do in each …

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Gidon discusses Elul, the Hebrew month of Repentance

Gidon discusses Elul, the Hebrew month of Repentance Last year Gidon had a Zoom gathering with the Bethany Center in McKinney Texas, instead of going there in person as he had been doing for years until Covid struck.   We never got a chance to post the recording of that meeting. We are posting it …

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Parashat Re’eh

Jerusalem Ugglan Parashat Re’eh This week’s portion focuses on changes which will take place upon the people’s entry into Israel. First, they are told to wipe out all forms of idolatry which remain from the land’s previous inhabitants. They are then told God will set aside a special place for them to serve Him. Moses …

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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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Parashat Eikev

The second paragraph of שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל‎ Parashat Eikev Deuteronomy 7:12 And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, Hashem your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers Deuteronomy 11:25 No man shall stand up to you: Hashem your God will put the dread …

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