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.

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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Weekly Torah Study: Vayelech

Vayelech: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Our popular Root Source teacher Rabbi Gedalia Meyer has begun giving a short weekly teaching on the Weekly Portion for the Temple Institute. We are grateful to our friends at the Temple Institute who have allowed us to provide Rabbi Meyer’s teachings here too. If you’ve never been to 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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Can Orthodox Jews Help Christians Know Jesus Better? Gidon Ariel of Root Source Explains

Can Orthodox Jews Help Christians Know Jesus Better? Gidon Ariel of Root Source Explains In this episode of “Keeping it Israel” Jeff interviews Gidon Ariel, an Orthodox Jew who has a unique passion to reconnect Christians to the “Root Source” of Christianity. Gidon talks about his long journey from from Queens NY, to Hebron, and …

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Shabbat Nachamu

Shabbat Candles Shabbat Nachamu Isaiah 40:1 Comfort, oh comfort My people The Torah is always very careful to use words sparingly and not to repeat even a single word unnecessarily. If so, why is the word “comfort” repeated twice in this verse? The prophecy considers the future destructions of both the first and the second …

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Parashat Devarim

Philippoteaux Moses speaks to Israel Parashat Devarim Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22This portion marks the beginning of the final book of the Torah. After leading the Children of Israel valiantly through the desert for forty years, Moses prepares to part from the people. What follows in the book of Deuteronomy is his farewell speech, delivered over the final …

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Exciting news! Root Source Press publishes its first book in a foreign Language!

Exciting news! Root Source Press publishes its first book in a foreign Language! Our historic books published in 2019, “The LIST: Persecution of Jews by Christians Throughout History” and “40 Days of Repentance: A Companion Guide to The LIST” made a big impact on everyone who read them. One such person, Nel Ooijen, was so …

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Who’s On First?

Beautiful Spiritual Art by Michelle Katz Who’s on First? This week’s music: https://youtu.be/SmcVxsQcqhg “We Are B’nai Yisrael” performed by Chanan EliasMusic and Lyrics Bob Stark Who’s On First?      As I was learning the third aliyah in this week’s Torah portion of “Pinchas,” something struck me about the similarity between Pinchas and the woodchopper …

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Parashat Matot-Masei

Encampment of Israelites, Mount Sinai Parashat Matot-Masei Numbers 4:21-7:89 The portion of Nasso is the longest single portion in the Torah (the combined portions of Matot-Masei, when they are read together, are longer). It continues listing the responsibilities of the various families of Levites which began in Bamidbar. From there, it elaborates on several laws, including …

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