Gidon Ariel is the founder and CEO of Root Source.
Root Source is an organization dedicated to promoting respectful relationships between pro-Israel Christians and Jews. Our flagship program brings knowledgeable, authentic Israeli teachers and curious Christians together to study the Jewish texts and concepts that are foundational to Christian faith.
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. An Orthodox Jew, he has kept Jewish traditions his entire life, and is a seasoned Hebrew and Judaism instructor.
In Israeli politics, Gidon is a delegate to the Likud Party Central Committee (the Merkaz) and ran for the Maale Adumim city council. He also was the coordinator of anti-Disengagement activity in Maale Adumim, and the Mayor’s Advisor for International Affairs. Today, he is a member of the community council in Maale Hever, a Jewish suburb of Hebron, where he moved with his family in 2013.
Gidon Ariel made Aliya from Queens, NY in 1978, and is married to Devra, who was born in Kansas City, MO. They are the happy parents of Elisheva, Akiva, Shira Rina, Chayim Zvi, and Moriyah.
Gidon Ariel is available to speak on Israel political and security issues, Jewish-Christian relations, and any other topics of interest.
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Gidon is uniquely qualified to present issues of interest to your group. Some of these topics, but by no means all of them, are listed below. please contact me if what you are interested in hearing is not listed here.
Hebron — 4000 Years of History: No where on earth is more contested and more fascinating than the city of King David. In this briefing, onsite or at your hotel, Gidon reviews the history of this fascinating place, and how it impacts out lives to this very day. Visitors to Hebron will also visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and time permitting, be Gidon’s guests in his home in Maale Hever!
An Orthodox Jew and Evangelical Christians – Face To Face: During this discussion, I tell my own life story, having made Aliyah (immigration to Israel) at age 14 (without my parents), serving in the IDF and studying in a Yeshiva, and pursuing encounters and relationships with pro-Israel Evangelical Christians. This fascinating hour plus(!) quickly develops into a question and answer period about issues of faith when we discover that the ideas about which we agree to disagree are far outnumbered by those we share.
Current Events – Timeless Prophecies: God’s bible refers to the whole world, but Israel is by far the country that is dealt with most by the Prophets, and this modern State is no less than a realization of God’s plan word for word. During this session, we will study the sources from the Old Testament Prophets and Jewish oral traditions, and map them to today’s headlines. An introduction to the fascinating Bible Codes is provided as well.
All About Israel, Straight From The Settler’s Mouth: Israel gets a lopsided focus by mainstream media, usually not unbiased and hardly ever supportive. If your group is pro-Israel, this hour will give you tools to defend her; if your group is “even-handed,” you will face challenges from a different perspective.
The Overlapping of Christianity and Judaism – Past, Present, and Future: The largest Monotheistic religion meets the first one – and discovers how much they have in common with each other.
We will explore texts from the old Testament echoed in the New one, learn about the lifestyle of Jesus the Rabbi, list the shared interests of Jews and Christians today, and compare traditions relating to the World To Come. We will also clarify where Judaism and Christianity differ, thereby respectfully agreeing to disagree.
Radical Islam and Its Implications: While most adherents of the Muslim religion are peaceful and do not support terror, it is impossible to deny that most terror today has its roots in Radical Islam.
Except for forays into certain blogs and websites, middle Americans are safe from Islamic terror’s long arm… Or are they?
As a resident of the West Bank, a survivor of a terror attack, and an officer in the IDF, I present a perspective that you don’t hear every day, and challenge you to come to terms with a world that since 9/11 will never be the same.
The History and Power of Prayer at the Temple Mount (A Survey of Traditional Jewish Sources): This interactive class gives participants an opportunity to grapple directly with these two topics that are so important in both Jewish and Christian traditions. During the session, descriptions and definitions of new terms and concepts are taught, and the dynamic usually develops into a question and answer period about issues of faith. This program is especially recommended the night before a visit to the Mount is planned.
A briefing on the Temple Mount: Few guides are able to describe the Temple Mount from a religious point of view, fewer still are the Orthodox Jews who are willing and able to do so for Christians on this holiest of sites. As a veteran “oleh” to Har Habayit, I can present our modern day pilgrims with a guided walk combining archaeological and historical facts and stories with current events and future prophecies.
Maale Adumim: Maale Adumim is a place mentioned in the Bible before her nearby bigger sister Jerusalem (Joshua 18), a strategic modern location, a bustling city, and a “flower in the desert” – all in one.
As the English Language Spokesman for Maale Adumim, I clarify to participants the history, importance, and everyday life of this town, with a stunning view from the roof of the Municipality building, a short bus tour of scenic points, and a breathtaking opportunity to pray for Jerusalem and Maale Adumim overlooking the Holy City and the in-the-news E1 neighborood adjacent to the Mount of Olives. This visit can run from 10 to 90 minutes.