Torah Portions

Torah Portions

For more than two thousand years, the entire Jewish community all around the world has focused on the same part of the Scriptures each week called (in English) the Torah portion.  Except during Hebraic holy days, the weekly Torah portion is featured  in the synagogue (house of study) every Shabbat.

Torah OpenedTypically, the Torah is divided into 54 portions so that the Torah is entirely cycled through once each year. It is a long-standing and fascinating tradition that has kept the entire Israelite community unified in a special way, wherever they might be, for thousands of years.

There is also a Triennial reading cycle which divides the Torah into thirds, and then into smaller portions so that cycling through the entire Torah requires three consecutive years. Instituted during the 19th century, the triennial cycle allows more in-depth focus on smaller sections of Scripture than the traditional annual cycle.

Traditionally, in many synagogues, a Torah scroll is ceremonially removed from the ark (a dedicated cabinet) and is opened to the weekly portion from which a segment is read. At ARIEL, the ark is opened with a traditional Torah blessing, but not often removed, and a selected highlight of the weekly portion is read from an English translation. Afterwards, the ark containing the Torah is respectfully closed as another traditional blessing is said.

The Torah portions at ARIEL are also recorded each week and posted here online. Enjoy!

Where’s the Line? (Miketz)

Posted Dec 9, 2018

Patrick Shannon points out that Yah spoke to Pharaoh, and to others throughout the scriptures that were not “His people.” So, where is the line drawn between the people of God, and people who are not? The answer is in the teachings of Yeshua.

After clicking PLAY below you can follow along with the slides, or watch the entire service online.

 

Va-Yishlach – The Face of God

Posted Dec 2, 2018

Rick Ortiz shares an outline of the Torah portion, Va-Yishlach, with a closer look at “the face of God” as mentioned throughout the scriptures.

After clicking the PLAY button below, click here to follow along with the slides, or you can watch the entire service online.

 

 

Fire and Brimstone 2: And HAIL

Posted Nov 11, 2018

Patrick Shannon completes the 2-part presentation about the phenomenon of fire, brimstone, and hail, that seems to occur more than two dozen times throughout the scriptures. He gives a scientific explanation for this and shows what is likely our only hope through a future occurrence as described in The Revelation.

Click the PLAY button below to start the audio and you may wish to download the PowerPoint show which includes some video clips, or you can watch the entire service online.

Mayim 4 – Wells of YHVH

Posted Nov 4, 2018

R. Paul Falk expounds on the Torah portion, Chayyei Sarah, in which Abraham’s servant is sent to bring the perfect wife for his son, Isaac. His prayers are answered at a well in his destination, as Isaac’s prayers were being heard as well. A proper method for asking for God’s will, and His confirmation, are illustrated in this portion.

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Fire & Brimstone 1: Principles of Salvation

Posted Oct 28, 2018

Patrick Shannon shares “Principles of Salvation” observed in the story of Lot being delivered before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Torah portion Vayera. He shows numerous principles that pertain to how the Father saves us, despite our human tendencies, but also with certain warnings.

After clicking the PLAY button below, you can also follow along with the slides or view the entire service online.

 

Mayim 2 – The Separation of Lot

Posted Oct 20, 2018

R. Paul Falk continues the Mayim (Water) series starting from the weekly Torah portion, Lech Lecha, and showing supporting scriptures of how people actually are living wells of water to which other people come. When understanding what water is as a metaphor, this presents some very interesting implications.

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Noah – Blameless

Posted Oct 13, 2018

Rick Ortiz shares a summary of the Torah portion, Noach, and focuses on the word translated blameless, from the meaning of the original Hebrew word, to other examples of the same word in other passages. Apparently, it is possible—and even expected—for all of us to be blameless.

After clicking PLAY below, you can also follow along with the slides. Or you can watch the entire service online.

 

Ha’Azinu 2018

Posted Sep 22, 2018

Rick Ortiz shares from the weekly Torah portion, Ha’Azinu, highlighting a couple of the main themes seen throughout the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32. One is the description of God as a ROCK, and another is the thread about rewards and punishment, or blessings and curses.

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Trees 6 – Uprooted

Posted Sep 16, 2018

R. Paul Falk presents Trees 6 starting with Yeshua’s term, “uprooted” in the parable about a tree in Luke 17:5, and shows what this means based on other references in the Scriptures, and how can be sure to stay in “the way.”

After clicking the PLAY button below, you can follow along with the slides, or watch the entire service online.

 

Trees 4 – KiTavo

Posted Sep 2, 2018

In this installment of the Trees series, R. Paul Falk unravels Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a tree as recorded in Daniel 4, links it to the Torah portion, Ki Tavo, and applies it to us, today, according to several New Testament passages.

After clicking PLAY below, you can click here to follow along with the slides. You can view the entire service here.