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!

Entering the Covenant (Mishpatim)

Posted Feb 11, 2018

As we head into the season of Passover, Patrick Shannon looks at the warning about taking the bread or the cup “in an unworthy manner” (I Cor. 11:27) and explains what a covenant is, what it is not, and how we should each enter the covenant of YHVH according to the Scriptures, even today.

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His Will 9 – Lessons from Passover (Yitro)

Posted Feb 4, 2018

R. Paul Falk shows an astounding correlation between future events described in the Revelation and the plagues in Egypt before Israel was delivered from slavery. He also shows our Creator’s primary purpose in both of these eras that also ties to the original Ten Commandments outlined in the Torah portion, Yitro. An insightful warning for us recognize before some of the events described in the Revelation begin to occur.

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BeShalach 2018

Posted Jan 27, 2018

Rick Ortiz outlines the Torah portion, BeShalach, and answers three questions about Israel coming out of Egypt:

  1.   Why the long journey?
  2.   What provisions were needed?
  3.   What about our FEAR?

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His Will 7 – Wrestling Our Father (Bo)

Posted Jan 21, 2018

R. Paul Falk shows the similarities between Jacob’s wrestling with the angel of Yah, and the wrestling between Pharaoh in Egypt in the Torah portion, Bo. The significance is reflected in the curses outlined in Deuteronomy and how each of us wrestle with the Father to do our will instead of His.

 

 

Magic, Signs & Wonders (Va’Era)

Posted Jan 14, 2018

Patrick Shannon examines the scriptural account of Pharaoh’s magicians turning their staffs into serpents the way God did with Moses’ staff, looks at the possibilities of HOW they did this, and shows scriptural examples of how we should interpret such signs and wonders even in our times today.

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His Will 5 (Shemot) – His Name

Posted Jan 8, 2018

In this 5th part of the series on the Father’s will, R. Paul Falk launches from the Torah portion, Shemot, to explain the Name of the Father, from the various meanings of the Hebrew word for “name” (shem), to exactly when the four-letter Name, or tetragrammaton, was revealed, and whether it matters if we pray in a certain name.

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His Will 4 (Va-Yechi) – His Messenger

Posted Jan 8, 2018

R. Paul Falk continues this series starting from the last Torah portion of Genesis and presents scriptural examples of interactions with “the Angel of YHVH,” or the messenger of the Father. He answers some key questions about this messenger even showing similarities with the Messiah.

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His Will 3 – Joseph and His Brothers in Egypt (Miketz)

Posted Dec 17, 2017

In this 3rd part of the series on His Will, R. Paul Falk shares good possibilities as to exactly why Joseph did what he did with his brothers in Egypt when they came to buy grain. The most valuable lessons learned by Joseph and his brothers are ones that we are learning as we wrestle to accept the Father’s will in our lives.

 

DREAMS (Vayeshev)

Posted Dec 10, 2017

Patrick Shannon summarizes an in-depth study of DREAMS, inspired by the Torah portion Vayeshev in which Joseph is given prophetic dreams, and based on 215 references to dreams and visions in the Scriptures. He shares certain observations about the scriptural accounts and answers the question, “Does God speak to us in our dreams today?”

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His Will 1 (Vayishlach)

Posted Dec 3, 2017

R. Paul Falk begins a new series inspired by the Torah portion about the will of the Father, and shows scriptural examples of how we each wrestle against Him to do our own will.

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