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!

Why 3 Times – Re’eh

Posted Aug 12, 2018

Patrick Shannon shares a section of the Torah portion, Re’eh, in which the Israelite males are commanded to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem 3 times a year, and reveals the answer to WHY for each of the three commanded feasts.

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The Son 14 – The Light

Posted Aug 4, 2018

R. Paul Falk teaches on the meaning of the term “the Light” throughout the Scriptures. Many think that the Son of God is the Light based on New Testament references, but the term has much deeper meanings both past and present.

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The Son 13 – Melekzadek

Posted Jul 29, 2018

R. Paul Falk starts with the example of how Melekzadek (or Melchizadek) who met Abraham is both a king and a priest and is also a model for the Messiah, and a number of other anointed king/priests in the Scriptures. He then shows how this pertains to us, today, as “a kingdom of priests.”

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THE SON 12 – TEMPTATIONS

Posted Jul 22, 2018

R. Paul Falk links the Torah portion, Devarim, to the temptations that the Messiah underwent in the wilderness showing why the tempter chose the tests he did based on certain Scriptures that he knew would be the most difficult to for the Son of God to resist.

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VOWS (Mattot-Masei)

Posted Jul 15, 2018

Patrick Shannon presents an in-depth look at Vows in the Scriptures, from the first appearance of the word, “vow” in the Torah, throughout the rest of the Scriptures. Some interesting points are repeated multiple times, and certain truths about vows, oaths, and promises should make us think seriously about almost everything we say.

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THE SON 10 – GENERATIONS

Posted Jul 8, 2018

R. Paul Falk continues The Son series, starting from an excerpt from the Torah portion, Pinchas, which illustrates how being one being obedient can result in a covenant of peace which conveys down through future generations. In the case of peace, Yeshua confirms that this covenant still exists for those who are obedient today.

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The Son 9 – Sons vs Servants

Posted Jun 30, 2018

R. Paul Falk presents a number of passages regarding the difference between sons and servants, particularly regarding being “in the house.” This teaching holds tremendous significance for us considering that we are called to be sons and daughters to the Father, though many choose to remain servants.

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Chukat 2018

Posted Jun 24, 2018

 

Rick Ortiz outlines the Torah portion, Chukat, and highlights the part about the red heifer which illustrates the need to be cleansed both physically and spiritually.

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Our Response to His Gifts (Shelach)

Posted Jun 10, 2018

Patrick Shannon shows, from the Torah portion Shelach, how the spies, though obedient, responded improperly to the gift of the promised land, and how often we do the same with the gifts and opportunities given to us.

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The Son 7 – Replacement

Posted Jun 3, 2018

R. Paul Falk continues The Son series highlighting cases of replacement in the Scriptures starting from the Torah portion, Be Ha’alacha, in which YHVH takes the Levites instead of the firstborns of Israel to be set apart for His service. In numerous other cases, replacements are made when even the anointed depart from the ways of Elohim in disobedience.

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