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!

Acharei-Mot and Kedoshim

Posted Apr 29, 2018


Rick Ortiz outlines the Torah portions, Acharei-Mot and Kedoshim highlighting what it means when the Father says that we are to be holy as He is holy.

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Hand of Elohim 10 – His Wonders

Posted Apr 22, 2018

R. Paul Falk connects the hand of Elohim with His wonders throughout the scriptures, first seen with the plagues on Egypt, and then as a checklist of signs by which Israel was to recognize the Messiah. In conclusion, Yeshua showed how the healing of the lame and the leper, as well as making the blind see, was evidence that the Father was present among them.

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The Eighth Day – Shmini

Posted Apr 15, 2018

Patrick Shannon highlights the ordination of Aaron and his sons in the Torah portion and shows connections between instances of “the eighth day” in the Scriptures which hold significant meanings for us today, and tomorrow.

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Tsav 2018

Posted Mar 25, 2018

Rick Ortiz shares an outline of the Torah portion, Tsav, and presents several observations about the burnt offerings as well as how our communication consists primarily of body language which is how the Word of the Father is communicated through keeping His commands.

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Hand of Elohim 6 – Salt

Posted Mar 18, 2018

R. Paul Falk shares an insightful understanding of salt in the scriptures, from the command about “the salt of the covenant” in the Torah portion, Vayikra, to the warning about salt losing it’s flavor in Yeshua’s parables, including why Lot’s wife was turned into salt.

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Yayakhel – What Can I DO?

Posted Mar 11, 2018

Patrick Shannon shares a motivating message from the Torah portion, Vayak’hel, showing how God “called” skilled people to build the tabernacle, and shows how they got the skills to do so. In seven key points from the Scriptures, he shows how each of us is given different gifts and skills and how we should go about using them today for our Father’s purpose.

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Hand of Elohim 4 – Idolatry

Posted Mar 4, 2018

R. Paul Falk shows how even “the right hand of God” can be idolized, and how those who carry His Word have been idolized from Moses to Messiah. Though we might have thought that idols were foreign gods of gold, the truth is that it is very easy to slip into practicing idolatry.

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Tetzaveh 2018

Posted Feb 25, 2018

Rick Ortiz outlines the Torah portion, Tetzaveh, and looks at what the menorah, the altar of incense, and the priestly garments may represent for us today, as well as the mysterious Urim and Thummim that were kept in the breastplate of the High Priest, Aaron.



Hand of Elohim 2 – Just Believe? (Terumah)

Posted Feb 18, 2018

R. Paul Falk examines the roots beneath Romans 10:4-9 that seems to indicate that declaring the Messiah “Lord” with you mouth and believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead is all that is required. However, the apostle Paul was directly quoting  passages in the Torah that tell the whole story.

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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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