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!

Passover 8 – Bitter Water

Posted Jun 5, 2017

R. Paul Falk connects the Passover command to eat bitter herbs with the hard bondage in Egypt, the bitter waters at Marah, and the test for an adulterous wife to reveal a very interesting meaning of it all pertaining to what comes out of our mouths.

 

 

BeMidbar – The Firstborn Son

Posted May 28, 2017

Rick Ortiz shares from the Torah portion, BeMidbar, highlighting God’s separation of the firstborn sons,  choosing of the Levites to replace the firstborns, and how the commanded redemption of the firstborns is connected to the Creator’s threat to Pharaoh about releasing Israel, His firstborn son, or He would kill all the firstborn sons of Egypt.

Passover 6 – Idolatry

Posted May 21, 2017

R. Paul Falk continues the series on Passover and specifically on purging out the leaven from our lives, which often takes the form of idolatry in ways that we many not recognize. He also shows from Leviticus how the Father removes this leaven when we do not.

 

 

Emor – The Name

Posted May 14, 2017

Patrick Shannon analyzes the story of the man that is stoned to death by for blaspheming the name of YHVH, starting from exactly what the name is, the elusive pronunciation, what it means to blaspheme or profane the name, and a central point revealed by the chiastic structure of the story.

 

 

Passover 4 – My Body, My Blood

Posted May 7, 2017

R. Paul Falk delves into the meaning of Yeshua’s mysterious charge to his disciples to eat his body, and to drink his blood. Though represented by bread and wine, this difficult-to-understand metaphor holds the key to having true life “in” Messiah. Many relevant passages are pieced together to finally understand what Yeshua meant by, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves.” (John 6:53)

Tazria/Metzora – Leprosy and Slander

Posted Apr 30, 2017

Patrick Shannon examines the Biblical terms translated to mean leprosy and shows scriptural links to the sin of slander, its source, and some interesting correlations as to how this insidious disease is destructive to the body.

 

 

Shmini – FIRE

Posted Apr 25, 2017

Rick Ortiz analyzes several instances of FIRE used in the tabernacle, such as the fire from YHVH which consumed Nadab and Abihu after they “brought strange fire,” and shares some interesting observations about fire throughout the scriptures.

 

 

Tsav – Did Yeshua End All Sacrifices?

Posted Apr 9, 2017

Patrick Shannon presents the verses used to conclude that Yeshua’s death ended all sacrifices “once for all,” and then points out some contradictory verses, finally to reveal a deeply hidden answer to the apparent discrepancy.

 

 

 

Va-Yikra – The Burnt Offering

Posted Apr 2, 2017

R. Paul Falk examines the requirements of the burnt offering and reveals an amazing correlation with the offering of the first fruits and what seems to be a mysterious statement made by Yeshua after the resurrection.

 

 

 

VaYakhel-Pehudei – Materials of the Tabernacle

Posted Mar 26, 2017

Patrick Shannon studies the materials that were commanded for the building of the tabernacle, examining their various sources and unique characteristics and what they each symbolically represent according to the Scriptures. He concludes on how these representations reflect us as the temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells today.

You can click here to view the slides presented and follow along.