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!

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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The Son 5 – The Seed

Posted May 28, 2018

R. Paul Falk extracts an amazing message from the first mention of Eve’s “seed” in Genesis 3 as it pertains to other “seeds” throughout the Word, and the advice this holds for us in Messiah’s message about the Word in our hearts.

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The Son 4 – Numbers – Levites Instead of Firstborns

Posted May 20, 2018

R. Paul Falk continues the series on The Son with this first Torah portion in Numbers highlighting the Father’s taking of the Levites as priests instead of the firstborns. This process of adoption is seen all the way through the apostolic writings by which we are adopted as children of Elohim.

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Behar – Sabbath Years and Jubilees

Posted May 13, 2018

Patrick Shannon talks about the Sabbath Years and Jubilees commanded in this week’s Torah portion, Behar, in a way that applies to us today, including sharing two methods of calculation that are used to determine the next upcoming years for each. As we are commanded to count certain cycles, we learn valuable lessons for managing our resources.

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The Son – Lord of the Sabbath

Posted May 6, 2018

R. Paul Falk shares an interesting correlation between the Torah portion, Emor, and a certain section of Yeshua’s teachings in which He claims that the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.

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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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