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!

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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Jacob and Laban (Vayetze)

Posted Nov 26, 2017

Rick Ortiz outlines the Torah portion, Vayetze, and highlights the differences between Jacob and his employer, Laban, which may also apply to how we make decisions according to either the flesh or the Spirit.




Two Nations at War Within (Toldot)

Posted Nov 18, 2017

Two nations at war withinR. Paul Falk explains that the Torah can be interpreted in several levels of meaning and uses an example from Genesis 25 about the two nations fighting within the womb of Rebecca to show how that passage parallels with deeper levels of meaning from Genesis, through the parables of Messiah and the letters of Paul, to The Revelation, applying to us today.

The Last Days of Abraham

Posted Nov 12, 2017

Patrick Shannon examines the Torah portion, Chaiyei Sarah, focusing on the last days of Abraham and especially the request to his servant in Genesis 24 about finding a wife for his son Isaac. In just a small passage of this story, Patrick draws out a number of practical observations.

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Praying In The Name (Va-Yera)

Posted Nov 4, 2017

R. Paul Falk shares his doctrinal filtering process and applies it to the doctrine of ending every prayer “in the name of Yeshua” or “in Jesus’ name.” He answers the questions of where this is seen in Scripture, how it is often misunderstood, and the origin of the practice that is so widely accepted today.


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The End From the Beginning

Posted Oct 15, 2017

Patrick Shannon presents the first few verses in Genesis as a metaphor, which is reflected in the prophesies regarding the end,  confirming that our Creator indeed “declares the end from the beginning.” Several elements including darkness, waters, and light, are presented to represent other things in Biblical prophecy.

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