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.
Typically, 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!
R. Paul Falk connects the events of Joseph’s life and certain revelations that led to a change of heart. This story illustrates the fact that the Eternal One orchestrates elaborate, lifelong arrangements to open our eyes to what He wants us to see.
Patrick Shannon points out that Yah spoke to Pharaoh, and to others throughout the scriptures that were not “His people.” So, where is the line drawn between the people of God, and people who are not? The answer is in the teachings of Yeshua.
Rick Ortiz shares an outline of the Torah portion, Va-Yishlach, with a closer look at “the face of God” as mentioned throughout the scriptures.
Patrick Shannon completes the 2-part presentation about the phenomenon of fire, brimstone, and hail, that seems to occur more than two dozen times throughout the scriptures. He gives a scientific explanation for this and shows what is likely our only hope through a future occurrence as described in The Revelation.
R. Paul Falk expounds on the Torah portion, Chayyei Sarah, in which Abraham’s servant is sent to bring the perfect wife for his son, Isaac. His prayers are answered at a well in his destination, as Isaac’s prayers were being heard as well. A proper method for asking for God’s will, and His confirmation, are illustrated in this portion.
Patrick Shannon shares “Principles of Salvation” observed in the story of Lot being delivered before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Torah portion Vayera. He shows numerous principles that pertain to how the Father saves us, despite our human tendencies, but also with certain warnings.
R. Paul Falk continues the Mayim (Water) series starting from the weekly Torah portion, Lech Lecha, and showing supporting scriptures of how people actually are living wells of water to which other people come. When understanding what water is as a metaphor, this presents some very interesting implications.
Rick Ortiz shares a summary of the Torah portion, Noach, and focuses on the word translated blameless, from the meaning of the original Hebrew word, to other examples of the same word in other passages. Apparently, it is possible—and even expected—for all of us to be blameless.
Rick Ortiz shares from the weekly Torah portion, Ha’Azinu, highlighting a couple of the main themes seen throughout the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32. One is the description of God as a ROCK, and another is the thread about rewards and punishment, or blessings and curses.
R. Paul Falk presents Trees 6 starting with Yeshua’s term, “uprooted” in the parable about a tree in Luke 17:5, and shows what this means based on other references in the Scriptures, and how can be sure to stay in “the way.”