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!

Trees 6 – Uprooted

Posted Sep 16, 2018

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.”

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Trees 4 – KiTavo

Posted Sep 2, 2018

In this installment of the Trees series, R. Paul Falk unravels Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a tree as recorded in Daniel 4, links it to the Torah portion, Ki Tavo, and applies it to us, today, according to several New Testament passages.

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Ki-Tetze 2018

Posted Aug 26, 2018

Rick Ortiz outlines the Torah portion, Ki-Tetze, and highlights the command about removing the eggs from a birds nest and not taking the mother, with other related passages in the Tanak and the Messiah’s teaching in Luke 13:34.

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You can also watch the entire service online here.

Trees 2 – Shofetim

Posted Aug 19, 2018

R. Paul continues the Trees series, highlighting commands about trees in the current week’s Torah portion. The primary thread, shown throughout the Scriptures, links fruitfulness to being a hearer of His Word.

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Why 3 Times – Re’eh

Posted Aug 12, 2018

Patrick Shannon shares a section of the Torah portion, Re’eh, in which the Israelite males are commanded to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem 3 times a year, and reveals the answer to WHY for each of the three commanded feasts.

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The Son 14 – The Light

Posted Aug 4, 2018

R. Paul Falk teaches on the meaning of the term “the Light” throughout the Scriptures. Many think that the Son of God is the Light based on New Testament references, but the term has much deeper meanings both past and present.

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The Son 13 – Melekzadek

Posted Jul 29, 2018

R. Paul Falk starts with the example of how Melekzadek (or Melchizadek) who met Abraham is both a king and a priest and is also a model for the Messiah, and a number of other anointed king/priests in the Scriptures. He then shows how this pertains to us, today, as “a kingdom of priests.”

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THE SON 12 – TEMPTATIONS

Posted Jul 22, 2018

R. Paul Falk links the Torah portion, Devarim, to the temptations that the Messiah underwent in the wilderness showing why the tempter chose the tests he did based on certain Scriptures that he knew would be the most difficult to for the Son of God to resist.

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VOWS (Mattot-Masei)

Posted Jul 15, 2018

Patrick Shannon presents an in-depth look at Vows in the Scriptures, from the first appearance of the word, “vow” in the Torah, throughout the rest of the Scriptures. Some interesting points are repeated multiple times, and certain truths about vows, oaths, and promises should make us think seriously about almost everything we say.

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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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