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!

Hand of Elohim 6 – Salt

Posted Mar 18, 2018

R. Paul Falk shares an insightful understanding of salt in the scriptures, from the command about “the salt of the covenant” in the Torah portion, Vayikra, to the warning about salt losing it’s flavor in Yeshua’s parables, including why Lot’s wife was turned into salt.

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Yayakhel – What Can I DO?

Posted Mar 11, 2018

Patrick Shannon shares a motivating message from the Torah portion, Vayak’hel, showing how God “called” skilled people to build the tabernacle, and shows how they got the skills to do so. In seven key points from the Scriptures, he shows how each of us is given different gifts and skills and how we should go about using them today for our Father’s purpose.

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Hand of Elohim 4 – Idolatry

Posted Mar 4, 2018

R. Paul Falk shows how even “the right hand of God” can be idolized, and how those who carry His Word have been idolized from Moses to Messiah. Though we might have thought that idols were foreign gods of gold, the truth is that it is very easy to slip into practicing idolatry.

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Tetzaveh 2018

Posted Feb 25, 2018

Rick Ortiz outlines the Torah portion, Tetzaveh, and looks at what the menorah, the altar of incense, and the priestly garments may represent for us today, as well as the mysterious Urim and Thummim that were kept in the breastplate of the High Priest, Aaron.



Hand of Elohim 2 – Just Believe? (Terumah)

Posted Feb 18, 2018

R. Paul Falk examines the roots beneath Romans 10:4-9 that seems to indicate that declaring the Messiah “Lord” with you mouth and believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead is all that is required. However, the apostle Paul was directly quoting  passages in the Torah that tell the whole story.

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Entering the Covenant (Mishpatim)

Posted Feb 11, 2018

As we head into the season of Passover, Patrick Shannon looks at the warning about taking the bread or the cup “in an unworthy manner” (I Cor. 11:27) and explains what a covenant is, what it is not, and how we should each enter the covenant of YHVH according to the Scriptures, even today.

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His Will 9 – Lessons from Passover (Yitro)

Posted Feb 4, 2018

R. Paul Falk shows an astounding correlation between future events described in the Revelation and the plagues in Egypt before Israel was delivered from slavery. He also shows our Creator’s primary purpose in both of these eras that also ties to the original Ten Commandments outlined in the Torah portion, Yitro. An insightful warning for us recognize before some of the events described in the Revelation begin to occur.

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BeShalach 2018

Posted Jan 27, 2018

Rick Ortiz outlines the Torah portion, BeShalach, and answers three questions about Israel coming out of Egypt:

  1.   Why the long journey?
  2.   What provisions were needed?
  3.   What about our FEAR?

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His Will 7 – Wrestling Our Father (Bo)

Posted Jan 21, 2018

R. Paul Falk shows the similarities between Jacob’s wrestling with the angel of Yah, and the wrestling between Pharaoh in Egypt in the Torah portion, Bo. The significance is reflected in the curses outlined in Deuteronomy and how each of us wrestle with the Father to do our will instead of His.



Magic, Signs & Wonders (Va’Era)

Posted Jan 14, 2018

Patrick Shannon examines the scriptural account of Pharaoh’s magicians turning their staffs into serpents the way God did with Moses’ staff, looks at the possibilities of HOW they did this, and shows scriptural examples of how we should interpret such signs and wonders even in our times today.

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