We are back (again)!
on November 30th, 2021
We are back (again)! As you know, a few of our leaders tested positive for COVID almost two weeks ago. Interestingly, the cases were not connected at all, but just happened separately in the same week. This Saturday, December 4th, we are back online and live in Seattle. We appreciate all of the love and prayers, and can’t wait to see everyone at our next Shabbat Gathering!...  Read More
No Shabbat Gathering November 27th
on November 24th, 2021
Dear friends,Because a few of our leaders and volunteers have recently tested positive for COVID, we are unable to have our regular Shabbat Gathering this coming Saturday, November 27th. We will also be unable to post a sermon this weekend as our ability to film is now limited. Please pray with us that those who are sick will come to full health and that families are able to isolate well enough th...  Read More
Vezot ha’Bracha - September 25, 2021
on September 22nd, 2021
Torah Portion:Vezot ha’Bracha - September 25, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 Haftarah: Joshua 1:1-18 Portion Summary:—Moses’ last blessing: the Lord at Sinai, blessings over the tribes.—Moses views the land from the mountain.—A tribute to Moses is given. Devotional by Janet Cothrell: Balm and Correction. “This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed B’nei Yisrael before his death.”...  Read More
Ha'azinu - September 18, 2021
on September 15th, 2021
Torah Portion:Ha’azinu - September 18, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 32:1-52 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 22:1-51 Portion Summary:—Moses’ Poem:1. Listen 2. Praise of the Rock 3. Curse of enemies 4. Vindication 5. Call to praise—Moses is told to ascend Mt. Nebo for his death...  Read More
Vayelech - September 11, 2021
on September 9th, 2021
Torah Portion:Vayelech - September 11, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 31:1-30 Haftarah: Hosea 14:2(1)-10(9), Micah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27 Portion Summary:—Moses’ final farewell to the people.—The Lord prepares Moses for his death. Devotional by Janet Cothrell: CHAZAK!...  Read More
Nitzavim - September 4, 2021
on September 2nd, 2021
Torah Portion:Nitzavim - September 4, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9 Devotional by Matt Rosenberg: Choose Life. This week’s Torah portion is found in Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20. The name of every Torah portion is typically taken from one of the words, in Hebrew, from the first sentence of the portion...  Read More
Updated Fall High Holy Days Schedule
on September 2nd, 2021
The High Holy Days kick off next week! Join us for the Erev Rosh Hashanah service on Monday, September 6 at 6pm (followed by the Apple After Party), and Erev Yom Kippur on Wednesday, September 15 at 6pm.Due to circumstances relating to the pandemic, we adjusted our schedule and will not a have a service for the first night of Sukkot, but instead will have a special Shabbat Gathering Sukkot Picnic ...  Read More
Mask Mandate
on August 26th, 2021
Hello Restoration family!Due to the recent mandate from the state of Washington, and as renters of a facility that is not our own, our elders have agreed to encourage everyone—whether vaccinated or not—to wear masks and socially distance during our Shabbat Gatherings for the time being. We realize there is much contention and disagreement surrounding these issues, and we seek to keep peace and lov...  Read More
Ki Tavo - August 28, 2021
on August 25th, 2021
Torah Portion:Ki Tavo - August 28, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8(9) Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1-22 Portion Summary:—Initial harvest offerings and tithes are commanded.—Stone memorials are to be set up.—Curses for transgressions are listed.—Blessings for obedience are listed.—Three levels of curses for disobedience are detailed.—The blessings given in the wilderness are recounted...  Read More
Ki Tetze - August 21, 2021
on August 19th, 2021
Torah Portion:Ki Tetze - August 21, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-54:10 Devotional by Matt Rosenberg: Completely Other. Right in the middle of a seemingly random list of laws found in this Torah portion is this commandment:"You are not to wear a woven mixture, wool and linen together. You are to make for yourself twisted threads on the four corners of your garment in which ...  Read More
Shoftim - August 14, 2021
on August 12th, 2021
Torah Portion:Shoftim - August 14, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12 Portion Summary:—The legal system is detailed, and laws concerning kings are given.—The inheritance of the Levites is discussed.—Occultism in all its forms is rejected.—A great prophet is prophesied.—The conditions of the cities of refuge are discussed.—The preparations for battle are given...  Read More
Rest-from-Our-Regular-Work Picnic - August 21, 2021
on August 10th, 2021
Join us on Saturday, August 21 for a different kind of Shabbat Gathering down by the lake—a picnic + immersions in water! The emphasis will be on rest, not doing our regular work, fun, and fellowship. We will start at 10:30am and food will be served around 11:00am. Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, "So I recommend enjoyment, because there is nothing better for humanity under the sun except to eat, drink and...  Read More