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
Re'eh - August 7, 2021
on August 5th, 2021
Torah Portion:Re’eh - August 7, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Haftarah: 1 Samuel 20:18-20:42 Portion Summary:—The people are given the choice of blessing or curse.—All Israel is commanded to revere Him and listen to His leading about the places that are to be destroyed and those that are to be built up.—Instructions are given on how to deal with false prophets and leaders who turn away from...  Read More
Ekev - July 31, 2021
on July 29th, 2021
Torah Portion:Ekev - July 31, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 Haftarah: Isa. 49:14-51:3 Portion Summary:—Blessings are given for abundance and for victory in taking the Land.—Israel is told to remember God and His commandments.—Encouragement is given in battling giants.—The anger of the Lord at disobedience is recounted.—A call is given for the people to circumcise their hearts and to love...  Read More
Va'etchanan - July 24, 2021
on July 22nd, 2021
Torah Portion:Va’etchanan - July 24, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26 Portion Summary:—Moses begs the Lord for entry into the Land.—He begins to teach the Torah again.—He teaches the 10 commandments.—The Shema is given.—All Israel is reminded to remember who gave them the Land and to teach this to their children.—Moses admonishes the people to keep separate from idolaters...  Read More
Devarim - July 17, 2021
on July 15th, 2021
Torah Portion:Devarim - July 17, 2021 Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27 Portion Summary:—Moses recounts the time immediately after the exodus.—He narrates the wilderness journey up to taking possession of the holdings east of the Jordan, and of the battles fought along the way....  Read More
Mattot/Massei - July 10, 2021
on July 8th, 2021
Torah Portion:Mattot/Massei - July 10, 2021 Torah: Numbers 30:2(1)-36:13 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-66:24 Portion Summary:—The laws of vows for men and women are given.—The Lord commands vengeance against the Midianites and they slay all males and spare only virgin females.—An inventory of war booty is taken and divided.—The Reubenites and Gadites find good land east of the Jordan, but vow to help their...  Read More
Pinchas - July 3, 2021
on July 1st, 2021
Torah Portion:Pinchas - July 3, 2021 Torah: Numbers 25:10-30:1(29:40) Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 Devotional by Matt Rosenberg: Going Out and Coming In “Then Adonai said to Moses, ‘Go up this mountain of the Abarim range and look at the land that I have given to Bnei-Yisrael. When you have seen it, you will be gathered to your people, just as Aaron your brother was gathered. For in the wilderness of Z...  Read More
July 3rd @ The Lake
on June 30th, 2021
As of today (June 30th), Washington State has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions, so instead of a typical Shabbat Gathering in the sanctuary, we will have a different kind of Shabbat Gathering down by the lake this Saturday, July 3, to celebrate! 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.Ecclesiaste...  Read More
Balak - June 26, 2021
on June 24th, 2021
Torah Portion:Balak - June 26, 2021 Torah: Numbers 22:2-25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6(7)-6:8 Devotional by Matt Rosenberg: Blessed, Not Cursed. These chapters of the book of Numbers are random! They don’t seem to be connected to the rest of the narrative, leading some scholars to believe they were added later. Even the characters don’t show up again in the Torah...  Read More
Chukat - June 19, 2021
on June 17th, 2021
Torah Portion:Chukat - June 19, 2021 Torah: Numbers 19:1-22:1 Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33 Portion Summary:—The ritual of the red heifer is given.—The ritual for exposure to the dead is given.—Miriam dies.—God tells Moses to order the rock to give water to the complaining people, but he strikes the rock and as a result is told that he may not enter the land.—Edom refuses the people passage through their...  Read More