MOS 5-Point Parasha - Bamidbar 5780

Join us for: a) ShabbaZoom: A Virtual Warm-up for Shabbat at Home, Friday, May 22, 6 pm

b) Pre-Shavuot Podcasts

c) Monday Meditation & Middot, Monday 7:30 pm

(See full announcements below.)


Here is our weekly "5-Point Parasha", a short list of what we are enjoying or pondering, as it relates to life and Torah.

Cantor Heather shares a poem she wrote:

Walking with My Mind

Sitting perfectly still on my pillow I am walking with my mind Come. Let’s walk simply, And simply walk: One step at a time One breath at a time. My mind is a toddler Bright and curious “Here, here! Look what I found here!” a flower, a bee, yesterday’s meeting, tomorrow’s dinner plans, Something sharp and shiny, hurtful and fascinating. Impatient with my mind, I may grab her little arm: "Don’t touch that, we have someplace to go. We are walking now!" I jerk her forward and yank she digs in her heels throws her body to the ground  kicking and crying As toddlers do. But when I stop,  And notice gently “Yes darling, That is a flower, A bee, What fascinating things you have found!” Then she lets the sharp and hurtful thing drop And places her little hand in mine. Yes, we are simply walking Walking simple together.

Rabbi Schachar shares more Rabbi Jack Gabriel:

Rabbi Jack Gabriel made a sweet and beautiful guest appearance at our Open-Mic Zoom Havdala last Saturday night. For those who would like to here more of his music, listen/hear this Reggae "Ki L'olam Chasdo / Your love lasts forever".

Rabbi Schachar shares a Montreal Board of Rabbis pre-Shavuot podcast:

On the first episode Rabbi Lisa Grushcow (Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom) and Rabi Mark Fishman (Congregation Beth Tikvah) discuss Maimonides' Laws of Torah Story. My episode with Rabbi Boris Dolin (Dorshei Emet) will be released on Sunday.

Rabbi Schachar shares a link to great work of Rabbi Yonatan Neril:

Rabbi Yonatan Neril founded the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) which has been doing some great work and has wonderful web-resources.

Rabbi Schachar shares a link to an article about the upcoming month of Sivan:

Rosh Chodesh, the new moon, begins this Saturday night till Sunday night. Rebbetzn Tziporah Heller provides mystically entry points into the month.

Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --

Friday night (6:00-7:00 pm): ShabbaZoom with Montreal Open Shul: A sweet, nourishing, inspiring gathering to get us in the mood for Shabbat. Join us for song, learning, ritual, kiddush and kaddish. Bring your own candles, kiddush cup and bread if you wish.

Instructions for joining us are below. Note that Zoom links are different for each night. Feel free to share this invite among your friends and families!

To join ShabbaZoom (Friday 6-7 pm):

To join with video: Meeting ID: 832 241 8968 Password: sccrac2020 To join by phone call (no video) via One tap mobile +16473744685,,8322418968# Canada +16475580588,,8322418968# Canada Or dial +1 438 809 7799 Canada Meeting ID: 832 241 8968 * Monday Meditation & Middot with Cantor Heather Batchelor 7:30 pm via Zoom.

Weekly sessions focussing on meditation and mindfulness skills, as well as development of personal virtues ("middot") as defined by the Musar tradition of Jewish ethics.

All are welcome. Suggested donation.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Initial registration will automatically enable attendance to full series.

Click here for more info.

* Friday Night Service - Every Third Friday of the Month...stay tuned for new dates

* New/Old-school service every fourth Saturday of the month...stay tuned for new dates

Please Note: Due to current health concerns, 3rd Friday Shabbat and New/Old-school service will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

* Chanting & Chocolate

Cross-Canada, Sunday 8:30 PM EST

Weekly Cross-Canada Chanting & Chocolate led by Lorne Mallin in Vancouver, and others. The Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 891 1274 9889 Password: 172190

* Shavuot Podcasts: The Montreal Board of Rabbis has recorded a series of podcasts. Join us on a daily study journey, May 22-28, to prepare for the festival of Shavuot. Rabbi Schachar is featured in a study conversation with Rabbi Boris Dolin. See the promo video.

* Are you (or is someone you know) facing a food shortage at this time due to the pandemic? Montreal Open Shul participants may be able to receive help from MOS, thanks to support from the Jewish Community Foundation and FederationCJA. Please get in touch with us by email at or contact Rabbi Sherril directly at

And, if you are in a position to help, we ask and encourage you to please support FederationCJA's Community Crisis Response effort by donating to the community CrowdFunding campaign. Visit

Finally, FederationCJA has established a "helpline" for anyone in the community to ask for help. Call 514-734-1411.

* Let us know if you have something that you would like us to include in the 5-Point Parasha (by Wednesday of the week)

*Did you know that you can donate to MOS and receive a tax receipt from Aleph Canada? Go to the Aleph Canada page on Canada Helps and us the drop down menu under "APPLY YOUR DONATION TO A SPECIFIC FUND SET UP BY THIS CHARITY" to select Montreal Open Shul.