MOS 5-Point Parasha - Chayei Sarah 5780


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

* See below for our upcoming Old School Shabbat Morning Service, Saturday, Nov 23, 2019, 10 am.

Rabbi Avraham Trugman shares about Avraham Avinu's time management:

Immediately following the section recounting Sarah’s death and burial the Torah states: “And Abraham grew old, coming into days, and God blessed Abraham with everything” (Genesis 24:1). The Sages teach that the Hebrew word for “old” (zaken) means not only aged but also wise. The mystically inclined understand the enigmatic phrase, “coming into days,” as alluding to the new state of consciousness Abraham achieved in the process of burying Sarah and acquiring his first portion of the Land of Israel. This new level of wisdom was bound up with attaining an understanding of how to be the master of time and not its slave: how to “come into days.” For more...

The 10 Makot (Plagues) of Montreal as presented by

Rabbi Schachar has been reading the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg (1890–1918):

Rosenberg, primarily known as a World War I poet who wrote from the trenches, may be the first Jewish poet of note to write in the English language. He wrote the following poem, "The Jew", before he died in combat.

Moses, from whose loins I sprung, Lit by a lamp in his blood Ten immutable rules, a moon For mutable lampless men.

The blonde, the bronze, the ruddy, With the same heaving blood, Keep tide to the moon of Moses. Then why do they sneer at me?

Carolyn Laws shares some appreciation about our screening of "Free Trip to Egypt" last Saturday night:

This wonderful event was a huge success! What a magical evening it was, with amazing, positive energy and feedback from the larger-than-expected crowd. Thank you to Tarek Mounib for your kind service to the world and your generous inspiring presence, and to Rabbis Schachar Orenstein, Sherril Gilbert and Cantor Heather Batchelor for your beautiful musical havdala and warm welcome. This was tikkun olam and welcoming the stranger at its finest! Making the world a better place one step at a time. There was a last-minute scramble to find more chairs in the neighbourhood and get them there between the time that Shabbat officially ended and the start time of the film... many more people than expected showed up, we had a packed room with people siting on the floor on yoga mats. What amazing energy we drummed up. What an honour it was to have been able to help organize this with such inspiring leaders: Tarek, Schachar, Sherril and Cantor. I'm truly humbled. Thanks to all who attended.

Rabbi Schachar shares a quote from the Reconstructionist:

"Unless it is related to those problems that try [people's] souls and those anxieties that wrack their nerves, religion is about as influential in our lives as our knowledge of how many angels can dance on the point of a needle would be." (Editorial Board, March 7, 1941)

Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --

Next: Nov 23, Sat 10:00 AM, Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA 5400 Westbury Avenue

Human Rights Shabbat - 3rd Friday of December Dec. 20, 7:00 p.m.

Featuring Dr. Sharon Gubbay of Condordia University Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA, 5400 Av de Westbury

Chanucoco - Let there be light and chocolate!

Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. TBA, Montreal, QC, Canada First night Chanuka light-themed musical celebration with coco, latkes, gelt, and sufganiot

Bonus - Cantor Heather shares:

Looking for ways to amp up your Jewish spirituality in the new year? In addition to great classes from our MOS clergy coming your way check out some of these great online and retreat learning opportunities:

Hadar’s Rising Song Intensive, Dec. 22-25:

Awakening the Divine: A Pardes and Or HaLev Jewish Spirituality Retreat Dec. 31, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020: