MOS 5-Point Parasha - Chukat-Balak 5780

Join us for: * ShabbaZoom: Friday, July 3, 6 pm Note new zoom instructions below!

* Monday Meditation & Middot, Monday 7:30 pm

5-Point Parasha and Shabbazoom will be taking a 4 week break during July.

(See full announcements and some happy news below.


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

Rabbi Sherril shares wise guidance from Rabbi Jan Salzman (of Ruach haMaqom in Burlington, Vermont) from this week's parasha, Chukat-Balak:

In this week's double Torah portion Chukat-Balak, we are repeatedly presented the opportunity to discern the motives and results of challenging the hierarchical power structure that keeps people from their own access to G*D. Aaron and Miriam have died; Moses is fraying in the presence of so much responsibility and loss. Anger results in loss, and a king who wishes to attack the Israelite's camp is thwarted by a prophet who cannot curse the Israelites. In many ways, these two portions occur in that zone between what is and what might be. Can we really imagine that everyone is holy? that there must not be class structure in order that all are seen and counted and also responsible and accountable? Can we work towards a world where all who are thirsty have access to clean and abundant water and food? We have no choice. Everyone, everything, every molecule of creation has a spark of light, Divine or otherwise. Sof pasuk/that's it, no more to be said. We might beat the rock to get its water released, but that tactic will result in the loss of our personal vision. We might want to curse our neighbors, thereby falsely justifying to ourselves that they must be destroyed, but in the end, we destroy ourselves. People cry out for justice, and this moment, we end our addiction to the false prophets of us vs. them. It's all us. We're all them. My friends, we are in a time of great change. About time.

Cantor Heather Batchelor just facilitated a session for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality:

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Here's a video playlist of the teachings so far:

Rabbi Schachar shares a daily learning opportunity offered by his and Reb Sherril's inspiring teacher, Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein:

It is becoming clearer to many that Torat HaRav Kook presents the pinnacle in Torah understanding.

You are invited to Zoom in:


"YOU HAVE WINGS OF SPIRIT" -Dedicated to Planetary Healing.

Rav Kook's teachings on Self Development and Spiritual Growth.

SUN to THURS -7 PM JLEM-12PM Montreal Meeting ID: 548 192 3910


Rabbi Schachar shares a musical recording of a song planned for Shabbazoom July 3:

Nava Tehila - Hallelujah (Psalm 148)

All of Nava Tehila's great sheet music available here.

Rabbi Schachar shares a quote from Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook (1865-1935):

"The pure righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not complain of heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of ignorance, but increase wisdom."

Arpilei Tohar (1914), p. 2.

Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --

* We are happy to announce that we received three grants from Federation CJA. 1) For exciting Montreal Open Shul High Holiday programming 2) For an Aleph Canada lay chaplaincy training program. 3) For a Teva Quebec teen environmental Jewish education program. More details forthcoming.

* We hope soon to be able to share with you the youtube link to the recording of our recent Remembering Zalman Schachter-Shalomi zoom event.

* ShabbaZoom: A Virtual Warm-UP for Shabbat at home

Friday, July 3, 6-7 pm...then 4 week break...

Join Montreal Open Shul to welcome in Shabbat online with a virtual pre-Shabbat gathering over Zoom.

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* 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:

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*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.