Here is our weekly "5-Point Parasha", a short list of what we are enjoying or pondering, as it relates to life and Torah.
Rabbi Sherril shares a deep teaching on our parasha from Rabbi Steve Silvern, who interprets Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim, the grandson of the Baal Shem Tov (c. 1810):
Degel Machaneh Ephraim on Ki Tisa
Regarding, "I have filled him with divine inspiration, with wisdom, ... to conceive schemes...in cutting stones for setting and in carving wood to engage in all manner of work." (Ki Tisa, 31:3-6)
This is an example of [teaching]. A person who is scholarly is not able to learn with babes and a person who is not learned is not able to learn with scholars, rather each according to their ability. But the person who has true wisdom and clings to it is able to learn with everyone and each person is able to learn and receive from that one according to their ability.
This was the wisdom of King Solomon, peace be upon him, as it is written in his regard, "He spoke to the trees and to the stones." (Kings I, 5:13) That is to say he was able to speak even with someone who had a heart of stone, as it is written, "I shall remove the heart of stone," (Ezekiel, 36:26) including one with a heart of stone.
This is the meaning of "I have filled him with divine inspiration, with wisdom," that he truly clung to the wisdom and he was able to learn with everyone.
This is the meaning of, "cutting stones" that is to say even with one with a heart of stone or one with a considerate heart. Therefore the text used the word carving because its meaning is the skillful cutting of wood, that is to say that he clung to his thought as he continually carved wood, that is to say the Torah which is known at the Tree of Life. He truly clung to his wisdom, as above, and therefore he was able to learn with everyone and his words entered even the one with a heart of stone, as above.
The MOS Clergy team shares a Covid10 message:
The clergy team of Montreal Open Shul is actively monitoring the news and information available about the unfolding Covid19 situation. We are reviewing the ways we gather, and trying to imagine safe ways to be together and to continue our community-building work. We are in awe of the ways that we get to interact and connect with you, and feel so incredibly privileged to be doing this holy work. We will keep you posted on our thoughts and actions during these unsettling, unraveling times. In the meantime, dear ones, please wash your hands, and reach out by phone, text and messenger to each other, especially those who already are practicing social distancing for health reasons. We are here with you and for you. Please reach out to any one us if you feel the need to connect.
With love and blessings for sustained health in these challenging times,
Rabbi Schachar, Cantor Heather, and Rabbi Sherril
Cantor Heather is still in Purim state-of-mind and enjoying this Barry Sister classic:
Cantor Heather recommends this informative and timely program on the history of pandemics.
Rabbi Schachar shares some ancient and timely wisdom from this week's parsha, Ki Tisa (courtesy of Rabbi Ben Newman):
"וְרָחֲצ֛וּ יְדֵיהֶ֥ם וְרַגְלֵיהֶ֖ם וְלֹ֣א יָמֻ֑תוּ וְהָיְתָ֨ה לָהֶ֧ם חָק־עוֹלָ֛ם ל֥וֹ וּלְזַרְע֖וֹ לְדֹרֹתָֽם׃
They shall wash their hands and feet, that they may not die. It shall be a law for all time for them and their progeny throughout the ages." (Exodus 30:21)
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