MOS 5-Point Parasha - Naso 5780

Join us for: * ShabbaZoom Shavuot Edition: Friday, June 5, 6 pm

* Chanting & Chocolate: Sunday, June 7, 7:30 pm

* Monday Meditation & Middot, Monday 7:30 pm

and Moishe House for: * Jews of Colour, Tuesday, June 9, 8:15 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.

Rabbi Schachar shares Rabbi Marc Angel's dvar torah:

On wholeness and the birkat kohanim (priestly benediction) found in this week's parasha.

Rabbi Schachar shares a statement from the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, prepared by Rabbi Hayyim and Maxine Angel:

We issue this response to the murder of George Floyd. An American life was lost in a heinous act, and the perpetrator has been charged with murder. George Floyd was a father, a brother, a son. He was part of a community and his brutal death represents yet another in an immeasurable string of injustices which cannot be tolerated. We as an organization that promotes openness and tolerance, will not remain silent on the subject of injustice.

As we learned with the spread of Covid, we are each responsible for one another, possibly more than we ever realized. The act of one can help or harm countless others. We are each responsible to stop the spread of hatred. We are each responsible to promote unmitigated respect for our fellow human beings. We are each created in the image of the Divine. 

The voices and messages of peaceful protestors should not be drowned or profaned by the cowardly violence of rioting individuals and looters. 

Cantor Heather shares an article about citizens banding together in her home town, Minneapolis/St. Paul in the wake of the riots:

Imagine Sherbrooke from Parc La Fontaine to the Loyola Campus -- every storefront smashed in and many of the buildings burnt down. That's Lake St in Minneapolis right now. See also these reports shared by Rabbi Arthur Waskow. For many other articles of interest on this, see the Jewish Journal.

Rabbi Schachar shares a link to the song that he sang at last week's ShabbaZoom:

This is Nava Tehila's "Create a pure heart in me, Great Spirit And renew a true soul within me" (Based on Psalm 51:12).

Rabbi Sherril shares a quote:

"What's the problem with being 'not racist'? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: 'I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.' But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle...One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.' The claim of 'not racist' neutrality is a mask for racism." -Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be an Antiracist

Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --

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

Friday, June 7, 6-7 pm

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

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

* Chanting & Chocolate

(Chocolate when we're together again)

You are invited to join in the weekly Cross-Canada Chanting & Chocolate* from 7:30-8:30 EDT Sunday, June 7 with chant leaders from Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. R' Sherril and R' Schachar will be leading chants this week. We hope to see you there.  This is the Zoom link: Meeting ID: 880 0417 6254 One tap mobile +15873281099,,88004176254# Canada +16473744685,,88004176254# Canada Dial by your location: +1 587 328 1099 Canada +1 647 374 4685 Canada +1 647 558 0588 Canada

Organized by Lorne Malin * 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.

* How Many Canadian Jews of Colour Are There? A Question to Rethink

Sapira of Moishe House is organizing for next Wednesday a session about Jews of Colour.

* 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.

* 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.