MOS 5-Point Parasha - Vaera 5780

* New/Old School Service this Shabbat, Jan 25.


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 teaching about the parasha, with a musical link:

וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר מֹשֶׁ֛ה כֵּ֖ן אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל וְלֹ֤א שָֽׁמְעוּ֙ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה מִקֹּ֣צֶר ר֔וּחַ וּמֵעֲבֹדָ֖ה קָשָֽׁה׃

But when Moses told this to the Israelites, they would not listen to Moses, their spirits (breath) was shortened by harsh labor. -Ex. 6:9

What hardships cause us to feel that our spirits are diminished? If we, as the Hebrew word “ruach” suggests, we understand our spirits and our breaths to be connected, can song and music help us to elongate our breaths, to broaden our spirits? Here is a link to Daniel Hoffman playing a selection from a klezmer tune that has broadened my spirit of late: Dobriden from the Beregovski collection

Rabbi Schachar introduces another way to expand the breath via a short new youtube video he made on the same verse:

I just started a new youtube channel to begin a video series entitled, "Parasha and Practice". It is a work in progress and your feedback is appreciated

Cantor Heather shares an innovative response by an Orthodox Jewish community in New York in response to the recent spate of antisemitism and asks if it would be a good idea to do the same in Montreal:

Meet-and-greet Popup Tent in Harlem Invites Locals to Meet Orthodox Jews.

Rabbi Schachar shares a podcast about Klezkanada Executive Director, Sebastian and Asya Schulman, who are raising their daughter in Yiddish:

Judaism Unbound, a great resource, featured Sebastian and Asya in the latest podcast.

Rabbi Sherril shares a quote from the Clergy Coaching Network:

"Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought it would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living” -Rachel Marie Martin

Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --

Friday Night Service - Every Third Friday of the Month

This Shabbat, 25th of January 2020, 10 am @ the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA 5400 Westbury Avenue

Friday, February 7, 7-10 pm

Location: 5215 Grand Boulevard, just south of Cote St Luc Road

Shabbat is an opportunity to rest deeply and receive. We will do some deep restorative yoga which will allow you to let go of tension. Followed by a tasty vegan dinner.

$40 offering includes provided Shabbat dinner.

Space is limited. Reservations required via website by Wednesday, February 5.

Contact Rabbi Schachar for more info,