Passover does not begin until next Monday but Congregation Beth Ahm is kicking things off today with two adult education classes.
The first day of Pesach will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 30 at 9:45 a.m. at the synagogue, which is located at 56 Grove Street at the corner of Personette Avenue. The second Passover service will be on Wednesday, March 31 at 9:45 a.m.
Congregation Beth Ahm’s adult education classes for Passover begin this afternoon, March 24, at 2 p.m., with “Maharal On Pesach”. This class looks at Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the leader of Czech Judaism and the alleged creator of the Golem of Prague, and will study his interpretation of the Exodus. Congregation Beth Ahm notes that the Maharal’s commentaries include straightforward explanations of the text tied together with Gematria, the system of assigning numerical value to a word or phrase, and novel approaches to the use of numbers. The best-known example of Gematria, Congregation Beth Ahm says, is the Hebrew word Chai (“life”), which is composed of two letters which add up to 18. This has made 18 a “lucky number” among Jews.
The class on the Maharal will be followed at 3 p.m. today with “Passover After The Seder”. This class will be conducted by Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein, the spiritual care coordinator at the Shira Ruskay Center of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in Manhattan. Congregation Beth Ahm says that while the Passover Seder gets the most attention, there are many other interesting rituals and aspects of the remainder of the eight days of Passover.
Next Monday, March 29 at 9 a.m., Congregation Beth Ahm will host “The Lecture Of The First Born” as part of its weekly Talmud class. And finally on Thursday, April 1 at 11 a.m. there will be “Harp To Heart”. Lynda Lowell-Mullusky, a certified master of harp therapy, will cover the history of the harp (especially in the Bible) and why the harp is foremost among instruments as a means of expression for the human soul and spirit. Relax and be soothed!
For more information, please call the synagogue office at 973-239-0754.[mappress]