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Jewish Cycle of the Year

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 19 Nisan 5779

6:30 PM - 8:00 PMBeit Shalom
Past Sessions
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12 Nisan 5779 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Beit Shalom
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5 Nisan 5779 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Beit Shalom
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 27 Adar II 5779 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Beit Shalom
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 20 Adar II 5779 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Beit Shalom
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 6 Adar II 5779 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Beit Shalom
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 29 Adar I 5779 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Beit Shalom
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 22 Adar I 5779 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Beit Shalom

A textual, philosophical, spiritual and practical interactive discourses on Jewish sources related to the events and holidays of the Jewish calendar. One of the most treasured aspects of Jewish tradition, a key to opening our minds to a different frame of reference and a different way of experiencing time, the Jewish calendar is an age-old practice that connects Jews throughout the world and rewards further study. What does it teach us today? How can we connect to the events that have come before, and that are about to arrive in the upcoming weeks? Come and join the discussion.

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March 27:

What is Hametz?

The sources and meanings behind leaven, and yeast. What is included? Why is it prohibited? How has it developed in definition and in practice over the generations of Jewish communities? How is related to the core themes of the Passover holiday?

April 3

Passover in the Community

The themes of family, community, and nationhood in relation to the Passover holiday. How does the Passover holiday relate to themes of identity, inclusion and exclusion, and the fulfillment of a covenant. Among other things - why is the passover a commandment for a family unit? Why does non-observance imply being "cut off from the community"? Why do Jews sell their Hametz to non-Jews? How do we negotiate these concepts in a modern environment?

April 10

The Origins of the Haggadah

A literary and historical analysis of some of the key structure and stories of the Haggadah: An overview of the classic text, and some of its time honored components: the four questions, the four children, the four cups of wine, and the ways the Haggadah tells the tale of transition from affliction to redemption. 

April 17

Passover Night Customs

An overview of the customs in various Jewish communities and the observances of passover night since biblical times, to allow participants to fully experience the night "as though they themselves came out of Egypt."

Sam Shnider is a volunteer officiant at Bet Shalom, and a full-time attorney in Wailuku, HI.
He grew up in Israel and studied in the Har Etzyon Yeshiva in Alon Shevut. He has led services in Beersheva and Jerusalem, at Congregation B'nai Avraham in Brooklyn, New York, the Midtown Chabad, New York, Congregation Ohav Zedek in Bayonne New Jersey, and in other places.
He moved to Maui in 2013 where he met and married Moriah Diamond.
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Wed, April 24 2019 19 Nisan 5779