Chabad of Harford County celebrates Purim and Passover and offers classes and prayer services in Bel Air

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Rabbi Kushi Schusterman brought the Chabad of Harford County to downtown Bel Air  just last year and is now looking for members to join its community of about 100 who worship in the basement at 102 N. Main St. at the corner of Lee and Main Streets. Schusterman, who came here from his former position with the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, N.Y., has a lot of events planned to celebrate Purim and Passover. Check out the list below. For more information on The Chabad of Harford County visit their website at www.HarfordJewish.com and Facebook page or call 443-353-9718. To donate: www.HarfordJewish.com/Donate

Event Type: Prayer Service

Date: March 18 6:00 PM

Title: Pre-Purim-Prayer Parshat Zachor

Services are traditional and conducted in Hebrew, with readings in English. In reality each individual among us knows how he or she best communicates with G-d. At Chabad the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance.
Event Type: Holiday Event

Date: March 19 8:30 PM

Name: Purimtini Purim Party

More Info: Fee: $10 Per Person

Entertainment By Mr. D. mixing comedy, mind reading, magic and audience participation. “Mr. D.” has performed for  Ringo Starr and The Ravens.

Featuring:

Community Ambiance

Relaxing Atmosphere

Refreshments

Megillah Reading

A Night Out in Town

Kosher Fun

L’Chaim

www.HarfordJewish.com/Purim2011

Event Type: Holiday Event

Date: March 20th 4pm

Name: Family Purim Party Israel Style

More Info:  Fee $10 Per Person

Featuring:

Your Caricature Souvenir

Israeli Music

Squeeze your own Oranges

Decorate Cards to send to Israeli soldiers

Have your Picture taken at the western wall

Listen to the megillah

write a letter to God at our very own western wall (all letters will be sent to israel and placed at the wall)

Israeli Style Buffet Dinner

Come in Purim or Israeli Costume

www.HarfordJewish.com/Purim2011

Event Type: Weekly Class
Date: March 23 7:30pm
Title: Immersed in G-dly Precision

If we examine anything of great value and beauty in this world, whether it is natural or man-made, we will find a work of great complexity, where every detail counts. Everything about Torah, from the letters of a Torah Scroll to the final rulings of the Jewish Law -which is ultimately G-d’s detailed instructions to us for how to interact with His highly nuanced world- is similarly exact. We therefore take great joy and pleasure in understanding and immersing ourselves in the precise details of G-dly observance in theory and in practice.

In this week’s class we will look at some of the details behind one of the most beautiful, mysterious and important mitzvot that we have, the mitzvah of mikvah, and how it serves as a practical metaphor for our relationship with the Divine.
Event Type: Weekly Class
Date: March 30 7:30pm
Title: What it Means to be Human

What does it mean to be human, and what are the defining features that set us apart from animals? At the core of the Torah’s answer are man’s dual nature—comprising two opposite potentials for good and evil—and the power of free choice to manifest either at any time.
We will show in today’s lesson that man’s ability and choice to sin is unique in creation, and that sin itself provides an additional dimension to our definition of a human being. In order to have the potential to sin, the human soul must in part come from the lowest point of the spiritual universe. But it is precisely and only because our basest drives come from such a low place that we can rise to the greatest spiritual heights.

Event Type: Prayer Service
Date: April 2nd 10:00 AM

Title: Miracles Prayer Service   Parshat Hachodesh

Services are traditional and conducted in Hebrew, with readings in English. In reality each individual among us knows how he or she best communicates with G-d. At Chabad the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance.
Event Type: Weekly Class
Date: April 6 7:30pm
Title: The Most Hidden Treasure

In this week’s Torah portion we learn about an extraordinarily painful, disfiguring and ultimately fatal disease called tzora’at. This disease was unique in that it would even contaminate inanimate matter, like rocks and limestone. The result of affliction with tzora’at was so horrific that even before a human was contaminated, the Torah ordered entire homes to be completely demolished when the disease was found to have spread to a house’s walls. And yet, our sages tell us, the demolishing of these homes was a good thing-beneficial and a blessing.

In this week’s class we will explore a theme that has been discussed for as long as we human beings have pondered the world in which we live: The link between hardships, loss and God’s consistent, ever-present goodness and kindness.

Event Type: Prayer Service
Date: April 16 6 PM

Title: Pre Passover Prayer Shabbos Hagadol

Services are traditional and conducted in Hebrew, with readings in English. In reality each individual among us knows how he or she best communicates with G-d. At Chabad the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance.

Event Type: Holiday Event

Date Monday, April 18, 2011

Name: 1st Passover Seder

There is a seat for you at Chabad’s Passover Seder!  Join us for a warm, interactive Community Passover Seder. Enjoy a full course, sumptuous Seder feast, with all the traditional delicacies – and lots of wine! The story of exodus will come alive through the kabbalistic insights and mystical teachings told with humor and melody. Our Seder is English friendly so everyone can feel welcome.
RSVP required: www.HarfordJewish.com/seder

Event Type: Holiday Event

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Name: 2nd Passover Seder

There is a seat for you at Chabad’s Passover Seder!  Join us for a warm, interactive Community Passover Seder. Enjoy a full course, sumptuous Seder feast, with all the traditional delicacies – and lots of wine! The story of exodus will come alive through the kabbalistic insights and mystical teachings told with humor and melody. Our Seder is English friendly so everyone can feel welcome.
RSVP required: www.HarfordJewish.com/seder

Event Type: Weekly Class
Date: April 13 7:30pm
Title: Can I Love G-d Too Much?

In an age where nothing seems more necessary than greater spirituality and closeness to G-d, it seems almost absurd for there to be something wrong with trying to become too close to Him. Nevertheless, the Torah gives us many examples of cases where too great of a religious enthusiasm led to ruin. For example, we learn in this parsha that on the day of the inauguration of the Tabernacle, two sons of Aaron brought an unsolicited sacrifice into the Holy of Holies, and they lost their lives as a result. In the aftermath of this episode, God gave Moshe a command to give Aaron himself. It was a very strict warning that he should not come into the Holy of Holies, except on Yom Kippur with only the designated sacrifices. A Midrash related to this warning contains a parable explaining Aaron’s potentially destructive love of God.

In this week’s lesson we will explore Aaron’s love of G-d in the context of that parable and find out how through our relationship with a spiritual mentor each of us can determine the appropriate measure of closeness and respectful distance that we should seek in our own relationship with God.

Event Type: Weekly Class
Date: May 4 7:30pm
Title: Speak Good and it will Be Good

In an age where positive visualization and “The Secret” are all the rage, it is important for us to realize that the depressing and negative world that emerged from post-war Europe was revolutionized by a Jewish spiritual leader who always sought to find the good in everything- in every situation, and in every person. This week’s lesson is about not just seeing the goodness in life, but more importantly, how to spread that goodness by speaking about it. While it is very important for every Jew to focus on lashon hora, and the destructive, negative power of speech, it may be even more important in our own age to be mindful of what positive speech can accomplish. In this lesson, we will examine the Chabad Rebbe’s view of the transformational power positive speaking.

Event Type: Prayer Service
Date: May 7 10:00 AM

Title: Emor-Omer Prayer Service
Services are traditional and conducted in Hebrew, with readings in English. In reality each individual among us knows how he or she best communicates with G-d. At Chabad the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance.
Event Type: Weekly Class
Date: May 11 7:30pm
Title: The Kabbalah of Interest

The charging of interest to another Jew is a very serious prohibition that the Prophet Ezekiel lists among the worst of transgressions. But loans are a central part of any healthy economy, and Jewish legal authorities throughout history have grappled with ways to preserve the economic value of loans for all parties. Contemporary scholars have sought to apply these complex rulings to modern situations – especially in the State of Israel. The question is: Why can’t you charge a fair rate of interest? Why should you lose out by doing someone a favor?

In this week’s class we will explore the meaning of the Torah’s prohibition against charging interest, and what it can teach us about the general relationship between the G-dly Jewish soul and the mundane, material world.

Event Type: Weekly Class
May 18 7:30pm
Title: Can a Person Give Too Much?

The primary theme of Leviticus is Holiness- the conditions and actions that enable us to unleash our G-dly potential and rise above our animalistic natures. There is no action where Holyness is more manifest than in the act of giving charity. With the exception of some Social Darwinists and some Hindus who believe that the poor are meant to be poor as a matter of natural or divine law, the whole world recognizes the fundamental human obligation to care for the needy. And as the Chabad Rebbe often noted, this refers not only to those who are deprived of the most basic material sustenance, but to those who are in spiritual need as well. While most people leave it up to their current emotional and financial state in deciding how much to give, Jewish law is very specific as to the limits and boundaries of charity. A key question disputed by the sages and commentaries has been over the issue of whether or not there are upper limits to one’s generosity. Can one give too much? Is it a mitzvah to impoverish oneself by helping others out of poverty? In this week’s class we will examine this important legal question in the light of Hassidic Thought

Event Type: Prayer Service
Date: May 20th 6:00 PM

Title: Pesach Sheni – Second Chance Prayer Service
Services are traditional and conducted in Hebrew, with readings in English. In reality each individual among us knows how he or she best communicates with G-d. At Chabad the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance.