As Jews around the world prepare for the celebration of freedom &

the Passover Holiday &

Rabbi David Zaslow, spiritual leader of the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland, will do a teaching on Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Jewish Spirituality Series entitled "The Secrets of Passover."

"Passover is not just about the historic release of the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt," Zaslow said. "To the Jewish mystics Passover has an inner dimension &

the liberation of our selves from those aspects of our personalities that keep us in bondage."

In this class Rabbi David will discuss the primary aspects of people's psyches that can be transformed from "oppressor" to "liberator."

On Tuesday evening, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Zaslow will present a talk on "Counting the Omer: From Liberation to Revelation." Fifty days after the liberation from their bondage in Egypt, the ancient Israelites found themselves at Mt. Sinai where the revelation of the Ten Commandments took place. This festival is called Shavuot, and religious Jews count each day from Passover until the 50th day. In Greek, the 50th day was known as Pentecost.

Participants will learn about the seven primary personality attributes that Jewish people attempt to refine each day as they reenact a ritual known as "counting the Omer," or counting each of the 49 days from liberation until the revelation at Sinai.

Both talks are open to the public and free of charge. Havurah Shir Hadash is located at 185 N. Mountain Avenue, Ashland. For more information, call 488-7716.