Friday Noon Study Group - The Genius of Judaism

Date: March 24, 2017Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:  Show map Congregation Beth Israel
229 Murdock Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804

PLEASE NOTE:  Our group will be taking a two-week break and will resume with a new topic on Friday, March 10:

The Genius of Judaism by Bernard-Henri Levy

The Genius of Judaism is a breathtaking new vision and understanding of what it means to be a Jew, a vision quite different from the one we’re used to. It is rooted in the Talmudic traditions of argument and conflict, rather than biblical commandments, borne out in struggle and study, not in blind observance. At the very heart of the matter is an obligation to the other . . . .   Lévy offers a fresh, surprising critique of a new and stealthy form of anti-Semitism on the rise as well as a provocative defense of Israel from the left. He reveals the overlooked Jewish roots of Western democratic ideals and confronts the current Islamist threat while intellectually dismantling it. Jews are not a “chosen people,” Lévy explains, but a “treasure” whose spirit must continue to inform moral thinking and courage today. 

Europe's foremost philosopher and activist confronts his spiritual roots and the religion that has always inspired and shaped him—but that he has never fully reckoned with.

Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from noon to one in the CBI Social Hall.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise, and regardless of whether they've attended any previous sessions.   If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu