CBI Events Calendar

Feb
10
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday Noon Study Group  February 10  12-1

Last week, our discussion of the Epistle to the Hebrews was so engaging that we were only able to cover a chapter and a half  (7:11-28 and 8).   The author continued to make a case for the superiority of Christ’s priesthood, arguing that “perfection” (a complete relationship between man and God) had been “weak and ineffectual” under the Levitical priesthood.  The author’s argument, drawing upon Psalm 110 from the Tanach, included such points as
  • Jesus, like Melchizedek in the Hebrew Bible, was a priest “not through a a legal requirement concerning physical descent” (he descended from Judah rather than Levi).
  • Levitical priests “were prevented by death from continuing in office,” whereas “because he continues forever.” Jesus “holds his priesthood permanently.”
  • Jesus was “holy, blameless, and undefiled,” while high priests appointed through Mosaic law “are subject to weakness.”
  • Levitical priests offered sacrifices “day after day,” but Jesus did this “once for all when he offered himself.”
A central point of the seventh chapter of Hebrews is that Jesus “has become the guarantee of a better covenant.”  This “better covenant” is the focus of Chapter 8, which takes as its prooftext Jeremiah 31: 31-34.  Arguing that God’s previous covenant with Israel had its faults, the author of Hebrews cites Jeremiah who claims that God established with Israel a “new covenant . . . not like the covenant that [He] made with their ancestors.”  This new covenant will be put in people’s minds and written on their hearts. Chapter 8 concludes, “In speaking of a ‘new covenant,’ he has made the first one obsolete.  And what is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear.”
Our group’s discussion then centered upon how Hebrews 8 has been interpreted by Jews and Christians and on the impact of those interpretations.
One Christian interpretation of this chapter asserts:
“The nation of Israel failed to live up to the terms of the old covenant. It was impossible because of the radical depravity of man. Of course, it was never meant to bring salvation. . . . The new covenant was required because of the sin problem. . . , The new covenant does not promise sinlessness, but forgiveness. We are saved sinners. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. . . . The new covenant is a covenant of sovereign grace. It accomplished what the law and the old covenant could never do.”  http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/jer31v31.html 
Jewish interpretations of the same chapter include
“The Jewish view of the mere wording “new covenant” is no more than a renewed national commitment to abide by God’s laws. In this view, the word new does not refer to a new commitment that replaces a previous one, but rather to an additional and greater level of commitment.” https://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/4714-covenant#2888
“The covenant of old is of eternal duration, never to be rescinded or to be superseded by a new covenant (Leviticus 26:44-45) . . . . Jeremiah’s “new covenant” is not a replacement of the existing covenant, but merely a figure of speech expressing the reinvigoration and revitalization of the existing covenant.” https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/is-jeremiahs-qnew-covenantq-jeremiah-3131-34-a-prophecy-fulfilled-by-the-new-testament/
It should be pointed out that while many Christians do accept some form of the Christian argument stated above, at least one of our group’s Christian participants objects to the supersessionist divisiveness engendered by distinguishing between old and new covenants.
This Friday, we’ll proceed by looking more closely at Chapters 9-11  in the Epistle to the Hebrews.  The author’s focus continues to be on differences between the priesthood of Christ and that of the Levitical priests.  Chapter 11, which we may not get to, speaks of the importance of faith.
Our discussion group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1 (see the CBI web site or Weekly Announcements for a Zoom link).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions. Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation). 
 
 
 
 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Feb
11
Sat
Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Feb 11 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat morning services in-person or via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Masks and social distancing are still required for all services that are likely to include singing and chanting.
Masks and social distancing are optional for all smaller, non-singing/chanting gatherings for fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated adults should always wear a mask.
Beginning with Saturday July 3rd, we will return to holding Shabbat morning services every Shabbat.  You will still be required to register in advance to attend services in the event that contract tracing should become necessary.  You can register online through the Wednesday weekly eblast.  If you’d like to receive the weekly eblast, click here.

Join the Zoom service by going to Our Virtual Community page here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.

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Havdalah Ritual & Intuitive Creative Artwork @ CBI
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm
Havdalah Ritual & Intuitive Creative Artwork @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us every Saturday at 6pm for havdalah ritual followed by intuitive artwork creation! The individual and collaborative pieces we make together will be part of a Shavuot art display on our “collective revelation” this Spring. Bring your own art supplies/project or just show up! !

Organized by Tikva Wolf (text her with questions: 919-5-TIKVAH).

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Feb
17
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday Noon Study Group  February 10  12-1

Last week, our discussion of the Epistle to the Hebrews was so engaging that we were only able to cover a chapter and a half  (7:11-28 and 8).   The author continued to make a case for the superiority of Christ’s priesthood, arguing that “perfection” (a complete relationship between man and God) had been “weak and ineffectual” under the Levitical priesthood.  The author’s argument, drawing upon Psalm 110 from the Tanach, included such points as
  • Jesus, like Melchizedek in the Hebrew Bible, was a priest “not through a a legal requirement concerning physical descent” (he descended from Judah rather than Levi).
  • Levitical priests “were prevented by death from continuing in office,” whereas “because he continues forever.” Jesus “holds his priesthood permanently.”
  • Jesus was “holy, blameless, and undefiled,” while high priests appointed through Mosaic law “are subject to weakness.”
  • Levitical priests offered sacrifices “day after day,” but Jesus did this “once for all when he offered himself.”
A central point of the seventh chapter of Hebrews is that Jesus “has become the guarantee of a better covenant.”  This “better covenant” is the focus of Chapter 8, which takes as its prooftext Jeremiah 31: 31-34.  Arguing that God’s previous covenant with Israel had its faults, the author of Hebrews cites Jeremiah who claims that God established with Israel a “new covenant . . . not like the covenant that [He] made with their ancestors.”  This new covenant will be put in people’s minds and written on their hearts. Chapter 8 concludes, “In speaking of a ‘new covenant,’ he has made the first one obsolete.  And what is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear.”
Our group’s discussion then centered upon how Hebrews 8 has been interpreted by Jews and Christians and on the impact of those interpretations.
One Christian interpretation of this chapter asserts:
“The nation of Israel failed to live up to the terms of the old covenant. It was impossible because of the radical depravity of man. Of course, it was never meant to bring salvation. . . . The new covenant was required because of the sin problem. . . , The new covenant does not promise sinlessness, but forgiveness. We are saved sinners. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. . . . The new covenant is a covenant of sovereign grace. It accomplished what the law and the old covenant could never do.”  http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/jer31v31.html 
Jewish interpretations of the same chapter include
“The Jewish view of the mere wording “new covenant” is no more than a renewed national commitment to abide by God’s laws. In this view, the word new does not refer to a new commitment that replaces a previous one, but rather to an additional and greater level of commitment.” https://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/4714-covenant#2888
“The covenant of old is of eternal duration, never to be rescinded or to be superseded by a new covenant (Leviticus 26:44-45) . . . . Jeremiah’s “new covenant” is not a replacement of the existing covenant, but merely a figure of speech expressing the reinvigoration and revitalization of the existing covenant.” https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/is-jeremiahs-qnew-covenantq-jeremiah-3131-34-a-prophecy-fulfilled-by-the-new-testament/
It should be pointed out that while many Christians do accept some form of the Christian argument stated above, at least one of our group’s Christian participants objects to the supersessionist divisiveness engendered by distinguishing between old and new covenants.
This Friday, we’ll proceed by looking more closely at Chapters 9-11  in the Epistle to the Hebrews.  The author’s focus continues to be on differences between the priesthood of Christ and that of the Levitical priests.  Chapter 11, which we may not get to, speaks of the importance of faith.
Our discussion group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1 (see the CBI web site or Weekly Announcements for a Zoom link).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions. Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation). 
 
 
 
 

      

 

 

 

 

 
 

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How does it Feel? A Bob Dylan Shabbat @ A Bob Dylan Shabbat
Feb 17 @ 3:00 pm

How does it Feel?  A Bob Dylan Shabbat

February 17 and 18

Co-presented by Asheville JCC, Beth HaTephila, Beth Israel and Center for Jewish Studies at UNCA

Friday afternoon, 3pm TBC at UNCA TBC building
On the Spiritual Soundtracks of Our Lives

How does popular music illuminate the spiritual pathways of our lives? Join us for a conversation on the meaning embedded in the music we love (with a unique emphasis on Bob Dylan) with authors Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff, poet and scholar Rick Chess, and other friends. Books will be available for purchase.

 

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat at Beth HaTephila @ Beth HaTephila
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm

“Oh Sister” – Greeting the Sabbath Queen with Bob Dylan

Jewish lore speaks of the Sabbath as a union of two star-struck partners, whose love animates the worship that welcomes the Sabbath and carries us on the wings of song through Saturday night. We’ll greet the “Shekhina,” or Sabbath Queen, with melodies inspired by Bob Dylan, and accompanied by community clergy

 

 

 

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Feb
18
Sat
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Awakening the Heart: Contemplative Shabbat Practice
Join us at CBI for an hour of chanting, meditation, and reflection. Using verses from several prayers, we’ll chant to begin opening our hearts. We’ll then move into a period of meditation with instructions to deepen our awareness of our inner lives. Finally, we’ll have a brief period to reflect on our experiences. Following our contemplative Shabbat practice, participants are welcome to join the regular Shabbat service taking place in the main sanctuary.
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Saturday Morning In-Person and Online Services
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat morning services in-person or via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Masks and social distancing are still required for all services that are likely to include singing and chanting.
Masks and social distancing are optional for all smaller, non-singing/chanting gatherings for fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated adults should always wear a mask.
Beginning with Saturday July 3rd, we will return to holding Shabbat morning services every Shabbat.  You will still be required to register in advance to attend services in the event that contract tracing should become necessary.  You can register online through the Wednesday weekly eblast.  If you’d like to receive the weekly eblast, click here.

Join the Zoom service by going to Our Virtual Community page here, then scroll down and click on the blue Saturday Morning Service button.

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Shabbat Morning Services – D’Var Torah and Reflection @ Beth Israel
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am

Shabbat Morning Services – D’var Torah and Reflection at Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Avenue, 9:30am

How Does It Feel? Dylan’s Many Masks and What It Means for Us

Purim is the season of masks, of extremes, of stories and rituals that challenge our day-to-day in order to teach us something new – just like rock and roll and just like Bob Dylan. Scholar and writer Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff will share a vision of masks and deeper understandings at the nexus of the wisdom of Purim and good old Bob Dylan.

Class after Kiddush luncheon/1pm(featuring Dylan’s own Heaven’s Door whiskey!), Beth Israel

About Man and God and Law: The Spiritual Wisdom of Bob Dylan

Join Stephen to continue the conversation on the spiritual wisdom of Bob Dylan, exploring themes and texts from his songs in context of classic Jewish wisdom.

OUR SPEAKER

Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff illuminates the intersection of popular culture and religion. His book About Man and God and Law: The Spiritual Wisdom of Bob Dylan has been called “evocative,” “soulful,” “stirring,” and “a revelation.” Teaching and lecturing around the world, Stephen lives in Jerusalem, where he is CEO of the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center. Find out more at www.mangodlaw.com.

BOOKS

Malaprops will be on site Friday afternoon and Saturday evening to facilitate book sale

 

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Shabbat Morning Services – D’Var Torah and Reflection With Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff @ CBI
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am

Shabbat Morning Services – D’var Torah and Reflection at Beth Israel

How Does It Feel? Dylan’s Many Masks and What It Means for Us

Purim is the season of masks, of extremes, of stories and rituals that challenge our day-to-day in order to teach us something new – just like rock and roll and just like Bob Dylan. Scholar, poet and writer Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff will share a vision of masks and deeper understandings at the nexus of the wisdom of Purim and good old Bob Dylan.

Class after Kiddush luncheon/1pm(featuring Dylan’s own Heaven’s Door whiskey!), Beth Israel

About Man and God and Law: The Spiritual Wisdom of Bob Dylan

Join Stephen to continue the conversation on the spiritual wisdom of Bob Dylan, exploring themes and texts from his songs in context of classic Jewish wisdom.

 

 

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