CBI Events Calendar

Oct
2
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, October 2,  12-1 

We began last week’s discussion a little differently.  Before turning to chapters, 6-7 of Finkelstein and Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed, those of us who happened to watch a PBS episode of NOVA  ”A to Z: The First Alphabet” shared our reactions to what the program had to say about the contribution of the Israelites/Jews/Hebrews to the development of the alphabet.  The program barely mentioned the Hebrew alphabet, something that ruffled the feathers of some of us who had been given to believe that ”the oldest recorded alphabet may be Hebrew”(https://www.foxnews.com/science/hebrew-may-be-worlds-oldest-alphabet).  Many of us acknowledged that other alphabets may have preceded the Hebrew alphabet.  What was interesting, however, was our reaction to how the NOVA program seemed to assiduously avoid the mention of the word ”Hebrew,” ascribing the early alphabet to the Canaanites.  This led to a digression on the phenomenon of ”Confirmation Bias”–the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their existing beliefs or hypotheses (https://www.simplypsychology.org/confirmation-bias.html#:~:text=Confirmation%20bias%20occurs%20when%20people,alternative%20hypotheses%20and%20their%20consequences).   

The point of this discussion/digression was to consider the role ”confirmation bias” might be playing in our reading and understanding of the Finkelstein and Silberman text and the authors’ claims that the Bible doesn’t offer an accurate representation of historical reality. 

The chapters covered last week focused on the Books of Kings 1 and 2, starting with the authors’ claims that the notion of a vast united monarchy centered in Jerusalem under the leadership of Kings David and Solomon, was something of a myth promulgated by a much later  king (Josiah) who wished to expand the territory of a rural, sparsely settled Kingdom of Judah into a more prosperous, densely settled Kingdom of Israel by delegitimizing the northern territories as being sinful centers of cult worship.  Rather than being works of history, the Books of Kings were Judahite arguments intended to bolster the power and theology of King Josiah. 

When we gather on October 2, our group will take a closer look at chapters 6-8 (pp. 149-225) in The Bible Unearthed, in light of what Finkelstein and Silberman have to tell us about 930-720 BCE  and in terms of the authors’ confirmation biases and our own. 

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Oct
4
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Oct 4 @ 2:30 pm

Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Oct
9
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, October 2,  12-1 

We began last week’s discussion a little differently.  Before turning to chapters, 6-7 of Finkelstein and Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed, those of us who happened to watch a PBS episode of NOVA  ”A to Z: The First Alphabet” shared our reactions to what the program had to say about the contribution of the Israelites/Jews/Hebrews to the development of the alphabet.  The program barely mentioned the Hebrew alphabet, something that ruffled the feathers of some of us who had been given to believe that ”the oldest recorded alphabet may be Hebrew”(https://www.foxnews.com/science/hebrew-may-be-worlds-oldest-alphabet).  Many of us acknowledged that other alphabets may have preceded the Hebrew alphabet.  What was interesting, however, was our reaction to how the NOVA program seemed to assiduously avoid the mention of the word ”Hebrew,” ascribing the early alphabet to the Canaanites.  This led to a digression on the phenomenon of ”Confirmation Bias”–the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their existing beliefs or hypotheses (https://www.simplypsychology.org/confirmation-bias.html#:~:text=Confirmation%20bias%20occurs%20when%20people,alternative%20hypotheses%20and%20their%20consequences).   

The point of this discussion/digression was to consider the role ”confirmation bias” might be playing in our reading and understanding of the Finkelstein and Silberman text and the authors’ claims that the Bible doesn’t offer an accurate representation of historical reality. 

The chapters covered last week focused on the Books of Kings 1 and 2, starting with the authors’ claims that the notion of a vast united monarchy centered in Jerusalem under the leadership of Kings David and Solomon, was something of a myth promulgated by a much later  king (Josiah) who wished to expand the territory of a rural, sparsely settled Kingdom of Judah into a more prosperous, densely settled Kingdom of Israel by delegitimizing the northern territories as being sinful centers of cult worship.  Rather than being works of history, the Books of Kings were Judahite arguments intended to bolster the power and theology of King Josiah. 

When we gather on October 2, our group will take a closer look at chapters 6-8 (pp. 149-225) in The Bible Unearthed, in light of what Finkelstein and Silberman have to tell us about 930-720 BCE  and in terms of the authors’ confirmation biases and our own. 

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Oct
11
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Oct 11 @ 2:30 pm

Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Oct
16
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, October 2,  12-1 

We began last week’s discussion a little differently.  Before turning to chapters, 6-7 of Finkelstein and Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed, those of us who happened to watch a PBS episode of NOVA  ”A to Z: The First Alphabet” shared our reactions to what the program had to say about the contribution of the Israelites/Jews/Hebrews to the development of the alphabet.  The program barely mentioned the Hebrew alphabet, something that ruffled the feathers of some of us who had been given to believe that ”the oldest recorded alphabet may be Hebrew”(https://www.foxnews.com/science/hebrew-may-be-worlds-oldest-alphabet).  Many of us acknowledged that other alphabets may have preceded the Hebrew alphabet.  What was interesting, however, was our reaction to how the NOVA program seemed to assiduously avoid the mention of the word ”Hebrew,” ascribing the early alphabet to the Canaanites.  This led to a digression on the phenomenon of ”Confirmation Bias”–the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their existing beliefs or hypotheses (https://www.simplypsychology.org/confirmation-bias.html#:~:text=Confirmation%20bias%20occurs%20when%20people,alternative%20hypotheses%20and%20their%20consequences).   

The point of this discussion/digression was to consider the role ”confirmation bias” might be playing in our reading and understanding of the Finkelstein and Silberman text and the authors’ claims that the Bible doesn’t offer an accurate representation of historical reality. 

The chapters covered last week focused on the Books of Kings 1 and 2, starting with the authors’ claims that the notion of a vast united monarchy centered in Jerusalem under the leadership of Kings David and Solomon, was something of a myth promulgated by a much later  king (Josiah) who wished to expand the territory of a rural, sparsely settled Kingdom of Judah into a more prosperous, densely settled Kingdom of Israel by delegitimizing the northern territories as being sinful centers of cult worship.  Rather than being works of history, the Books of Kings were Judahite arguments intended to bolster the power and theology of King Josiah. 

When we gather on October 2, our group will take a closer look at chapters 6-8 (pp. 149-225) in The Bible Unearthed, in light of what Finkelstein and Silberman have to tell us about 930-720 BCE  and in terms of the authors’ confirmation biases and our own. 

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Oct
18
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Oct 18 @ 2:30 pm

Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Oct
23
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, October 2,  12-1 

We began last week’s discussion a little differently.  Before turning to chapters, 6-7 of Finkelstein and Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed, those of us who happened to watch a PBS episode of NOVA  ”A to Z: The First Alphabet” shared our reactions to what the program had to say about the contribution of the Israelites/Jews/Hebrews to the development of the alphabet.  The program barely mentioned the Hebrew alphabet, something that ruffled the feathers of some of us who had been given to believe that ”the oldest recorded alphabet may be Hebrew”(https://www.foxnews.com/science/hebrew-may-be-worlds-oldest-alphabet).  Many of us acknowledged that other alphabets may have preceded the Hebrew alphabet.  What was interesting, however, was our reaction to how the NOVA program seemed to assiduously avoid the mention of the word ”Hebrew,” ascribing the early alphabet to the Canaanites.  This led to a digression on the phenomenon of ”Confirmation Bias”–the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their existing beliefs or hypotheses (https://www.simplypsychology.org/confirmation-bias.html#:~:text=Confirmation%20bias%20occurs%20when%20people,alternative%20hypotheses%20and%20their%20consequences).   

The point of this discussion/digression was to consider the role ”confirmation bias” might be playing in our reading and understanding of the Finkelstein and Silberman text and the authors’ claims that the Bible doesn’t offer an accurate representation of historical reality. 

The chapters covered last week focused on the Books of Kings 1 and 2, starting with the authors’ claims that the notion of a vast united monarchy centered in Jerusalem under the leadership of Kings David and Solomon, was something of a myth promulgated by a much later  king (Josiah) who wished to expand the territory of a rural, sparsely settled Kingdom of Judah into a more prosperous, densely settled Kingdom of Israel by delegitimizing the northern territories as being sinful centers of cult worship.  Rather than being works of history, the Books of Kings were Judahite arguments intended to bolster the power and theology of King Josiah. 

When we gather on October 2, our group will take a closer look at chapters 6-8 (pp. 149-225) in The Bible Unearthed, in light of what Finkelstein and Silberman have to tell us about 930-720 BCE  and in terms of the authors’ confirmation biases and our own. 

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Oct
25
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Oct 25 @ 2:30 pm

Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Online Torah on Tap
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
With so much of CBI’s programming unavoidably cancelled, we’re working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person.

Please join me this Sunday, April 26, at 4:00pm, when we will be holding Torah on Tap via Zoom.

A link to the online discussion group is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we speak.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Sunday at 4:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790.  Easy instructions are below this message.

This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

Alan Silverman

Torah on Tap Host

Instructions for Downloading Zoom

The first time you ever use Zoom on a computer, do the following:

Go to https://zoom.us
Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears
Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”
If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”
Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer

The first time you ever use Zoom on a smart phone, do the following:
Go to the App Store and find “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and download it (it is free)

Instructions for attending Torah on Tap on CBI’s Zoom Account:

Right before the start of services, either go to https://zoom.us on your computer or open your Zoom app on your smartphone
Click “Join a Meeting”
Type in this Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790 and click “Join”
If you’re using the computer and Zoom asks you to allow it to open “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes” or “Open” and then click “Join With Computer Audio”
If you’re using a smart phone and Zoom asks you to allow using the microphone/camera, allow it
If it says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”, just wait a few minutes for Alan to start the meeting

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

 

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Join us on the last Sunday of the month online for a refreshing and often provocative discussion. Each month, we take on a new topic – often ripped from the headlines of today’s news. We spend the first 45 minutes wrapping our arms around it, defining it, dissecting and analyzing it from various viewpoints. Then we spend the rest of the time discussing it from Judaism’s point of view.

  • What’s Judaism’s take on universal healthcare?
  • Would Moses walk the streets of Chicago today packing heat?
  • Is it okay to punch a white supremacist?

Torah on Tap gives us a chance to learn, vent, share and, most of all, understand what 4,000 years of cultural development, debate and dialogue has to say about some of the issues that confront us today. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged.

See you there!

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Oct
30
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, October 2,  12-1 

We began last week’s discussion a little differently.  Before turning to chapters, 6-7 of Finkelstein and Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed, those of us who happened to watch a PBS episode of NOVA  ”A to Z: The First Alphabet” shared our reactions to what the program had to say about the contribution of the Israelites/Jews/Hebrews to the development of the alphabet.  The program barely mentioned the Hebrew alphabet, something that ruffled the feathers of some of us who had been given to believe that ”the oldest recorded alphabet may be Hebrew”(https://www.foxnews.com/science/hebrew-may-be-worlds-oldest-alphabet).  Many of us acknowledged that other alphabets may have preceded the Hebrew alphabet.  What was interesting, however, was our reaction to how the NOVA program seemed to assiduously avoid the mention of the word ”Hebrew,” ascribing the early alphabet to the Canaanites.  This led to a digression on the phenomenon of ”Confirmation Bias”–the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their existing beliefs or hypotheses (https://www.simplypsychology.org/confirmation-bias.html#:~:text=Confirmation%20bias%20occurs%20when%20people,alternative%20hypotheses%20and%20their%20consequences).   

The point of this discussion/digression was to consider the role ”confirmation bias” might be playing in our reading and understanding of the Finkelstein and Silberman text and the authors’ claims that the Bible doesn’t offer an accurate representation of historical reality. 

The chapters covered last week focused on the Books of Kings 1 and 2, starting with the authors’ claims that the notion of a vast united monarchy centered in Jerusalem under the leadership of Kings David and Solomon, was something of a myth promulgated by a much later  king (Josiah) who wished to expand the territory of a rural, sparsely settled Kingdom of Judah into a more prosperous, densely settled Kingdom of Israel by delegitimizing the northern territories as being sinful centers of cult worship.  Rather than being works of history, the Books of Kings were Judahite arguments intended to bolster the power and theology of King Josiah. 

When we gather on October 2, our group will take a closer look at chapters 6-8 (pp. 149-225) in The Bible Unearthed, in light of what Finkelstein and Silberman have to tell us about 930-720 BCE  and in terms of the authors’ confirmation biases and our own. 

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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