CBI Events Calendar

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

Friday November 26, 12-1

Our group will NOT meet on 11/26

When our group met on November 19, we considered multiple interpretations of Genesis 12:10-20, an episode wherein Abram tells his Sarai to pretend to be his sister (so that the Pharoah will not kill him and then take Sarai as his wife/so that Abram will find favor in Pharaoh’s eyes).  The result of this deception is that Sarai, thought to be Abram’s sister, is taken into Pharaoh’s palace.  The commentators we considered included Rashi, an 11th-century French Jew, a 21st-century Jewish professor, a 21st-century Christian Evangelical physician, a 21st-century female Lubavitcher author who draws upon the work of a 13th-century mystic, a Jewish high school senior, and a 21st-century Baptist  pastor.  Their interpretations were wide ranging–as were those of members of the study group:  Abram “exploited his wife’s beauty and sexuality for economic gain’; despite his many heroic actions, Abram was a “flawed human being” with whom readers of the Torah could more easily relate; recognizing that Sarai had a guardian angel who would thwart any advances by the Egyptians, Abram knew that no harm would result from the deception (everything proceeds according to God’s divine plan); Abram and Sarai were ultimately paragons of virtue whom “God had promised to make into a great nation through whom the Savior would come to bless the whole world.” 

Our group spent some time discussing the various motives/ agendas behind these interpretations and the midrashim that engendered them, as well as how some of these explanations nearly rose to the level of holy scripture (Midrash with a capital “M,” based on exegesis–traditionally carried out methods of  interpretation) and how some explanations were simply off-the-cuff speculations (midrash with a lower case “m,” based on eisegesis–personal opinions).

In addition to Genesis 12:10-20, we discussed Chapters 13-15 which covered differences between Abram and his nephew, Lot, and how these figures functioned inthe narrative as binary opposites; Abram as a warrior hero; and God’s deepening covenant with Abram. 

When we resume our discussions on December 3, the group will look at Genesis 16-18:  Sarai’s barrenness and Hagar’s role as a surrogate mother; angelic annunciations; and more covenants and circumcision. 

Our informal group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1. Check the CBI web page for a link.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  Please bring whatever copy of the Bible you might have (the more different translations the livelier the discussion).  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu

 

 
 

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Dec
11
Sat
Torah Study with Justin Goldstein
Dec 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for an in-person, masked and socially-distanced exploration of the weekly Torah portion led by Justin Goldstein immediately following Kiddush lunch.  All are welcome!

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

Friday November 26, 12-1

Our group will NOT meet on 11/26

When our group met on November 19, we considered multiple interpretations of Genesis 12:10-20, an episode wherein Abram tells his Sarai to pretend to be his sister (so that the Pharoah will not kill him and then take Sarai as his wife/so that Abram will find favor in Pharaoh’s eyes).  The result of this deception is that Sarai, thought to be Abram’s sister, is taken into Pharaoh’s palace.  The commentators we considered included Rashi, an 11th-century French Jew, a 21st-century Jewish professor, a 21st-century Christian Evangelical physician, a 21st-century female Lubavitcher author who draws upon the work of a 13th-century mystic, a Jewish high school senior, and a 21st-century Baptist  pastor.  Their interpretations were wide ranging–as were those of members of the study group:  Abram “exploited his wife’s beauty and sexuality for economic gain’; despite his many heroic actions, Abram was a “flawed human being” with whom readers of the Torah could more easily relate; recognizing that Sarai had a guardian angel who would thwart any advances by the Egyptians, Abram knew that no harm would result from the deception (everything proceeds according to God’s divine plan); Abram and Sarai were ultimately paragons of virtue whom “God had promised to make into a great nation through whom the Savior would come to bless the whole world.” 

Our group spent some time discussing the various motives/ agendas behind these interpretations and the midrashim that engendered them, as well as how some of these explanations nearly rose to the level of holy scripture (Midrash with a capital “M,” based on exegesis–traditionally carried out methods of  interpretation) and how some explanations were simply off-the-cuff speculations (midrash with a lower case “m,” based on eisegesis–personal opinions).

In addition to Genesis 12:10-20, we discussed Chapters 13-15 which covered differences between Abram and his nephew, Lot, and how these figures functioned inthe narrative as binary opposites; Abram as a warrior hero; and God’s deepening covenant with Abram. 

When we resume our discussions on December 3, the group will look at Genesis 16-18:  Sarai’s barrenness and Hagar’s role as a surrogate mother; angelic annunciations; and more covenants and circumcision. 

Our informal group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1. Check the CBI web page for a link.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  Please bring whatever copy of the Bible you might have (the more different translations the livelier the discussion).  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu

 

 
 

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Dec
21
Tue
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Mitch
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Mitch

Tuesday, December 21 at noon. 

Please bring your own vegetarian or kosher lunch, your listening ears and your opinions (don’t be shy!).

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Dec
24
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday November 26, 12-1

Our group will NOT meet on 11/26

When our group met on November 19, we considered multiple interpretations of Genesis 12:10-20, an episode wherein Abram tells his Sarai to pretend to be his sister (so that the Pharoah will not kill him and then take Sarai as his wife/so that Abram will find favor in Pharaoh’s eyes).  The result of this deception is that Sarai, thought to be Abram’s sister, is taken into Pharaoh’s palace.  The commentators we considered included Rashi, an 11th-century French Jew, a 21st-century Jewish professor, a 21st-century Christian Evangelical physician, a 21st-century female Lubavitcher author who draws upon the work of a 13th-century mystic, a Jewish high school senior, and a 21st-century Baptist  pastor.  Their interpretations were wide ranging–as were those of members of the study group:  Abram “exploited his wife’s beauty and sexuality for economic gain’; despite his many heroic actions, Abram was a “flawed human being” with whom readers of the Torah could more easily relate; recognizing that Sarai had a guardian angel who would thwart any advances by the Egyptians, Abram knew that no harm would result from the deception (everything proceeds according to God’s divine plan); Abram and Sarai were ultimately paragons of virtue whom “God had promised to make into a great nation through whom the Savior would come to bless the whole world.” 

Our group spent some time discussing the various motives/ agendas behind these interpretations and the midrashim that engendered them, as well as how some of these explanations nearly rose to the level of holy scripture (Midrash with a capital “M,” based on exegesis–traditionally carried out methods of  interpretation) and how some explanations were simply off-the-cuff speculations (midrash with a lower case “m,” based on eisegesis–personal opinions).

In addition to Genesis 12:10-20, we discussed Chapters 13-15 which covered differences between Abram and his nephew, Lot, and how these figures functioned inthe narrative as binary opposites; Abram as a warrior hero; and God’s deepening covenant with Abram. 

When we resume our discussions on December 3, the group will look at Genesis 16-18:  Sarai’s barrenness and Hagar’s role as a surrogate mother; angelic annunciations; and more covenants and circumcision. 

Our informal group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1. Check the CBI web page for a link.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  Please bring whatever copy of the Bible you might have (the more different translations the livelier the discussion).  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu

 

 
 

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Dec
26
Sun
Torah on Tap @ CBI
Dec 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Torah on Tap @ CBI | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Take this job and shove it!”

The workplace has always had tension between what employees want and need, and what employers are will to give. But this time is different. The “Great Resignation” feels like more of a revolt, with tens of millions of workers looking for a better work/life balance. Interestingly (but not surprisingly), Torah has a lot to say about how to navigate this delicate issue. Join Alan Silverman and Rabbi Mitch for a fascinating look at what’s behind the Great Resignation and how our tradition foresaw it. 4pm at the shul. We’ll meet inside. Please feel free to bring you beverage of choice. Hope to see you there.

Join us for Torah on Tap this Sunday (4pm – 5:30) as we explore the opportunities and obstacles of change. Share your own story of growth, learn the most common impediments to change and how, with the help of our Jewish traditions, we can re-frame what it means to change – making it easier and more meaningful.

We’ll meet by the stream beside the CBI parking lot. Bring your beverage of choice, a lawn chair and a caring, open mind. Come as you are. Leave different.

 

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Dec
31
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday November 26, 12-1

Our group will NOT meet on 11/26

When our group met on November 19, we considered multiple interpretations of Genesis 12:10-20, an episode wherein Abram tells his Sarai to pretend to be his sister (so that the Pharoah will not kill him and then take Sarai as his wife/so that Abram will find favor in Pharaoh’s eyes).  The result of this deception is that Sarai, thought to be Abram’s sister, is taken into Pharaoh’s palace.  The commentators we considered included Rashi, an 11th-century French Jew, a 21st-century Jewish professor, a 21st-century Christian Evangelical physician, a 21st-century female Lubavitcher author who draws upon the work of a 13th-century mystic, a Jewish high school senior, and a 21st-century Baptist  pastor.  Their interpretations were wide ranging–as were those of members of the study group:  Abram “exploited his wife’s beauty and sexuality for economic gain’; despite his many heroic actions, Abram was a “flawed human being” with whom readers of the Torah could more easily relate; recognizing that Sarai had a guardian angel who would thwart any advances by the Egyptians, Abram knew that no harm would result from the deception (everything proceeds according to God’s divine plan); Abram and Sarai were ultimately paragons of virtue whom “God had promised to make into a great nation through whom the Savior would come to bless the whole world.” 

Our group spent some time discussing the various motives/ agendas behind these interpretations and the midrashim that engendered them, as well as how some of these explanations nearly rose to the level of holy scripture (Midrash with a capital “M,” based on exegesis–traditionally carried out methods of  interpretation) and how some explanations were simply off-the-cuff speculations (midrash with a lower case “m,” based on eisegesis–personal opinions).

In addition to Genesis 12:10-20, we discussed Chapters 13-15 which covered differences between Abram and his nephew, Lot, and how these figures functioned inthe narrative as binary opposites; Abram as a warrior hero; and God’s deepening covenant with Abram. 

When we resume our discussions on December 3, the group will look at Genesis 16-18:  Sarai’s barrenness and Hagar’s role as a surrogate mother; angelic annunciations; and more covenants and circumcision. 

Our informal group meets via Zoom every Friday from 12-1. Check the CBI web page for a link.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  Please bring whatever copy of the Bible you might have (the more different translations the livelier the discussion).  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu

 

 
 

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