Once a joyous water-drawing ritual and festive nighttime gathering in the Temple, our Sages taught that one who had not seen the joy of the Beit HaShoevah had not seen joy. Join Rabbi Justin in the sukkah (weather permitting, we will be inside in case of rain) for a meaningful discussion on cultivating collective joy even in times of personal struggle.
February 28 and March 6, 2020 12-1
Our group will NOT meet on Friday, February 28.
Last Friday our group discussed Rabbi Wolpe’s claim (in response to some of his atheist opponents) that “unaided by emotion, by vision, reason is a poor compass with which to navigate the world. . . . To fashion a reason that will help us survive, the world needs God” (Ch. 5 of Why Faith Matters). We then moved on to Chapter 6 and Wolpe’s perspectives on “Reading the Bible.” Much of the material in this chapter has been the topic of discussion before: the Bible speaks anew to each receptive spirit in each age; the Bible is an ever-evolving text that cannot be paraphrased; the Bible must be reinterpreted in every generation; the Bible can’t be evaluated in a single reading; the Bible offers different messages depending upon the care with which it is read and upon the reader’s approach. Perhaps the most important takeaway from this chapter is Wolpe’s observation that reading the Bible offers us ways of seeing the world, and his claim that “Faith is not a proposition but an orientation to the universe.”
When we meet on March 6, we’ll complete our discussion Rabbi Wolpe’s book with a look at Chapters 7 and 8: “Is Religion Good for You?” and “Why Faith Matters.” To supplement our discussion, participants are encouraged to read Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, “Gimpel the Fool,” which can be found at the following link:
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1 in the CBI Library. All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that our group will take a week off for good behavior and will NOT meet on March 13. We will resume on March 20, when we take on a new topic, Writings of the Apostle Paul.
Join us for a participatory, high-energy Shabbat service, sure to inspire, uplift, educate and engage. Be sure to hang around for food and schmoozing at our Kiddish lunch.
CBI’s Milk & Honey Hour brings together young Jewish families to schmooze and acclimate their little ones (newborn to 4 yrs) to their spiritual home away from home. Once a month on the third Saturday of the month, we meet at CBI for an hour-long Jewish experience designed to expose children to the sights, sounds and smells of Judaism.
The first 30 minutes is for socializing and playing, enjoying read-to-me time and allowing the little ones to explore the synagogue. Feel free to wander where your child leads, in and out of the sanctuary, on to the bima, nothing is off limits.
The second half features singing with Penny White, Jewish Asheville’s pied piper. She’ll teach Shabbat songs, nigguns (wordless melodies), Hebrew lullabies and Jewish holiday tunes you can continue singing to your kids at home. While the youngest absorb the rhythms and melodies, the older toddlers are encouraged to play along on drums and tambourines.
All the while, the kids are exposed to the in the background sounds and melodies of the Shabbat service coming from the sanctuary. The entire hour-long experience is designed to imprint positive Jewish memories that will last a lifetime. This program is designed for any Jewish family with kids under the age of four. You need not be a member of CBI to participate.
Children and teens are invited to join Josefa Briant for a youth service in the small sanctuary at 10:45am. Later we’ll join the congregation in the main sanctuary to participate in part of the Musaf service. All are welcome!
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 infuing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.
Ready to give it a try? Join us (usually) on the first and third Sunday of each month from 1pm – 3pm. No previous meditation experience necessary. This opportunity is free and open to all. Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, 43 North Libery Street in North Asheville.