January 24, 2020, 12-1
We began our Study Group discussion last week with a consideration of some questions posed in Rabbi David Wolpe’s Why Faith Matters: Do each of us have “a specific call from God? . . . what is God calling [us] to do?” (p. 212). Most of us agreed to having a “calling” (and many of those callings involved making the world a better place). Few of us indicated that the calling came from God but rather from an inner voice, from an inclination inspired by our parents or other role models. We then turned our attention to Chapter 3 and the question of whether religion causes violence. We all seemed to agree that Wolpe made a cogent case for his thesis that “The majority of human conflicts in human history have controlling motivations that are not religious.” We were a bit less certain with Wolpe’s implication that aggression was somehow built into our human nature and that religion was a powerful force for curbing human tendencies to behave selfishly or violently.
This Friday, we’ll briefly continue our discussion of the above with some attention to Professor Huston Smith’s claim the man is by nature religious. We’ll then turn our attention to Chapter 4 of Why Faith Matters, “Does Science Disprove Religion?” Issues brought up in the book’s Study Guide (pp. 214-215–can science co-exist with religion? Why are some people so determined to deny the possibility that God exists? Does believing in God help science make more sense? –will help focus our discussion.
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. Why Faith Matters is available on a variety of internet outlets. If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Yahrzeit for Tree of Life
Sunday, October 27th at Congregation Beth HaTephila, 43 North Liberty Street
Healing from the Tree of Life Shooting & Confronting Antisemitism:
A Memorial Service & Workshop
Tree of Life Yahrzeit Memorial Service – 2 pm in Sanctuary
Join your Jewish community for a pluralistic memorial service honoring the victims of the Tree of Life shooting. Kosher oneg to immediately follow.
Confronting Antisemitism Workshop – 3:30 pm in Unger Hall
Join us for a free workshop exploring the relationship between antisemitism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. Learn more about the antisemitism that fueled the shooting and how we can transform our grief into action.
Sponsored by Carolina Jews for Justice – West
Organized by the Asheville Southern Jewish Collective:
Ben Kohan, Deanna Goldner, Hannah Limov, Lavender Ross, Maia Ross Trupin, Marika Straw, Nechoma Morgan, & Sarah Julia Seldin
Join us on the last Sunday of the month at Archetype Brewing (dowtown north) for a refreshing and often provocative discussion over a pint (or two) of great brew. 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.
In addition to drinks, Archetype also offers small, locally-made bites available for purchase, including Poppy Popcorn, Asheville Pretzel Company pretzels, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm meat sticks. Plenty of parking in the rear.
See you there!