CBI Events Calendar

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

July 17, 2020 12-1

 Last Friday our discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 of Barry Holtz’s Rabbi Akiva focused on

  • Akiva’s tact, modesty, and kavannah while engaging in communal prayer.   Tractate Berakhot 31a describes the intensity of  Akiva’s piety/intentionality when praying alone.  Did he, perhaps when he was leading the prayer service, shorten the prayers so as to not outstrip his peers in prayer?  Were those who composed this tractate setting up Akiva as a role model, to send a warning to others who might tend to “show-off” when they led the prayer?

  • Akiva’s efforts to tactfully balance the need for ongoing continuity of tradition while also acknowledging challenges to that tradition–establishing the multivocality/legal pluralism that characterizes the Talmud.

  • the ostensible concern for maintaining ritual purity and how that purity might have been permanently compromised by how the Oven of Akhnai was constructed, despite Rabbi Eliezer’s claim that the oven could be purified.

  • the real concern in the debate over the oven may have been political–Eliezer championing tradition passed down through the ages (mesorah) and Rabbi Joshua and others championing intellect and innovation (hiddush).

  • the significance of the majority decision against Eliezer’s rulings:  that answers to problems do not reside in miracles and statements from heaven (“lo bashamayim hi”) but in the application of human intellect in interpreting the Torah.

  • the excommunication of Eliezer and the political animus that may have underpinned it, and the compassion Akiva showed toward Eliezer despite the latter’s treatment of Akiva.

At our Zoom session on July 24, we’ll consider any loose ends from Chapter 5, and then move on to a discussion of Chapter 6 (pp.130-144), “In the Orchard,” which covers another Talmudic legend that easily rivals that of the Oven of Akhnai in terms of its popularity.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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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Brunch b’Yachad
Jul 17 @ 6:53 pm – 7:53 pm

Brunch b’Yachad Join Rochelle Reich here (new link) on Friday mornings at 10:00am for some facilitated socializing followed by a discussion through a Jewish lens of a  relevant topic or current event. A joint program of CBI and the JCC.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84701664610

Meeting ID: 847 0166 4610

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

July 17, 2020 12-1

 Last Friday our discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 of Barry Holtz’s Rabbi Akiva focused on

  • Akiva’s tact, modesty, and kavannah while engaging in communal prayer.   Tractate Berakhot 31a describes the intensity of  Akiva’s piety/intentionality when praying alone.  Did he, perhaps when he was leading the prayer service, shorten the prayers so as to not outstrip his peers in prayer?  Were those who composed this tractate setting up Akiva as a role model, to send a warning to others who might tend to “show-off” when they led the prayer?

  • Akiva’s efforts to tactfully balance the need for ongoing continuity of tradition while also acknowledging challenges to that tradition–establishing the multivocality/legal pluralism that characterizes the Talmud.

  • the ostensible concern for maintaining ritual purity and how that purity might have been permanently compromised by how the Oven of Akhnai was constructed, despite Rabbi Eliezer’s claim that the oven could be purified.

  • the real concern in the debate over the oven may have been political–Eliezer championing tradition passed down through the ages (mesorah) and Rabbi Joshua and others championing intellect and innovation (hiddush).

  • the significance of the majority decision against Eliezer’s rulings:  that answers to problems do not reside in miracles and statements from heaven (“lo bashamayim hi”) but in the application of human intellect in interpreting the Torah.

  • the excommunication of Eliezer and the political animus that may have underpinned it, and the compassion Akiva showed toward Eliezer despite the latter’s treatment of Akiva.

At our Zoom session on July 24, we’ll consider any loose ends from Chapter 5, and then move on to a discussion of Chapter 6 (pp.130-144), “In the Orchard,” which covers another Talmudic legend that easily rivals that of the Oven of Akhnai in terms of its popularity.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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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Brunch b’Yachad
Jul 24 @ 6:53 pm – 7:53 pm

Brunch b’Yachad Join Rochelle Reich here (new link) on Friday mornings at 10:00am for some facilitated socializing followed by a discussion through a Jewish lens of a  relevant topic or current event. A joint program of CBI and the JCC.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84701664610

Meeting ID: 847 0166 4610

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Jul
26
Sun
Online Torah on Tap
Jul 26 @ 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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Jul
31
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

July 17, 2020 12-1

 Last Friday our discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 of Barry Holtz’s Rabbi Akiva focused on

  • Akiva’s tact, modesty, and kavannah while engaging in communal prayer.   Tractate Berakhot 31a describes the intensity of  Akiva’s piety/intentionality when praying alone.  Did he, perhaps when he was leading the prayer service, shorten the prayers so as to not outstrip his peers in prayer?  Were those who composed this tractate setting up Akiva as a role model, to send a warning to others who might tend to “show-off” when they led the prayer?

  • Akiva’s efforts to tactfully balance the need for ongoing continuity of tradition while also acknowledging challenges to that tradition–establishing the multivocality/legal pluralism that characterizes the Talmud.

  • the ostensible concern for maintaining ritual purity and how that purity might have been permanently compromised by how the Oven of Akhnai was constructed, despite Rabbi Eliezer’s claim that the oven could be purified.

  • the real concern in the debate over the oven may have been political–Eliezer championing tradition passed down through the ages (mesorah) and Rabbi Joshua and others championing intellect and innovation (hiddush).

  • the significance of the majority decision against Eliezer’s rulings:  that answers to problems do not reside in miracles and statements from heaven (“lo bashamayim hi”) but in the application of human intellect in interpreting the Torah.

  • the excommunication of Eliezer and the political animus that may have underpinned it, and the compassion Akiva showed toward Eliezer despite the latter’s treatment of Akiva.

At our Zoom session on July 24, we’ll consider any loose ends from Chapter 5, and then move on to a discussion of Chapter 6 (pp.130-144), “In the Orchard,” which covers another Talmudic legend that easily rivals that of the Oven of Akhnai in terms of its popularity.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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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Brunch b’Yachad
Jul 31 @ 6:53 pm – 7:53 pm

Brunch b’Yachad Join Rochelle Reich here (new link) on Friday mornings at 10:00am for some facilitated socializing followed by a discussion through a Jewish lens of a  relevant topic or current event. A joint program of CBI and the JCC.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84701664610

Meeting ID: 847 0166 4610

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Aug
7
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

July 17, 2020 12-1

 Last Friday our discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 of Barry Holtz’s Rabbi Akiva focused on

  • Akiva’s tact, modesty, and kavannah while engaging in communal prayer.   Tractate Berakhot 31a describes the intensity of  Akiva’s piety/intentionality when praying alone.  Did he, perhaps when he was leading the prayer service, shorten the prayers so as to not outstrip his peers in prayer?  Were those who composed this tractate setting up Akiva as a role model, to send a warning to others who might tend to “show-off” when they led the prayer?

  • Akiva’s efforts to tactfully balance the need for ongoing continuity of tradition while also acknowledging challenges to that tradition–establishing the multivocality/legal pluralism that characterizes the Talmud.

  • the ostensible concern for maintaining ritual purity and how that purity might have been permanently compromised by how the Oven of Akhnai was constructed, despite Rabbi Eliezer’s claim that the oven could be purified.

  • the real concern in the debate over the oven may have been political–Eliezer championing tradition passed down through the ages (mesorah) and Rabbi Joshua and others championing intellect and innovation (hiddush).

  • the significance of the majority decision against Eliezer’s rulings:  that answers to problems do not reside in miracles and statements from heaven (“lo bashamayim hi”) but in the application of human intellect in interpreting the Torah.

  • the excommunication of Eliezer and the political animus that may have underpinned it, and the compassion Akiva showed toward Eliezer despite the latter’s treatment of Akiva.

At our Zoom session on July 24, we’ll consider any loose ends from Chapter 5, and then move on to a discussion of Chapter 6 (pp.130-144), “In the Orchard,” which covers another Talmudic legend that easily rivals that of the Oven of Akhnai in terms of its popularity.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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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Aug
14
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

July 17, 2020 12-1

 Last Friday our discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 of Barry Holtz’s Rabbi Akiva focused on

  • Akiva’s tact, modesty, and kavannah while engaging in communal prayer.   Tractate Berakhot 31a describes the intensity of  Akiva’s piety/intentionality when praying alone.  Did he, perhaps when he was leading the prayer service, shorten the prayers so as to not outstrip his peers in prayer?  Were those who composed this tractate setting up Akiva as a role model, to send a warning to others who might tend to “show-off” when they led the prayer?

  • Akiva’s efforts to tactfully balance the need for ongoing continuity of tradition while also acknowledging challenges to that tradition–establishing the multivocality/legal pluralism that characterizes the Talmud.

  • the ostensible concern for maintaining ritual purity and how that purity might have been permanently compromised by how the Oven of Akhnai was constructed, despite Rabbi Eliezer’s claim that the oven could be purified.

  • the real concern in the debate over the oven may have been political–Eliezer championing tradition passed down through the ages (mesorah) and Rabbi Joshua and others championing intellect and innovation (hiddush).

  • the significance of the majority decision against Eliezer’s rulings:  that answers to problems do not reside in miracles and statements from heaven (“lo bashamayim hi”) but in the application of human intellect in interpreting the Torah.

  • the excommunication of Eliezer and the political animus that may have underpinned it, and the compassion Akiva showed toward Eliezer despite the latter’s treatment of Akiva.

At our Zoom session on July 24, we’ll consider any loose ends from Chapter 5, and then move on to a discussion of Chapter 6 (pp.130-144), “In the Orchard,” which covers another Talmudic legend that easily rivals that of the Oven of Akhnai in terms of its popularity.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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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Aug
21
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

July 17, 2020 12-1

 Last Friday our discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 of Barry Holtz’s Rabbi Akiva focused on

  • Akiva’s tact, modesty, and kavannah while engaging in communal prayer.   Tractate Berakhot 31a describes the intensity of  Akiva’s piety/intentionality when praying alone.  Did he, perhaps when he was leading the prayer service, shorten the prayers so as to not outstrip his peers in prayer?  Were those who composed this tractate setting up Akiva as a role model, to send a warning to others who might tend to “show-off” when they led the prayer?

  • Akiva’s efforts to tactfully balance the need for ongoing continuity of tradition while also acknowledging challenges to that tradition–establishing the multivocality/legal pluralism that characterizes the Talmud.

  • the ostensible concern for maintaining ritual purity and how that purity might have been permanently compromised by how the Oven of Akhnai was constructed, despite Rabbi Eliezer’s claim that the oven could be purified.

  • the real concern in the debate over the oven may have been political–Eliezer championing tradition passed down through the ages (mesorah) and Rabbi Joshua and others championing intellect and innovation (hiddush).

  • the significance of the majority decision against Eliezer’s rulings:  that answers to problems do not reside in miracles and statements from heaven (“lo bashamayim hi”) but in the application of human intellect in interpreting the Torah.

  • the excommunication of Eliezer and the political animus that may have underpinned it, and the compassion Akiva showed toward Eliezer despite the latter’s treatment of Akiva.

At our Zoom session on July 24, we’ll consider any loose ends from Chapter 5, and then move on to a discussion of Chapter 6 (pp.130-144), “In the Orchard,” which covers another Talmudic legend that easily rivals that of the Oven of Akhnai in terms of its popularity.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted 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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