Friday Noon Study Group

January 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, December 13, 12-1


We will continue our weekly conversations on issues related to Jewish sensibilities.

For the past 50 years the publication Sh’ma Now has curated a distilled “conversation” bringing to­gether several voices around a single theme. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.

Last week, our group took up the concept of Limnot Yameinu: Counting our days.  14 participants engaged in a lively discussion of such issues as:  the value of acknowledging and grieving (as opposed to denying) our mortality and inevitable decline;  wide-ranging, and often contradictory, Jewish texts on life after death; what we ourselves imagined or rejected regarding afterlife; and understanding death as both a “closing” and an “opening.”

This week, December 13, we’ll explore Anavah/Humility

How do we find a balance between our own needs as individuals and as ones who engage with the world around us? 

Next week, December 20, we’ll explore Machlochet L’Shem Shamayim/Argument for the sake of Heaven

How do we participate in constructive argumentation? How are we shaped by such discourse?

*Once you get to the first page, you’ll need to click on the “Download PDF” button that appears on the screen in order to get the text of the full issue of Sh’ma Now.

Our informal discussion group, which has been in operation for nearly 20 years, 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

I hope to see many of you on Friday the 13th (don’t let the date scare you away!).  If you plan on coming, please access and read the materials posted on the Sh’ma Now links.

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