Friday noon Study Group: In 2004, a few folks got together on a Friday to learn a bissle (little) Torah. Before you knew it, others wanted in as well. What started as Torah study has come to include a wide range of biblical and contemporary literary sources. Today a congenial mix of Jews and non-Jews show up each Friday to discuss various major Jewish texts and contemporary writers.
Past subjects have included the Books of Judges, Kings, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Pirkei Avot: The Ethics of the Sages, the religious philosophy of Mordecai Kaplan, Elliot Cosgrove’s Jewish Theology In Our Time, Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath, Rebecca Goldstein’s Betraying Spinoza, Sylvia Boorstein’s That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist, Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, Ruth Calderon’s A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales, Song of Songs, Julie Galambush’s The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament’s Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book, Lawrence Wright’s Thirteen Days in September: The Dramatic Story of the Struggle for Peace, the Book of Joshua, Amy-Jill Levine’s The Short Stories of Jesus, Martin Buber’s I and Thou, the Book of Hosea, Robert Wright’s The Evolution of God, and Joseph Telushkin’s Words That Hurt, Words That Heal, and Bernard-Henri Levy’s The Genius of Judaism.
We usually meet every Friday from 12-1 in CBI’s small sanctuary, but can also be accessed online via Zoom during Covid-19. All are welcome!