Jewish texts deal with significant questions about the meaning of life, from the theological and the philosophical to the legal and practical, guiding not just how we look at the world, but how we live in the world. Classes are offered most days of the week, many taught by Rabbi Cohen, several others led by community members. All classes at CBI, unless otherwise noted.
Key Books in Tanach: Judges
The cycle of the period of the Judges spans several hundred years from the days of Joshua to the prophet Samuel. In the absence of strong, central leadership, individuals rose up to meet the challenges facing the nation. Some of these leaders are larger than life, such as Samson and Deborah, while others’ stories are less known yet compelling and thought provoking. Through learning the book of Shoftim, we will compare and contrast these diverse leaders and gain an understanding of this liminal period in Jewish history.
M. Victoria Sutton — Mondays @ 12:00 pm.
Laws of Shabbat: In this class we will re-use R. Eliezer Melamed’s well-organized, clear and concise halakhic (Jewish legal) writings as a springboard to deepen our understanding and our observance of the laws of Shabbat. Each class will focus on a specific area of religious practice and move from general principle to practical details. Class is on hiatus.
R. Yonatan Cohen — Tuesdays @ 12:00 pm.
Midrasha’s Tanach and Talmud (for Teens)
This course is an informal but intensive study group focusing on close thematic readings of the Tanach and Talmud in translation.
Mickey Davis — Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm
Open Sources – Beit Midrash: Learn independently with a hevruta (study partner). Learners of all levels welcome. Want to study with a partner, and not sure where to begin? Contact M. Victoria Sutton with any questions (email@example.com) and we will help you find a partner and get started!
*New! Hilchot Shabbat Chabura – Guided small group study of the Laws of Shabbat. Parallel to Rabbi Cohen’s Laws of Shabbat class, the group will use R Eliezer Melamed’s Laws of Shabbat to deepen their understanding of Shabbat observance. Book available for order at Afikomen. Please let M. Victoria Sutton know if you would like to join. Class is on hiatus for the summer.
M. Victoria Sutton — Wednesdays, 7:45—9:00 pm.
New Talmudic Readings: This volume contains three of Emmanuel Levinas’s last major lectures on the Talmud. Originally compiled and published in French in 1996, it includes the lectures, The Will of Heaven and the Power of Humanity, Beyond the State in the Self, and Who is One-self?. Levinas’s Talmudic commentaries have generated interest in both theological and philosophical circles. These exegetical writings bear on his ever-present concern with ethics, the central focus of his philosophy. One of the most remarkable consequences of this focus, furthermore, is a renewal of philosophy’s capacity to both respect and uncover the deepest meanings central to sacred as well as secular texts.
Muni Schweig — Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm @ the Schweig home
Talmudic Wisdom: Join us for a weekly class that explores key sugyot (talmudic units) that discuss major Jewish questions of practice and thought. Class is on hiatus.
R. Yonatan Cohen • Fridays @ 9:00 am
Poems of the Ibn Ezra with R. David Rue—Shabbat Day: We will be starting a section on Poem’s of the Ibn Ezra. Each class will meet in the Sanctuary.
R. David Rue — Saturdays, 12:10 pm, during Kiddush