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.
Jewish Meditation Group: A Hasidic Approach to Jewish Meditation based on the Teachings of the Maggid of Mezeritch and other Hasidic Masters, in theory (haskafah) and practice. We will cover:
- Preparatory Practices
- Quieting/Settling the Mind (hashkatah)
- Meditative Mussar (yeshuv da’at): Strengthening Positive Qualities (middot)
- Developing Meditative Concentration
- Thinking Deeply (nachshav ha-ruchaniyut) and Transforming Confusion (aliyat machshavot zarot)
- Experiencing Unity
R. Ken Lipman, Ph.D. — Sundays, 9:30 am-10:45 am
Key Books in Tanach: Book of Samuel
Following the chaotic period of the Judges, the Book of Samuel narrates the centralization of leadership in Israel. The book opens with the birth of the prophet Samuel, who unifies the nation, and crowns the first kings of Israel. The Book of Samuel presents a gripping exploration of political personalities, palace intrigue and the role of God in the lives of kings and nations.
Maharat Victoria Sutton is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley. She received ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and graduated from Barnard College, with a BA in Biological Sciences.
M. Victoria Sutton — Mondays @ 12:00 pm.
Tea & Torah: Join us monthly in an intimate home setting, for a daytime weekday opportunity to connect with friends and learn together. Each gathering will explore a few core texts tackling a contemporary topic of interest through a Jewish lens. Kindly hosted by Sam and Bathea James and facilitated by R. Yonatan Cohen.
Topic: Gun Control in Jewish Law and Thought
R. Yonatan Cohen — Tuesday, July 23, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Nine Talmudic Readings by Emmanuel Levinas: Nine readings of the Talmud by the French Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas translate Jewish thought into the language of modern times. Here Levinas applies a hermeneutic that simultaneously allows the classic Jewish texts to shed light on contemporary problems and lets modern problems illuminate the texts. Besides being quintessential illustrations of the art of reading, the essays express the deeply ethical vision of the human condition that makes Levinas one of the most important thinkers of our time.
Muni Schweig — Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm @ the Schweig home
Talmudic Wisdom: Join us for a weekly class on Tractate Chagigah that explores major Jewish questions of practice and thought. In this week’s class we will begin the second chapter of the tractate.
R. Yonatan Cohen • Fridays @ 9:00 am