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.

Daily Practice:

CBI Daily Torah WhatsApp Group w/ R. Cohen
Rabbi Cohen will share a daily video dvar Torah to the CBI Daily Torah Group and CBI FB group.
On Friday, Rabbi Cohen will share a video drasha and a source sheet to print. To join this group, please use this link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/GxGxiHlCAmG9nN6p2TseAd.
CBI FB group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169500763063398/

Daily Mishna w/ M. Sutton
8:45-9 am Sun-Tues on Zoom

Join us to learn a Mishna together, particularly in lieu of saying kaddish for departed loved ones during this time. We will start with Mishna Berakhot. Please be in touch with M. Sutton if you have a yahrzeit this week or in the 11 months of saying kaddish for a loved one (maharatvictoria@gmail.com).
Please click here to listen to past Daily Mishna classes with M Sutton.

Classes:

PLEASE NOTE: all classes at CBI will be held online via Zoom.  If you haven’t received the  Zoom link and password, please contact the CBI office at office@cbiberkeley.org

Mondays
Key Books in Tanakh w/Maharat Victoria Sutton: Book of Samuel II
12:00 – 1:00 pm
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 second book of Samuel focuses on David’s struggles in establishing a dynasty.  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. Meets weekly.

Wednesdays, May 6, 20
Divine and Human Feelings in the Zohar w/ Daniel Matt
7:30 – 9:00 pm

The Zohar loves to explore the inner life of God. In these two sessions we will study examples of how God feels, and how our feelings and God’s feelings affect one another. Texts will be presented in the original Aramaic alongside a Hebrew translation and Daniel Matt’s English translation (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition.)
Daniel Matt is best known for his 9-volume annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition), which has been hailed as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.” Among his other books are: The Essential Kabbalah (translated into eight languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality (2nd edition, 2016). For 20 years he served as professor at the Graduate Theological Union; he has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently he is writing a biography of Elijah the Prophet for the Yale series, Jewish Lives. He also teaches Zohar online (www.sup.org/zohar/course).

Thursday, May 14
10:00-11:30 am
Hashiva Hakaratit w/ Racheli Perl
Join in learning what has been termed as the contemporary-Hasidic-female movement!  “Hashiva Hakaratit” or the Yemima method is an Israeli spiritual movement that has been growing over the last thirty years, originally taught by Yemima Avital (1929-1999) in Herzelia in the 80’s and 90’s. Her system teaches us how to be connected more to our true essence (“mahut”) and be closer and accepting of ourselves and others.

12:30-1:30 pm
Midrash Ruth Rabbah w/ David Sanders
The Book of Ruth is read on the second day of Shavuot.  In preparation for that day, we will study Midrash Rabbah on Ruth (Ruth Rabbah), which is a commentary on the verses of the Book of Ruth.  Ruth Rabbah 6.4 is one of the versions of stories providing insight into the life of Elisha ben Avuyah, the character known as Acher.  This class will examine this passage (which relies ultimately on a citation of Ruth 3:13) in the context of other Talmudic references to Acher.  We should be arriving at a novel insight into the psychology of Elisha ben Avuyah. Participants are encouraged to read the Book of Ruth (it’s quite short) before the class.

Fridays
9:00 am 
Talmudic Wisdom w/R. Yonatan Cohen:
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. Meets weekly.