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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (East Bay)

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a long third year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections from Volume 4 of this groundbreaking work.

Matt describes the Zohar as "a challenge to the normal workings of consciousness [that] dares one to examine one's assumptions about tradition, God, and self."

Students new to Zohar Circle should register for the "Shedding the Light on Zohar" session on September 17to help prepare for the class.

In addition to The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Vol. 4, all students should have A Guide to the Zohar by Dr. Arthur Green. Green writes, “The Zohar is the great medieval Jewish compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching. It may be considered the highest expression of Jewish literary imagination in the Middle Ages. Surely it is one of the most important bodies of religious text of all times and places.”

Sign up for any two full-year Text Circles (Bible, Talmud, Zohar, Heschel) for $300 before September 26 to receive the bundled rate, contact abra@lehrhaus.org.

Schedule

# Sessions
9
Date & time

Tuesdays, November 7, 28, December 5, 19, January 9, 23, February 6, 20, March 6
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location
Tuition
$175 if registered by Sept 27

Sign up for any two full-year Text Circles (Talmud, Zohar, Heschel) for $300 before September 27. To receive the bundled rate, contact abra@lehrhaus.org.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Nov 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Nov 28 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Dec 05 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Dec 19 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Jan 09 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Jan 23 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Feb 06 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Feb 20 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Mar 06 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt

Location

JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709

510-848-0237

Instructors

Daniel Matt

Daniel MattDaniel Matt, one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah, has been featured in Time Magazine and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into seven languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality.

Recently, Daniel completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. This past spring, Stanford University Press published his ninth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, concluding the Zohar’s main commentary on the Torah. For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”

For twenty years, Daniel served as professor at the Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley. He has also taught at Stanford and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Daniel lives in Berkeley with his wife Hana.