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Shedding Light on the Zohar

In this session, we will explore selections from the Zohar appropriate to the end of Elul and before the High Holidays. Our guide through this material is Professor Daniel C. Matt whose epic translation and annotation of the first nine volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition offers windows into this mystical teaching. 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.” This session will provide students with the background to join one of our ongoing Philosophy Circle cohorts. Philosophy Circle meets nine times from October through May.

Schedule

# Sessions
1
Date & time

Sunday, September 17
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Tuition
Free
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Sep 17 1:30 PM–3:00 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Daniel Matt

Location

Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

415-567-3327

The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.

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.