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Introduction to the Zohar

This course was offered in Fall, 2015.

In honor of the completion of Professor Daniel Matt’s epic translation and annotation of the first nine volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, we will discuss selections from 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.”

1:00 pm: Orientation for Enrolled Philosophy Circle Students
This program is exclusive to students who have pre-registered for Philosophy Circle. This is an opportunity to meet Professor Matt and the Philosophy Circle teachers who will be leading session around the bay. No registration during this program, please register before to attend this session.

2:00 pm: Introduction to the Zohar
Professor Matt will lead us into a section of the Zohar (a different section than the 1pm session). Free and open to the public.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, October 11
1:00 - 3:00 pm


Registration for the 1:00 pm portion of this progam is now closed. The 2:00 pm portion is open to the public. Seating will be limited.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 11 1:00 PM–3:00 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Daniel Matt


Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


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.


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.

Several years ago, Daniel completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. This work, comprising nine volumes, has been published by Stanford University Press and is entitled The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. This edition 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.