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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar

This course was offered in Fall, 2015.

After an inaugural year of study and dialogue on the philosophical works of Maimonides, Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle will explore the Zohar for the 2015-16 academic year. In honor of the completion of Professor Daniel C. 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 will speak at the Philosophy Circle kick-off event October 11 at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco and will oversee the program throughout the year.

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."

In addition to The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Vol. 3, 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.”

Working with Lehrhaus Judaica, Professor Matt has chosen the text as well as the teachers. We are grateful to partner with and be hosted by Jewish institutions in Palo Alto, Foster City, San Francisco, San Rafael, Berkeley, and Walnut Creek.

If you have questions, please contact Abra Greenspan at abra@lehrhaus.org.

Schedule

# Sessions
9
Date & time

Wednesdays, October 28, November 11, 18, December 9, February 10, 24, March 9, 30, April 6
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location
Tuition
$195 after Sept 27
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 28 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Nov 11 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Nov 18 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Dec 09 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Feb 10 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Feb 24 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Mar 09 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Mar 30 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Apr 06 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Location

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

415-444-8000

Instructors

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Wolf-Prusan is currently the Chief Program Officer and Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica, where he focuses on community education for the Bay Area through conferences, retreats, tours, and text circles. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator; in 2002 he was awarded the Covenant Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity. Rabbi Wolf-Prusan received his MAHL and Rabbinic degrees at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Becki (a second generation native of the East Bay) and Peretz have happily returned to live in Berkeley.