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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (Marin)

This course was offered in Fall, 2016.

Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a second 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 a Shedding the Light on Zohar session (in Aug or Sept) to 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.”


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, Nov 9, 16, Dec 7, 14, Jan 18, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
7:30 - 9:00 pm

$195 after Sept 27

$195 after Oct 10
Sign up for any two Text Circles (Bible, Talmud, Zohar, Buber) for $300 before Oct 10. To receive the bundled rate, contact abra@lehrhaus.org.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Nov 09 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown
Nov 16 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown
Dec 07 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown
Dec 14 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown
Jan 18 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown
Feb 01 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown
Feb 08 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown
Feb 15 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown
Feb 22 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Jeremy Brown


Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903



Jeremy Brown

Jeremy BrownBay Area native Jeremy Brown earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. He teaches in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at University of San Francisco and serves as director of the USF Lecture Series in Jewish-Christian Relations. Brown is a 2016-17 fellow of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and is active lecturing member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Jewish Studies and the Society for Jewish Ethics. Brown’s current research pertains to the history of medieval Jewish mysticism and philosophy. He is currently completing a book entitled Distilling Depths from Darkness: Forgiveness and Repentance in Medieval Iberian Jewish Mysticism.