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Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar (San Francisco)

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

Tuesdays, Nov 1, 15, 29, Dec 13, Jan 10, 24, Feb 7, 21, Mar 7
7:00 - 8:30 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 01 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Nov 15 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Nov 29 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Dec 13 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Jan 10 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Jan 24 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Feb 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Feb 21 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Mar 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCSF Rabbi Aubrey Glazer



3200 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94118



Rabbi Aubrey Glazer

Aubrey GlazerAubrey L. Glazer, Ph.D. (University of Toronto) currently serves as rabbi at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco. Aubrey’s focus on Jewish philosophy began with his immersion into the thinking of Emmanuel Levinas while being introduced to the study of Talmud in 1992, going on to completed seminars on Levinas in French with Dr. Benny Levy (Universite de Paris VI-Alliance Francaise, Jerusalem), Rabbi Daniel Epstein (Matan Institute, Jerusalem) as well as doctoral studies with Robert Gibbs (University of Toronto). Aubrey is in demand in diverse educational forums, from lay learning to federations, seminaries and colleges across North America, Europe and Israel where he is a passionate and challenging teacher of Jewish Mysticism, Philosophy & Hebrew poetry. Aubrey’s work is published widely in popular and academic forums, including his latest books dedicated to exploring Jewish philosophy in different contexts: A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking: Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought (New York: Continuum, 2011) as well as Mystical Vertigo: Kabbalistic Hebrew Poetry Dancing Cross the Divide (Academic Studies Press, 2013).

Aubrey enjoys playing and watching hockey as well as fly-fishing and hiking. He shares a passion for aesthetics as a spiritual path, especially through painting with his wife, Elyssa Wortzman, who is trained as a lawyer and works as a Jewish artist and spiritual director, along with their daughter, Talya Sahara.