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The Zohar Circle - East Bay

This course was offered in Fall, 2018.

Lehrhaus Zohar Circle - continues for a fourth year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation: The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections from Volume 1 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."

In his introduction to Volume 1 of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Dr. Arthur 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.”

Students should purchase their own copy of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume 1 prior to the first session. Professor Matt will also have copies available at the first session.

If you are new to the study of Zohar, we recommend that you participate in our A Special Morning with the Talmud and the Zohar introductory session. Sunday September 16, 10:00 at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. This program is free, however, please register in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

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


# Sessions
Date & time

Tuesdays, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20, December 11, December 18, January 8, January 22, February 5
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$270 (100%)
$225 (80%)
$180 (60%)

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Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 09 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Oct 23 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Nov 06 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Nov 20 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Dec 11 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Dec 18 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Jan 08 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Jan 22 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt
Feb 05 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Daniel Matt


JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709



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.