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The Zohar Circle - San Francisco

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.

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

Mondays, October 15, October 29, November 12, November 26, December 10, January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

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Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 15 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen
Oct 29 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen
Nov 12 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen
Nov 26 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen
Dec 10 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen
Jan 14 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen
Jan 28 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen
Feb 11 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen
Feb 25 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCSF Yosef Rosen



3200 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94118



Yosef Rosen

Yosef RosenYosef Rosen is an historian and teacher of Jewish creativity. His classes weave together the imaginative and social dimensions of Jewish creative genres—Kabbalah, Talmud, philosophy, and poetry—and invite students to discover their own genres of intellectual creativity. He is currently a Jewish Studies teacher at JCHS of the Bay. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley, where he completed a dissertation on representations of spiritual community in the Zohar. Before moving to the Bay seven years ago, Yosef spent many years in traditional and innovative yeshivot in both Israel and America. In his spare time he wanders the woodlands of Northern California and celebrates the hillsides of the Bay on his bike.