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Zohar Off the Page - A Visual and Hands-On Exploration of Kabbalistic Diagrams

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2019.

The Zohar asks its readers to continuously diagram the 10 Divine energies (“The Sefirot”) that constitute the cosmos. While the Tree of Life is the most famous of these diagrams, Kabbalah is full of other models of sacred geometry—full of circles, spirals, lines, and letters. Playing upon the richness and fluidity of these diagrams, the Zohar urges each of its readers to make their own map of divinity, informed both by Kabbalah and one’s own creativity.

This four-part workshop is an invitation to diagram your own spirituality/theology using kabbalistic models and maps. In our opening session, we will explore the historical evolution of sefirot diagrams, from simple drawings found in medieval manuscripts to a ten-foot long, nineteenth-century map of the kabbalistic worlds. In subsequent sessions, each participant will identify and name their own 10 sefirot, and then create a diagram (using an array of artistic media) that maps the dynamics and interactions between those sefirot. In the closing session, participants will share their diagrams and use literary devices from the Zohar to reflect on their own experiences diagramming the sacred.


# Sessions
Date & time

Four Sessions, Mondays 7:00-8:30 pm, March 4, March 11, March 25, April 8

$100 (100%)
$80 (80%)
$60 (60%)

As a nonprofit, Lehrhaus relies on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. Please evaluate your own ability to pay, and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate. To inquire about pricing or scholarships, please email us at info@lehrhaus.org

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Mar 04 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Lehrhaus Yosef Rosen
Mar 11 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Lehrhaus Yosef Rosen
Mar 25 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Lehrhaus Yosef Rosen
Apr 08 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Lehrhaus Yosef Rosen


Lehrhaus Judaica

2736 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94704



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.