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Introduction to the Zohar with Lehrhaus Judaica, taught by Daniel Matt

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco / on the campus of the Jewish Community High School.
Free event. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.

In honor of the completion of Professor Daniel Matt’s epic translation and annotation of the first nine volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, we will discuss selections from 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.”

1:00 pm: Orientation for Enrolled Philosophy Circle Students
This program is exclusive to students who have pre-registered for Philosophy Circle. This is an opportunity to meet Professor Matt and the Philosophy Circle teachers who will be leading session around the bay. No registration during this program, please register before to attend this session.

2:00 pm: Introduction to the Zohar
Professor Matt will lead us into a section of the Zohar (a different section than the 1 pm session). Free and open to the public.

Free but registration is required and space is limited. Please go to

Daniel 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.

Currently, Daniel is completing an 18-year project of translating and annotating theZohar. Stanford University Press will soon publish his ninth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, concluding the Zohar’s main commentary on the Torah. For this work, Daniel 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.