Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Philosophy Circle - The Zohar


Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle - The Zohar continues for a third 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."

This is a link to the recent Newsweek article on Daniel Matt's translation of the Zohar:


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Friday, March 17, 2017

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The Wisdom of the Zohar: A Text Study


On Sunday afternoon, January 29, 2017, Lehrhaus and the JCCSF presented a study session with two of America's greatest scholars in Zohar and Kabbalah: Rabbi Arthur Green and Professor Daniel Matt. In an intimate setting these two friends and fellow travelers taught and discussed a selection from the Zohar and took questions from the participants and the moderator, Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan. 
Lehrhaus Judaica and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco are grateful that this free program is made possible by the continuing support of the Lehrhaus Philosophy Circles by The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation and the Koret Foundation.

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(Episode 6)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Arthur Green's 'Guide' Delves into Kabbalah

"Arthur Green's 'Guide' Delves into Kabbalah," recorded December 13, 2004, on NPR's "Fresh Air."

You may recall that the Presidential election between George W Bush and John Kerry was won by Bush, however Bush's margin of victory in the popular vote was the smallest ever for a re-elected incumbent president.  Green addresses one of the campaign's accusations: that the moral high ground is held only by conservatives.  How that discussions emerges from the Zohar and leads into Hanukkah is yours to discover.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

aleph ze'ira (small aleph)

Vayikra El-Moshe V'Vidaber... Sefer Torah 
We have encountered the aleph ze'ira (small aleph) twice in our studies.

It is found in the word "Vayikra," Leviticus 1:1


We encountered it in Zohar, Pritzker Edition, Volume 3, p. 420

“A small aleph – deriving from a small place, small becoming great in joining above.” 

Note: The divine call to Moses issued from Shekhinah, the last and “smallest” of the sefirot, who has nothing of her own but rather reflects the light of the other sefirot.  Yet when she is united with the upper sefirot, She becomes great.

and Zohar, Pritzker Edition, Volume 3, p. 457

He opened saying, "Vayikra, He called to Moses.  Here a small aleph.  Why?  Because this 'calling' was not consummate.  How so?  It was only in the Tabernacle and in a foreign land, for consummation is found only in the Holy Land..."