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Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Professor Daniel Matt "From Kabbalah to the Big Bang"

Friday, November 30, 2018 • 22 Kislev 5779

6:30 PM - 10:00 AM 1 day after


 

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Dr. Professor Daniel C. Matt
From Kabbalah to the Big Bang: Ancient Wisdom and Contemporary Spirituality
Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2

Dr. Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has been featured in Time and Newsweek, 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. His nine-volume annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition) has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."

Full Weekend Schedule:

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with D'rash by Dr. Daniel Matt
Friday, November 30 at 6pm

Community Shabbat Dinner and Talk with Dr. Daniel Matt
Friday, November 30 at 7pm Register Here
Post Kabbalat Shabbat dinner with Dr. Daniel Matt *Seating for this dinner is limited so please register quickly!
Shekhinah: The Feminine Half of God One of the boldest contributions of Kabbalah is the idea that God is equally female and male. Daniel Matt will briefly trace the development of Kabbalah and then focus on the concept of Shekhinah (the feminine aspect of God) from its rabbinic origins to its full flowering in the Zohar, where Shekhinah is identified with the Sabbath Bride.

Shabbat Morning D'rash in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
Saturday, December 1 at 9:30am
The Mystical Meaning
of Torah How does the mystical approach to Torah differ from a literal approach? From a midrashic approach? How can a mystical approach enrich our lives today? Daniel Matt will explore these questions with us by teaching several passages from his award-winning translation, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition.

Post Kiddush Discussion in the Biran Beit Midrash
Saturday, December 1 at 1:15pm
Raising the Sparks: Finding God in the Material World
How can God be encountered in our daily life? Dr. Matt will explore this question by teaching passages from Kabbalah and Hasidism on the nature of God, the act of Creation, & the challenge of discovering God in the material world.

God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality
Sunday, December 2 at 10:00am
Our scholar-in-residence will present a lecture exploring the parallels between Kabbalah and contemporary cosmology. How does the mystical understanding of Creation compare with the modern theory of the origin of the universe? Is there a way to harmonize these two approaches—the scientific and the spiritual? *Select books by Daniel Matt will be available for sale before this talk from 9:30am-10:00am *cash or check accepted*

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