As many of you know, several years ago I completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition). Recently I began teaching an ongoing online Zohar course.
The first 6-session series of this course took place in January and February 2019 via Zoom. People are still signing up for this series, since video recordings (of any one series) are available to anyone who registers (for that series).
Subsequent series will take place on Tuesday evenings. In these additional series, we will continue exploring the Zohar, and we will not be repeating passages that we have already covered in any earlier series. Newcomers are welcome to join. The first of these additional series runs from Tuesday, March 12 through Tuesday, April 16, from 5 pm – 6:15 pm Pacific Time (8 – 9:15 pm Eastern Time).
Here is a link to the video recording of the first session of the first series (January 16, 2019). In this opening session, I provide a brief introduction to the sefirot, and then we explore a passage near the beginning of the Zohar (1:1b); The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Vol. 1, pp. 5-7.
There are two ways to participate in this course. Some people are planning to attend the live sessions online, while others are planning to watch video recordings of each session whenever they choose. As mentioned above, the video recordings (of any one series) will be available to anyone who has registered (for that series).
During the sessions, the first hour is devoted to my teaching, following which there is time for questions. I have created a Facebook group for the course (Zohar Zoom), which will enable us to have online discussion between sessions. Here there is ongoing lively discussion. You are welcome to join this group even if you are not registered for the course.
We are exploring Volume 1 of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. Participants should obtain this volume and are encouraged to read Arthur Green’s introduction.
The course is open to anyone who is interested in exploring Zohar. There is no requirement for fluency in Hebrew or Aramaic or any extensive background in Jewish sources. I will at times refer to the original Aramaic text, but the course is intended primarily for those who have not yet studied Zohar extensively or even at all. Some of the participants are following along in the original Aramaic as we read and explore the English translation.
To register, you simply pay for one of more series of the course. The cost of each 6-session series is on a sliding scale from $150 – $250. In other words, you determine the exact amount to pay (anywhere between $150 to $250), based on what you can afford.
Those interested can register by paying on PayPal. If you have a PayPal account, you can pay by entering my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please make sure to include my middle initial “c” because otherwise your payment will go to someone else with a very similar gmail address! Please select “Sending to a friend” (not “Paying for an item or service”). If the default shows up as “Paying for an item or service,” you can click on "Change" and change this to “Sending to a friend.” If you are paying from abroad, you may not have the option of “sending to a friend.” Once you have paid, I will email you a link to the live sessions (the Zoom meetings) and/or to the recordings.
When you pay on PayPal please include your email address in the space for a “note” on the PayPal payment page and also indicate which series of the ongoing course you are paying for (first, second, etc., or several). The cost (described above) is for each individual six-session series.
If you do not have a PayPal account, you can join PayPal easily. If you do not wish to join PayPal, you can email me, letting me know how much you will be paying for the series (between $150 - $250) and I will have PayPal send you a request for payment. Click on “Pay as guest.” The name "Daniel Matt" will show up (without the initial "c," which is fine). The default will appear as “Paying for an item or service,” but you can click on "Change" and change this to “Sending to a friend.” A small fee will be charged to you for paying by credit card. (You can avoid this by joining PayPal, for free, and linking your bank account, for free.) If you are paying from abroad, you may not have the option of “sending to a friend.”
If you do not want to deal with PayPal at all, you can email me (email@example.com) and arrange to send a check. Please make sure to include my middle initial “c” because otherwise your email will go to someone else with a very similar gmail address. You can then mail your check (made out to me) to Daniel Matt, 1013 Middlefield Rd., Berkeley, CA 94708.
If you are paying (either via PayPal or check), please specify which series of the course you paying for (first, second, etc., or several). The cost (described above) is for each individual six-session series.
I look forward to studying with some of you. Please share this announcement with anyone who might be interested. It is also available near the top of my Facebook page: