Online Zohar Course


Daniel Matt

As many of you know, several years ago I completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition). I am now teaching an ongoing online Zohar course.

The first five series of this course (of six weekly sessions each) have been taking place this year. People are still signing up for these series, since video recordings (of any one series) are available to anyone who registers (for that series). In each series, we explore new passages, not repeating anything that we have already covered in any earlier series. Newcomers are welcome to join. You can begin with any series.

The sixth series will begin on Wednesday, October 16 (instead of our normal day, Tuesday, since Tuesday evening, October 15, is still the 2nd day of Sukkot in certain time zones). Similarly, the second weekly session of the sixth series will take place on Wednesday, October 23 (instead of Tuesday, since Tuesday evening, October 22, is still Simhat Torah in certain time zones). The subsequent 4 weekly sessions of the sixth series will take place on Tuesdays, as usual (October 29, November 5, 12, and December 17). Please note the unusual month-long gap between the 5th weekly session and the 6th weekly session.

There are two ways to participate in this course. You can either attend the live weekly sessions online or watch video recordings of each weekly session whenever you choose. As mentioned above, the video recordings (of any one series) are available to anyone who has registered (for that series).

Here is a link to a free video recording of the first weekly session of the first series (January 16, 2019). Here I provide an introduction to the sefirot, and then we explore a passage from Zohar 1:1b; The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Vol. 1, pp. 5-7.


https://youtu.be/NNoZsOin5bg

 

During the weekly 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 enables us to have online discussion throughout the week. 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 interested in exploring Zohar. There is no requirement for fluency in Hebrew or Aramaic or any extensive background in Jewish sources. At times, I refer to the Aramaic text, but the course is intended especially for those who have not yet studied Zohar extensively or even at all. Some participants follow along in the original Aramaic as we explore the English translation.

To register, you simply pay for one of more series of the course. The cost of each 6-weekly-session series is on a sliding scale from $100 – $250. In other words, you determine the exact amount to pay (anywhere between $100 – $250), based on what you can afford.

You can register by paying online via PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle, or by sending a check to my address (given at the end of this description). For paying online, use my email address (danielcmatt@gmail.com). Please make sure to include my middle initial “c” because otherwise your payment will go to someone else with a very similar gmail address!

If you pay by Venmo or Zelle, there is no fee. If you pay by PayPal, there may be a small fee (which, however, you can avoid; see below). For paying on PayPal: If you have a PayPal account, 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 should be able to 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 weekly sessions (the Zoom meetings) and another link 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 series of six-weekly-sessions.

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 $100 - $250) and I will have PayPal send you a payment request. Click on “Pay as guest.” The name "Daniel Matt" will show up (without the initial "c," which is fine). The default may appear as “Paying for an item or service,” but if there is an option, click on "Change" and change this to “Sending to a friend.” You will be charged a small fee for paying by credit card. (You can avoid this by joining PayPal, for free, and linking your bank account, for free.) If paying from abroad, you may not have the option of “Sending to a friend.”

If you prefer to pay by check, you can email me (danielcmatt@gmail.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 Daniel Matt) to the address at the very of this description. Please specify which series of the course you are paying for (first, second, etc., or several). The cost (described above) is for each individual series of six-weekly-sessions.

I look forward to studying with you. Please share this announcement with anyone who might be interested.

My mailing address: Daniel Matt, 1013 Middlefield Rd., Berkeley, CA 94708
My email:   danielcmatt@gmail.com  (Please include my middle initial “c”.)