Friday, May 17: Shekinah: 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.
Saturday Brunch, May 18: 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.
Saturday Evening, May 18: God & The Big Bang
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?
About Dr. Daniel Matt
Dr. Daniel Matt is an acclaimed teacher of Jewish spirituality and one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has published over a dozen books including an 18-year, 9 volume translation and annotation of the Zohar. 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.” Daniel received a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. He currently lives in Berkeley with his wife Hana, and teaches an ongoing online course in the Zohar.
About Noggin Builders: Open to Members Only, Included with Child Shabbat Dinner ($15)
Design, build and explore with fun, hands-on S.T.E.M. by Noggin Builders! Come join Noggin Builders and Temple Beth-El for a special space-themed program. An array of exploratory activities might include making your own planet while experimenting with flashlights to learn about the rotations and revolutions of planets, making galaxy goo, making and launching your own rocket, or various other space-related science experiments.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Silverman Foundation, all programs are free to attend.
Saturday evening’s “God & The Big Bang” is free and open to the community. RSVP is required: click here to RSVP.