Selichot with Jewish Mysticism Scholar Daniel Matt

Dr. Daniel Matt visits Or Shalom for a weekend program of Zohar study in preparation for High Holidays 5780. This adult-oriented event runs Sept. 20 and 21 and is open to the public, free of charge.

Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. Recently, he completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. In 2016, Stanford University Press published his ninth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, concluding the Zohar’s main commentary on the Torah. For this work, Daniel has been honoured with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award; the latter called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.” Currently, Dr. Matt is writing a biography of Elijah the Prophet for the Yale Jewish Lives series.

Co-sponsored by Inter-Religious Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology and University of British Columbia Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics. Funding support from Phyliss and Irving Snider Foundation.

UPDATE Sept. 9: All events for this program that required pre-registration are now full. Due to the high interest in the program, all waitlists have been closed at this time. Anyone who was placed on a waitlist prior to it closing will be contacted if a space opens up.

Or Shalom will live-cast the Saturday evening event via YouTube. Watch the live-cast on our website starting at 7:30 p.m.

Some opportunities to experience Daniel Matt speak are still available: Sept. 19 at the Vancouver School of Theology and Sept. 21 during Shabbat morning service at Or Shalom. Please see schedule of events below for full details of closed events and for remaining opportunities available for you to attend.

If you registered and are no longer able to attend, kindly email so that those on a waitlist can obtain a spot.

All events take place at Or Shalom in East Vancouver unless otherwise noted.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept. 19

12 p.m. – How Kabbalah Reimagines God
Presented by Vancouver School of Theology Inter-Religious Studies Program. Takes place at UBC. Please see poster for details.


Friday, Sept. 20

6:15 p.m. – Vegetarian potluck dinner *This event is full and registration has been closed.*
Check-in begins at 6 p.m. All dishes can be brought downstairs to the social hall.

7:30 p.m. – Shabbat melodies and talk by Daniel Matt: Shekhinah, The Feminine Half of God *This event is full and registration has been closed.*
Seating begins at 7:15 p.m. Bring in Shabbat with songs and melodies led by Rabbi Hannah Dresner followed by a talk from Daniel Matt. 

Saturday, Sept. 21

10 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service: Dvar Torah from Daniel Matt on Parashat Ki Tavo
All are welcome. Space available. No registration required.

7:30 p.m. – Havdalah & Selichot Program with Meditation: How Kabbalah Can Stimulate Us to Renew Our Lives *This event is full and registration has been closed.* Watch the livestream on our website.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Begins with songs led by Rabbi Hannah punctuated by short teachings from Daniel Matt. Followed by Havdalah led by Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan and Selichot program from Daniel Matt: How Kabbalah Can Stimulate Us to Renew Our Lives. Followed by a reception.

Note: Unfortunately, there will be no childminding available. Interested teens are most welcome to attend the program.

Recommended Reading in Advance

Dr. Matt recommends the following books to read in preparation for his teachings:

The Essential Kabbalah by Dr. Daniel Matt

Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction by Joseph Dan

Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kaplan

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