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. Register below to attend.

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.

Registration opens for Or Shalom members August 6. Registration opens to the public on August 13. Space is limited for dinner. More space is available for both of Dr. Matt’s talks/teachings on Friday and Saturday. Please register early to ensure you have a seat. All events take place at Or Shalom in East Vancouver.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 20

6:30 p.m. – Vegetarian potluck dinner
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
Check-in 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. No registration required.

7:30 p.m. – Havdalah & Selichot Program with Meditation: How Kabbalah Can Stimulate Us to Renew Our Lives
Check-in begins 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 Charles Kaplan and Selichot program from Daniel Matt: How Kabbalah Can Stimulate Us to Renew Our Lives. Followed by a reception.

Registration Form

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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