The Zohar: An Introduction to the Book of Light …. and Darkness

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Date(s) - 06/02/2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The Zohar may be called the “poetry of kabbalah”: it takes Jewish symbolism from a wide array of sources and elaborates it into ever-new forms of mystical narrative, mythology, and experience. Traditional stories, images, prayers, and even laws are reinterpreted to bring out the secret and unexpected spiritual, visionary, and erotic yearnings that they embody. Though it is known for the ways it leads to visions of light, on the divine, cosmic, and spiritual planes, the Zohar is equally concerned with the darkest realms of the divine, the cosmos, and the human soul. Love, hate, ecstasy, tragedy, desire, repulsion – all lie at the heart of the Zoharic adventure. We will look at key passages from the Zohar that embody all of these dimensions, and we will look within ourselves for their embodiment on the level of the personal microcosm. In all these ways, we will try to experience the joys – and the dangers – of the familiar Zoharic axiom, כגוונא דלעילא אוף הכי לתתא – “in the manner as it is above, even so is it below”…A reading knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course.

Taught by Nathaniel Berman

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
4 sessions: June 2, 9, 16, 23.

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