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Peering into the Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction to Jewish Mysticism

Led by Joel Hecker, PhD

Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 3:30–4:30pm Eastern 
$144 for four sessions

All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.

Jewish mysticism has seen peaks of interest over the centuries, most recently among Hollywood and music stars in the 1990s. This literary and religious phenomenon stretches back millennia to the visions experienced by Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel and others, continuing through ancient Babylon, rabbinic writings, medieval Mesopotamia and Europe and pre-modern North Africa and the Land of Israel. In four sessions we will get a taste of this lore: how did biblical authors and ancient palace mystics see and seek to see God; the mystical qualities of the Hebrew letters; the mystical code of the Torah as seen in the Zohar; and the potential for personal transformation through mundane acts such as eating. 

Joel Hecker is Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is the author of Volumes 1112 of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, the first complete scholarly translation and commentary of the Zohar, the canonical text of Jewish mysticism. He has also published Mystical Bodies, Mystical Meals: Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah, as well as numerous articles in scholarly and popular venues.



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