The purpose of this course is to enable students to learn to carefully read the Zohar and enter its symbolic universe. (Creativity and spiritual improvisation; the symbolization of the Shekhinah; the dialectic between Revealment and Concealment; Exile and Redemption are among the topics we will explore.) To this end, we will make use of the “original” neo-Aramaic text, as well as Hebrew translations and commentaries. We will also read selected secondary literature investigating the Zohar’s historical placement,, the riddle of its authorship (not only who composed it, but how was it “written” amid the so-called “circle of the Zohar”), its reception history, and popularization.

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Rabbinic: ALEPH Required
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