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Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence

Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Daniel Matt

From Kabbalah to the Big Bang: Where Ancient Wisdom Meets Contemporary Spirituality

Raising the Sparks: Finding God in the Material World

Friday, November 18
10 a.m. in the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis
Special Session Co-sponsored by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis

How can God be encountered in our daily life? Dr. Matt will explore this question with us by teaching passages from Kabbalah and Hasidism on the nature of God, the act of Creation, and the challenge of discovering God in the material world. Reservations required.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Shekhinah: The Feminine Aspect of God

Friday, November 18
6 p.m. in the Stiffman Sanctuary

We are familiar with Lekha Dodi, welcoming the Sabbath Bride/Queen. It is through this piece of liturgy that Dr. Matt will introduce us to one of the boldest contributions of Kabbalah, the idea that God is equally female and male.


Shabbat Dinner and How Kabbalah Reimagines God

Friday, November 18
7:15 p.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth

We’ll continue exploring Kabbalah through various texts we use in our prayerbook and beyond. Dinner is $20 and includes chicken marsala or eggplant, salad, sides, and dessert. Reservations required.

Dinner reservations are now closed.


The Mystical Meaning of Torah

Saturday, November 19
9 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Program Begins

How does the mystical approach to Torah differ from a literal approach? How can a mystical approach enrich our lives today?


God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality

Saturday, November 19
4:15 p.m. Wine and Cheese
5 p.m. Program Begins

How does the mystical understanding of Creation compare with the modern theory of the origin of the universe? Is there a way to harmonize these two approaches – the scientific and the spiritual? Reservations required. Our program will conclude with a special Havdalah service.

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About Dr. Daniel Matt

Dr. Daniel Matt is a scholar of Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has been featured in Time and Newsweek and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah, Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality. His nine-volume annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition) has been hailed as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.” Dr. Matt is one of the leading teachers on different aspects of God and a leading authority on mysticism.


The Fred and Elsie Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence program allows various educators to bring their knowledge and insight on topics such as Judaism, Israel, Social Justice, and more, to our Congregation. 

The Scholar-in-Residence Weekends are made possible through the Fred and Elise Deutsch Lectureship Fund. The Congregation would like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch and their families for their continuous generous support for the Scholar-in-Residence program. 

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