A recent lecture on Elijah (in Bible, Talmud, Midrash, New Testament, Kabbalah and Hasidism) at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, November 13, 2023. The talk was co-sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El as a prelude to a concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Oratorio “Elijah." A video of the lecture is available on YouTube. Here is the link:
The texts taught in this video are available here:
A recent list I compiled of 6 good books on Jewish Spirituality:
Current and Upcoming Teaching
The current series of my English Zohar course (Series 25) runs from November 28 through January 23 (including November 28, December 5 and 12; January 9, 16 and 23). For details, click above on "Zohar Courses."
The current series of my Aramaic Zohar course (Series 6) continues through December 14. For details, click above on "Zohar Courses."
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My recent book, Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation, was selected as the inaugural winner of the Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Book Prize, a prize established by Yeshiva University in honor of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Rabbi Sacks was a British Orthodox rabbi, philosopher and theologian who served as the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain from 1991-2013.
Here is a recording of the Sacks Book Prize event, March 26, 2023, at Kehilath Jeshurun, NYC. This is a conversation between Daniel Matt and Dr. Shira Weiss on Becoming Elijah.
Here is a description of the prize from Yeshiva University's website https://www.yu.edu/sacksbookprize
"The Sacks Book Prize will be awarded annually to an author of a recently published work of Jewish ideas deeply sourced in Jewish texts, with broad appeal within and beyond the Jewish community. The author of the winning work will be awarded a $50,000 prize. Additional funds will be used to help the author promote the book."
Here is the Rabbi Sacks Book Prize podcast (a conversation with me), released on November 30, 2022: