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Luncheon and Lecture: 'Raising the Spark: Finding God in the Material World'
Daniel Matt, an expert on Kabbalah, will lead lectures on Jewish mysticism and modern spirituality this weekend.
The lectures are sponsored by four Reform synagogues and the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Study, according to a news release.
"Raising the Sparks: Finding God in the Material World," will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 12, at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Pikesville.
A Shabbat Kiddush luncheon will also be held.
For more info on this event, call 410-764-1587.
Following is the lecture description, according to the release:
"How can God be encountered in daily life? Matt will explore this question with passages from Kabbalah and Hasidism on the nature of God, the act of creation and the challenge of discovering God in the material world."
Daniel Matt has published more than 10 books, including The Essential Kabbalah that is translated into seven languages, according to an event news release.
He is currently translating and annotating the Zohar, and has, so far, completed seven volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, covering more than two-thirds of the text, the release states.
Matt received the National Jewish Book Award and Koret Jewish Book Award for his work, it states.
He has appeared in Time Magazine, as well as on National Public Radio and The History Channel.
According to the release, Matt has served for 20 years as professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and has taught at Stanford University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He resides in Berkeley.
For information on the other lectures in this series, held May 11-13 in Pikesville, Reisterstown and Owings Mills, visit the article: "Jewish Mysticism Topic of Scholar Lectures."
More About Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
This congregation offers everything from worship and youth religious classes for members to cemeteries and even Brotherhood and Sisterhood groups that are open to non-members. With 1,350 families, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation is the largest Reform congregation in the Baltimore area. It runs the accredited The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew for children from 18 months old through eighth grade. And the congregation has a special program for people in their 20s and 30s called "Chai Life." Interestingly, its 17 acres sit on both Baltimore City and Baltimore County property. Worship and the preschool are in the city, while The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew is in the county. "We are the only synagogue where you can get your marriage certificate from the city or county," said Jo Ann Windman, executive director. One cemetery is on Berrymans Lane in Reisterstown, and one is on Belair Road in Baltimore.