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Teitelbaum Lecture Series: Daniel C. Matt, Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation

Sunday, March 31, 2024 21 Adar II 5784

3:00 PM - 5:00 PMCongregation Beth Jacob

Teitelbaum Lecture—Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation, with author Daniel C. Matt (Hybrid)

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 pm at CBJ

In the Bible, Elijah is a zealous prophet who attacks false gods and performs miracles. Ultimately, he is carried off to heaven in a fiery chariot. How did this fierce zealot turn into the compassionate Jewish superhero—the most popular figure in Jewish folklore and herald of the Messiah, who is anticipated at every Seder? In this talk, Daniel Matt will explore these questions by teaching passages from the Bible, Rabbinic literature, the New Testament, and Kabbalah.

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Daniel C. Matt is a scholar of Kabbalah. He has been featured in Time and Newsweek and on National Public Radio. His books include The Essential Kabbalah (translated into eight languages) and God and the Big Bang. In 2022, his biography of Elijah the Prophet (Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation) was published by Yale University Press in their series Jewish Lives, and it was awarded the inaugural Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Book Prize, established by Yeshiva University. Matt spent 18 years translating the Zohar. His nine-volume annotated translation, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, received various awards and has been hailed as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.” Matt received his Ph.D. from Brandeis and taught for many years at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also taught at Stanford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Matt lives in Berkeley and currently teaches Zohar online at

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