“Post-Digital American Jewish Poetry: A Reading and Writing Workshop*,” a pre-release book-signing event for Hyperlinks of Anxiety by Daniel Y. Harris, Cervena Barva Press, © 2013; University of California, Irvine, Teller Chair Seminars in Jewish Studies,
Jewish Studies Program, The School of Humanities, Irvine CA
*“Searching for Self,” an article on Daniel Y. Harris’s Hyperlinks of Anxiety and his lecture, “Post-Digital American Jewish Poetry” by Ilene Schneider, Editor in Chief, Orange County Jewish Life, March, 2013
“Sigmund Freud and Kabbalah: The Unexpected Connection,” Dinner with a Scholar, The Orange County Bureau of Jewish Education at the home of Dr. Gene and Susan Spiritus, Irvine CA
“An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah,” Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach, CA
“Klezmer and Kabbalah: Expressions of the Jewish Soul,” School of Lifelong, Jewish Learning, J Primetime Adults, The Merage Jewish Community Center, featuring in–depth seminars with distinguished scholars in Residence Yale Strom and Daniel Y. Harris
SEMINAR 2: Daniel Y. Harris
Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah: Sparks of Infinity
A HISTORY OF JEWISH MYSTICISM AND KABBALAH
Tuesday, November 27
Learn about Shabbatai Tzvi, Moses de Leon, Isaac the Blind, Isaac Luria and Gershom
Scholem. Read excerpts from The Zohar, the canonic text of Kabbalah.
THE KABBALAH OF SHAKESPEARE AND FREUD
Wednesday, November 28
Investigate the influence of Kabbalah on Shakespeare’s Shylock, Hamlet and Prospero as well as the concept of the demonic, in Freud’s concept of the superego.
CONTEMPORARY POETS OF KABBALAH
Thursday, November 29
Investigate how Czech–Jewish novelist, Franz Kafka (1883- 1924), Romanian–Jewish poet, Paul Celan (1920–70) and Egyptian-Jewish poet, Edmond Jabès (1912–91) employed Jewish mystical and kabbalistic language to create the new literature of the modern era.
A KABBALISTIC POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP
Friday, November 30
Craft the beginnings of our own kabbalistic writing, starting with a kabbalistic exercise to sharpen focus, and seek to reach into the sacred interiors of ourselves.
“Shakespeare and the Jews: Kabbalistic and Dramatic Perspectives”, for the opening of The Merchant of Venice at New Swan Theater, co-presented by Daniel Y. Harris, “Shakespeare and Kabbalah,” and by Dr. Julia Lupton, Professor of English at UCI and Dramaturge, New Swan Shakespeare Festival, “Merchant of Venice in Perspective.” The University of California, Irvine, Irvine CA.
“The Inner Landscape of Milk and Honey: Connecting to Israel Through Poetry,” co-presented by Daniel Y. Harris and Dennis Kirschbaum, Hillel International Associate Vice President for Campus Services, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life; for the annual Hillel Institute’s Beit Midrash, St. Louis MO
“An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah: Reading The Zohar,” The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, Sacramento CA
“The History of Jewish Mysticism,” Congregation Or Rishon, Orangevale CA
“Preparing Our Hearts Through Poetry: A Hands-On Experience For the Holy Days,” with Rabbi Rabbi Greg Wolf, Congregation Bet Haverim, Davis CA
“The History of Jewish Mysticism,” Congregation B’nai Israel, Sacramento CA
“A Brief History of Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah,” guest lecturer for Introduction to Judaism: History, Ritual, Culture & Theology, Dr. David Zukerman, The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, Sacramento CA
“The History of Hermeneutics,” guest lecturer for Communications Studies 200: Qualitative Methods, Dr. David Zukerman,
Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Letters
California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento CA
“Shakespeare, Kabbalah, and the Occult,” Engagement and Learning for Leaders: Sonoma Study Group; Jewish Community Federation/Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County/Lehrhaus Judaica, Glenn Ellen, CA.
“French, Jewish and Maquis: My Grandparents in the French Resistance (1939-1945),” 24th Annual Sonoma State University Holocaust Lecture Series, Rohnert Park, CA.
“Erotic Kabbalah,” The 2nd Annual Bureau of Jewish Education/Sonoma County JCC Feast of Jewish Learning: Telling Secrets/Revealing Mysteries, Santa Rosa, CA.
“Kabbalistic Poetry Writing,” The 3rd Annual Sonoma County JCC, Jewish Meditation Retreat, Santa Rosa, CA.
“My Grandparents in the French Resistance,” The Jewish Film Series of the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County: presented at the Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma, CA and The Rialto Cinema Lakeside, Santa Rosa, CA.
“Kabbalah and History,” B’nai Israel Jewish Center, Petaluma, CA.
“The Literature and Poetry of Jewish Mysticism,” Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA.
“The Origins and Major Trends of Jewish Mysticism,” A Heritage of History: The Jewish Experience 2007 BCE–2007 CE. Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa, CA.
“The Dybbuk, The Metamorphosis, Satan in Goray, Angels in America, The Puttermesser Paper;” presented by Nextbook and the American Library Association. Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature Discussion Series: Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination at the Moraga Library, Moraga CA.
“Sigmund Freud: History, Judaism and Kabbalah,” The Jewish Community Library, SF CA; a lecture series commemorating Freud’s 150th birthday and legacy.
“Insights from Jewish Mysticism: The Zohar,” Learning and Leadership in the Community: Jewish Community Federation Marin Study Group, in partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.
“Maimonides, Kabbalah and the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry,” Jewish Business Persons Lunch Group, Walnut Creek, CA
“Jewish Men and Women of the French Resistance,” Multi–Interest Day (MID), Adventures in Jewish Learning Lectures, Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro, CA
“From Herzog to Mr. Sammler’s Planet: An Introduction to Saul Bellow,” The Jewish Book Festival, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, Walnut Creek, CA
“Kabbalah and the Shabbath,” Temple Isaiah, Lafayette CA
“Shylock: Shakespeare’s Jewish Magician,” Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, Walnut Creek CA
“Kabbalah and the 21st Century–Is it Still Relevant?” Getting to the Core Jewish Educators’ Conference, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, Walnut Creek CA
“The Zohar and Kabbalah,” Jewish Business Persons Lunch Group, Walnut Creek CA
“Franz Kafka and Kabbalah,” Temple Israel, Stockton CA
“Jewish Mysticism in a Day,” Berkeley–Richmond Jewish Community Center, Berkeley CA