Public Lecture and Workshop by Dr. Elliot Wolfson

The Vancouver School of Theology and the Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre are pleased to announce two upcoming events featuring Dr. Elliot Wolfson, Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies at New York University, in cooperation with the UBC Dept. of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies. The first event is a free public lecture entitled The Path Beyond the Path: Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest for Universal Singularity which will take place on September 21st, 2011 at 7 pm at the Chapel of the Epiphany at 6030 Chancellor Boulevard on the UBC campus. Mysticism is often associated with experiences that are difficult to classify and analyze. This lecture focuses on one critical aspect of mystical union, termed by Dr. Wolfson as the univeral singularity. This refers to the universal erasure of boundaries, which nevertheless each ethnic-religious group executes as an expression of its identity. Dr. Wolfson will explore how the mystical quest for the underlying interconnectivity of all does not lead to the erasing of religious differences but rather a heightened perception of the unity embodied in diversity.

The second event takes place on Friday, September 23rd from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and is a workshop entitled Undoing Time: Exploring Time in the Kabbalistic and Hasidic Interpretation of Dreams. This workshop will explore a number of kabbalistic and Hasidic texts that discuss the unique dimensions of time in dreams. When we are awake time is a linear progression shaped by past, present, and future. In dreams, however, time isn’t linear. The future can precede the past and the present occurs in the future. With the help of Carl Jung’s notion of synchronicity — the idea that apparently disconnected events reveal a meaningful underlying unity — we will explore the time of dreams. Drawing on Jewish texts the workshop will consider how our sense of durable time gains consistency by its relation to the non-linear and passing time of dreams. This workshop will take place at Vancouver School of Theology, 6000 Iona Drive on the UBC campus. Fees and registration for the workshop are required; please contact the Registrar at 604-822-9563 or email

Dr. Elliot Wolfson is the Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies at New York University.  Dr. Wolfson’s recent publications include New Studies in Jewish Philosophy (2009), Open Secret: Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menahem Mendel Schneerson (2009), and A Dream Interpreted Within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination (2011).

Contact: Shannon M. Lythgoe
Communications, Marketing and Recruitment Associate
Vancouver School of Theology
6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC
Canada, V6T 1L4
Phone: 604-822-9427


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