ACC CCPD: Reciting the Shema as an Erotic Ritual in the Zohar with Daniel C. Matt
We will study a passage in the Zohar that focuses on the sefirotic and erotic significance of the Shema. The mystical purpose of this central prayer is to stimulate zivvuga qaddisha, the sacred union of the divine couple: Shekhinah and the Holy One, blessed be He.
Files from the session:
The source of the quote about finding Shekhinah in another person is in the file Gems of Zohar, p. 4, n. 3. It's from Jerusalem Talmud, Eruvin 5:1, 22b:
המקבל פני חבירו כאילו מקבל פני שכינה
"One who welcomes [literally, "receives the face of"] his friend is considered as if he welcomes Shekhinah."