Mark Rosenberg will introduce the kabbalistic tradition of Jewish mysticism Sunday and July 28 as part of the Adult Education series on world religions at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church.

The discussions, held at 11 a.m., are free and open to the public.

Rosenberg is a native New Yorker and veterinarian who began exploring his spirituality after spending time on the Hopi reservation. In 2010 he received a master's degree in Jewish studies from Gratz College in Philadelphia. His thesis was on "Kabbalah and Lurianic Soul Theory."

The kabbalah contains several doctrines aimed at explaining various events and teachings in the Hebrew Scriptures. Its goal is to focus the meaning of the universe and human life. The kabbalistic tradition has strongly influenced the Jewish Hasidim as well as the thought of the modern Jewish philosopher Martin Buber.

"Together we will uncover some of the kabbalistic interpretations of the Genesis creation myth. We shall also concentrate on the insights offered by the very old and cryptic book, The Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation), and the Creation story as envisioned by the great kabbalist Isaac Luria," Rosenberg said.

The talks will be held in the church Center, 4625 E. River Road, at North Swan Road. For more information call 299-9063.

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