Throughout the centuries The Zohar was the primary
and often the only book used by Kabbalists, and today it is available to
Here you will find the original Aramaic version of The Zohar with its Hebrew translation and the Sulam (Ladder) commentary by
Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, as well as the English translation
of The Zohar with the Sulam (Ladder) commentary by Rabbi Yehuda
Ashlag, and commentary by Dr. Michael Laitman as studied in private
lessons with his teacher, Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag.
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The Zohar - English Translation
The Zohar by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
with the Sulam (Ladder) commentary
by Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag.
Includes Commentary of Dr. Michael Laitman
as studied in private lessons with
with Rabbi Baruch Ashlag.
"But the wise shall understand that their elevation comes
from the Creator, the Tree of Life. And they who are righteous shall shine like
the brightness of the firmament" (Daniel 12:3) thanks to the book of Rabbi
Shimon, which is The Book of Zohar, from the supernal force that brings
all back to the Creator. In the future the children of Israel will taste from
the Tree of Life, which is The Book of Zohar; they will leave the exile
with the Creator's mercy" (Naso 90). more...
"In the beginning
Elokim created" (Elokim is the Creator's name that points to His
attitude towards the souls by the force of law). This is when He thought and
initially created 13 words to surround the Community of Israel and guard it.
Here they are: THE, HEAVEN, AND THE, EARTH, AND THE EARTH, WAS, WITHOUT FORM,
AND VOID, AND DARKNESS, WAS UPON, THE FACE, OF THE DEEP, AND THE SPIRIT, up to
the word Elokim. more...
Beginning," Rabbi Shimon quoted the verse, "the flower buds appeared on the
earth" (In Hebrew the words "country" and "earth" are designated by the same
word Aretz; Shir HaShirim 2:12). "The flower buds" refer to the
act of creation. more...
Who Has Created These
And who is He? He
is the opening of the eyes, which is the Malchut of the Rosh (head) of Arich Anpin. And you shall see that Atik is concealed
and within it lies the answer to the question: WHO HAS CREATED THESE? WHO is
called MI, ZAT de Bina, the highest boundary of heaven, and everything
depends on Him. Since the question lies in Him, He is concealed. He is called MI,
because MI is when the question "Who?" is asked, because beyond him
there lies no question. This question is only found at the highest boundary of
"Who Has Created These"
said, Elazar, my son, reveal the supernal secret, which the dwellers of this
world know nothing about. more...
The Mother Lends Her Clothes To Her
The heavens were
created by the name (property) MA (Malchut). However, the phrase
"above the heavens" refers to Bina, which is called MI, the
heavens that are above ZA. The explanation of this lies in the name of Elokim.
MA (Malchut) rises up, includes itself into Bina, and receives
its properties. Bina is called Elokim. more...
The Letters By Rabbi Amnon Saba
It is said that
when the Creator was about to create the world, all of the letters were still
hidden. For two thousand years before the creation of the world, the Creator
watched the letters and amused Himself with them. more...
The word BERESHEET consists of the words BARAH (created) and SHEET (six), meaning
that 6 properties were created. And who created them? He who is not mentioned;
He who is concealed and unknown, Arich Anpin. more...
The Lock and the Key
There is a lock
with a tiny and narrow keyhole inside the gates. This lock is marked and known
only by the impression of the key. No one knows about it without having the
key. It is written about this secret, BERESHEET BARAHELOKIM - IN THE
BEGINNING THE CREATOR CREATED. "In the beginning" is the key in which
everything is hidden, as it unlocks and locks. more...
When did this key
unlock the gates, and prepare everything for the existence and development of
generations? This occurred when Abraham appeared, as he is the property
of Hesed (mercy), of which it is written: "These are the generations of
the heavens and of the earth Be-Ibar'am (with which He created)." more...
The Vision of Rabbi Chiya
"Dust, do not be
proud! The pillars of the world will not be delivered into your hands, and
Rabbi Shimon shall not be consumed by you!" more...
The Two Points
At the end of all
those gates, He set up a gate with many locks, many entrances, and many
chambers one on top of the other. He said, "Whoever wants to reach Me must
first pass through this gate. Whoever enters through this gate, may enter."
This is the first gate to supernal wisdom, the gate of the fear of the Creator,
which is Malchut. This is why it is called the "beginning." more...
The Night of the Bride
Rabbi Shimon was
sitting and studying the Torah on the night when the Bride, Malchut, was
to be joined with her husband, Zeir Anpin. All the friends present in
the bridal chamber on that night, following the holiday of Shavuot, are
obliged to stand under the wedding canopy (Heb. Houppah) and rejoice in
the corrections of the Bride, i.e. study the Torah, the Prophets, Holy Writings
and finally the inner secrets of wisdom, for these are Her corrections (Heb. Tikkunim)
and adornments. more...
Heavens and Earth
opened the discussion by saying, "In the beginning God created the heaven and
the earth." This verse has to be examined carefully because whoever claims that
there is another Creator will be wiped from the face of the world, as it is
written, "He who says that there is another Creator, will perish from the earth
and from heaven because there is no other Creator besides the Lord." more...
Among all the Wise Men of the
Nations, There is None Like You
A philosopher of
a remote nation approached me, and said, "You claim that your Creator governs
the entire heavens, and all the heavenly hosts are not able to attain Him, nor
do they know His place. However, this verse does not add a lot to His
greatness, as it is written, ‘as among all the wise men of the nations, and in
all their kingdoms, there is none like You.' What kind of a comparison is this,
with a human being who is nothing?" more...
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An Essay About Letters
"An Essay About
Letters" is taken from the Preface to The Book of Zohar By Rabbi Shimon
Bar Yochai with the Sulam (Ladder) Commentary by Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag,
translated and edited by Rabbi Levy I. Krakovsky. more...
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