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The Zohar - A Brief Introduction

Who is The Zohar for? What is The Zohar about?

 

The Zohar was written for people with very high spiritual attainment. It contains the spiritual depictions of Rabbi Shimon (Rashbi), who attained all 125 degrees of spiritual attainment. He expressed the entire spiritual path and titled it “Zohar” (Zohar is the Hebrew word for “radiance”).

The Zohar “speaks” in pictures and parables. Those who read them know what they’re reading, and what the The Zohar depicts. When others reach the same degree, they, too, understand what is written in The Zohar.

The Zohar is built in such a way that only those who reach a certain spiritual level can benefit from what they discover in it. Before that, one may read and benefit from the spiritual force of the book, but it is extremely difficult to connect to what The Zohar writes about. We cannot see the spiritual meaning behind stories of people walking and leading their asses. Only those in high spiritual degrees can truly approach The Zohar.

The Zohar depicts all 125 spiritual degrees. You have to be in each degree yourself, with its complete attainment, and then The Zohar shines as its name implies: “Sefer ha Zohar” (“The Book of Radiance”).

When we all understand and feel what is written in The Zohar, we will begin to discover how the whole system works. This is called the Upper World.

In order to reach the Upper World and perceive what is written in The Zohar, we need to engage in the spiritual path that The Zohar describes. This is called “the path of correction,” or, “the path of Light.”

The further we progress on this path and correct ourselves, the more we will see what it means to climb the degrees of the worlds. Creation is divided into 125 degrees, and as we correct ourselves, the system reveals itself to us by the 125 degrees of disclosure.

Now we are in the system as corrupted, egoistic parts. When we correct ourselves, we will discover the eternal life within it.

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The Book of Zohar - Related Material

Information on The Zohar

        Introduction to the Book of Zohar - About the Book Introduction to the Book of Zohar (Laitman Kabbalah Publishers: 2005) is an in-depth commentary by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD (available for free download) on two of Baal HaSulam's introductory articles to The Zohar.

        The Mystery of the Book of Zohar – Why has The Book of Zohar been hidden throughout history?

        The History of Kabbalah and the Zohar – the fourth chapter from Rav Michael Laitman’s book Kabbalah for Beginners, outlining a brief history of The Zohar’s origins, how it’s come to us today, and how we should approach it in our times.

Baal HaSulam’s Introductory Articles to The Zohar

        Introduction to the Book of Zohar – While Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot speaks of the person’s path and the levels he ascends on his way to the Goal, Introduction to the Book of Zohar is an immersion into the universe. As a submarine dives into the ocean, so does The Zohar descend with us to the unimaginable depths of reality.

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        Preface to the Book of Zohar - deals with the limitations existing between us and our perceived reality; about the limitations we need to observe so as to correctly perceive the information provided by The Book of Zohar.

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Other Zohar Material

        The Book of Zohar – Written by Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai (Rashbi), with the Sulam (Ladder) commentary by Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam). Includes commentary by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD as studied in private lessons with Rabbi Baruch Ashlag (Rabash).

        The Zohar - An Essay About Letters – from the Preface to the Book of Zohar written by Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai (Rashbi), with the the Sulam (Ladder) commentary by Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam). Translated and edited by Rabbi Levy I. Krakovsky.

        Recorded Zohar Video Lessons – an archive of lessons on The Book of Zohar given by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD.

Introduction to the Book of Zohar – 29 complete virtual lessons as part of the 2006 Revealing the Upper World television and internet broadcasts

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