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The phrase "al pi Kabalah" (based on Kabalah) is often used in teshuvot for various minhagim or halachot.

When is the first recorded instance of somebody recording the Halacha either "al pi Kabalah" or by quoting the Zohar? To clarify, I want to know the Year. It does not matter if they were a major posek or not, just as long a they were mentioning practical rather than theoretical halacha. If they are quoting the zohar they have to mention it by name.

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3826 –  WAF Jan 5 at 1:05
    
I voted to close because the other question asks for all books of the class of which this question asks for the earliest member. cc @WAF –  msh210 Jan 5 at 3:58
    
That doesn't even come close to answering myvquestion!!!!! –  avi Jan 5 at 5:38
    
@msh210 This question is not asking about books!!! –  avi Jan 5 at 5:41
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Avi, are you looking for a source quoting the Zohar specifically, or any legal ruling based on 'the hidden Torah'? If the latter, than the answer would be someone very early (all of the Chasidei Ashkenaz, for example) –  Matt Oct 28 at 18:49

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Seems like the Bet Yosef is one of the earliest to quote the Zohar as the source of a Halacha.

The first instance, IIRC, is the various details of Negel Vaser, like pouring from one vessel to another and not using the water for anything else.

He actually prefaces this section with an announcement [caveat?] that these Halachot are not found in writings of other Poskim:

וכן כתכ בספר הזוהר פרשת וישב על פסוק ויאמר האיש נסעו מזה ועוד כתובים שם בנטילת ידים שחרית חדושין שאינם נמצאים בפוסקים וז״ל ...‏

Source: Tur Orach Chaim Ch. 4 - 4th wide line.

The Bet Yosef [on the Tur] was completed in 1547, according to Wikipedia in Hebrew.

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(1) Where does the Bet Yosef mention the obligation to wash Negel Vaser before doing anything else being from the Zohar? Ba'er Heitev on Orach Chayim 1:1 s.v. ha-Shachar comments on the Bach's surprise at the Beit Yosef for not having mentioned the Zohar 's position on the importance of Netilat Yadayim before all else. (2) Hebrew Wikipedia's article on the Beit Yosef says it's writing (which took 25 years) was completed in 1547. –  Tamir Evan Nov 27 at 18:02
    
@TamirEvan - I wrote that from [faulty] memory (which is why I said IIRC.) I'm going to edit it. –  Danny Schoemann Dec 2 at 8:16
    
I do have another question: Considering the Beit Yosef is actually a commentary on the Arba'ah Turim, bringing various Halakhic sources to bare on the latter, with the Shulchan Arukh bringing the author's actual Pesaq (and especially considering it's introduction claiming to decide Halakhah based on the majority of the Rif, the Rambam and the Rosh, unless existing custom or majority of other Poseqim is otherwise), does the Beit Yosef qualify as R. Karo making a Halachic ruling based on Kabalah (or as "recording the Halacha either 'al pi Kabalah' or by quoting the Zohar")? –  Tamir Evan Dec 4 at 19:02
    
@TamirEvan - that's a fascinating question - which should be sent to the community for its own consideration. –  Danny Schoemann Dec 7 at 7:23

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