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There is also the matter of accepting the conclusions of academic scholarship when they conflict with standard Jewish tradition. It is not just the authorship of the Zohar (and the Bahir, and the Sefer Yetzira, etc.) which have been called into question, even books in Tanach such as Yeshayahu HaNavi have, by academics, been proposed to have multiple authors ...


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Halakha First of all, the question of authorship doesn't necessarily affect the Zohar's importance in halakha; I'm not sure why you think that this it would "obviously affect the way of poskining". The question of how Kabbalah affects Halacha is not a simple one, and does not really depend on the Zohar's authorship, because even if it were written by a ...


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The author of the Zohar was undoubtedly Rashbi z"l. Yes I am aware that there was a Rishon who wrote that it seems it may have been Rav de Leon; look in Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's book "Meditation and Kabbalah" - he refutes this for two reasons: One is that we only have part of that Rishon's manuscript on the subject it is very possible that in the end he does ...


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The argument about the "authenticity" of the Zohar is usually part of a broader argument against the validity of kabbala. The teachings of Kabbala, as presented in the Zohar and related works, are generally accepted as an intrinsic part of Jewish tradition by the broad mainstream of Jewish tradition. As such it has had a profound impact on Jewish thought, as ...



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