I heard from some people that the Vilna Goyn wrote a letter saying that if one doesn't learn Zoyhar, he shouldn't render decisions about Jewish law; where can we look to find this letter?

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    I have my doubts he wrote such a thing. What about the Rishonim that didn't see the Zohar, who made halachic rulings?
    – robev
    Feb 22 at 20:00
  • @robev ya that's why I wanted to find the original source of the letter, to see all of the qualifications, it could be he didn't say zohar explicitly, maybe he only said the deeper meanings of torah, maybe he only said in some cases etc., I have heard from a few different people on multiple occasions that some kind of response exists, but again I don't know the original source so all of the details could be clarified there
    – bluejayke
    Feb 22 at 20:18
  • The Gr"a never said that. You may be referring to a different comment attributed to the Gra that if someone thinks there is a stirah between nistar and nigleh then he probably does not understand either.
    – The GRAPKE
    Feb 22 at 22:48
  • @TheGRAPKE hmm interesting I haven't heard that before, but its possible, but I think this is different, I've heard people quote a letter from the Rebbe that mentions that the g"ra said [something along the lines of] someone who doesn't learn the deeper parts of Torah [and don't know exactly what that means, if only zohar, or kabbalah etc., which is why I Want to see the source], then he shouldn't pawskin halacha, I've personally heard it from at least 2 people, although I didn't ask them at the time where they heard it, I want to find the original source to see the context
    – bluejayke
    Feb 22 at 22:51
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    @bluejayke Please don't edit a post to make it less readable.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jun 3 at 20:51

I haven't seen any quote from the GR"A that states that one shouldn't paskin, but he speaks about the importance of learning Kabbalah in Even Shleimah in 8,24 and 11,3 and in his commentary to Mishlei in 5,18


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