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According to Halacha, does the Berakha of Birkat hatorah have to be recited before Zohar study? Is it similar to the Talmud or tanakh in this respect?

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  • Assuming it's not heresy, and assuming you can understand it, it's probably most similar to agada.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 14 at 21:35
  • You have to say birkhat HaTorah before both Talmud and Tanakh. What's the question? Commented Jan 14 at 23:57
  • @יהושעק The debate (Brachot 11b) is over four categories: Mikra Midrash Mishna Talmud. As I indicated above this is probably in Midrash.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 15 at 14:17

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Yes, it's Torah. There's no reason that Zohar shouldn't require a brachah.

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    If one disputes the authenticity of the zohar, which many of our greats did, then it is not Torah and it would most definitely not require a beracha beforehand, if anything it would be a beracha lvatala or worse
    – Nahum
    Commented Jan 15 at 4:04
  • @Nahum What about if someone is not sure about the authenticity and is reading the Zohar for the purpose of investigating it? I would think that investigation is still Talmud Torah even if the conclusion is that the Zohar itself is not.
    – Heshy
    Commented Jan 15 at 11:14
  • Even if Moshe de Leon wrote the Zohar himself, would it not be his perush on Chumash and therefore Torah? Commented Jan 15 at 12:15
  • Heshy, perhaps comparable to a safek beracha which one does not make. Joshua K, I suppose his own legitimate commentary (if that exists) and the plagiarized stuff would be Torah, issue is all the potentially foreign/heretical/problematic statements that it contains. Maybe safek beracha. On the other hand the whole thing may be considered tainted.
    – Nahum
    Commented Jan 15 at 14:03
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    @Nahum R Emden did not dispute the authenticity of the Zohar itself, just a few passages within it.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Jan 15 at 15:59

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