I saw an unsourced advice to a general audience about reading the Zohar Ha-Kodesh as a segula in fighting the yetzer hara.

I am wondering if there is a legitimate source for this, beyond the fact that Zohar is torah and torah is the cure to the yetzer hara?

(When I brought it up with my LOR he essentially said "I've never heard that, and don't read Zohar." So I am listening to my LOR no matter what comes up here.)

  • israel613.com/books/importance_study_zohar.pdf
    – Yishai
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 20:41
  • I think I read this in the introduction to the Zohar put out by the Kabbalah Center, although maybe "the truth comes from whoever said it" might come into play here.
    – ezra
    Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 0:33

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This is basically stated by the Pele Yoets (entry: Zohar) who writes:

למוד ספר הזוהר נשגב מאד לטהר ולקדש הנפש ואפילו אי לא ידע מאי קאמר...ראוי לכל אדם ליקח לו ספר הזוה"ק ולא יעבור מלקרוא הפרשה מדי שבוע בשבוע וזה גדר גדול לאדם כדי שלא ישיאנו יצרו לפנות עצמו לבטלה שהוא רעה גדולה כידוע ויעשה זאת אפוא וינצלו

The study of the Zohar is very auspicious to purify and sanctify the soul and even if one doesn't know what he is saying...it is appropriate for every person to get for himself the Zohar and not fail to read the weekly parasha each week, and this is great restraint for a person that his inclination not succeed in drawing him to frivolity, which is a great sin as is known, and he should do this and be victorious.

An earlier source for this is R. Nattan Shapira (17th cent.) who writes in the end of Tuv Haarets (cited here) that one should read the Zohar even without understanding and that this has a great effect on the soul:

צריך לקרות בספר הזוהר וכו' אף על גב דלא ידע מאי קאמר, כי תיקון גדול ועצם מאוד למטרוניתא ולנשמתו כנודע מכמה טעמים

Similarly, the Hida in Shem Hag'dolim (Ma'arekhet Sefarim: Bahir) writes that he was asked about the funny anomaly the students of the Arizal teach that there is great significance to learning the Zohar without understanding, but apparently there isn't great significance learning other works without understanding, like the Mishna, or Tanakh. He explains that indeed this is the case, since the Zohar explicitly teaches the secrets of the Torah so reading it affects the soul.


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