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According to orthodox rabbinical authorities, who wrote the Zohar Hadash?

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    Are you defining orthodox to mean those who think rashbi wrote the Zohar?
    – Double AA
    Dec 31 '14 at 20:52
  • Double AA: Not necessarily, the Hatam Sofer thought the Zohar was a forgery and he is definitely a true jew! And I am asking this question about the Zohar Hadash not the Zohar HaKadosh.
    – far22
    Dec 31 '14 at 21:19
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    – MTL
    Dec 31 '14 at 22:47
  • Seems like a dup. Just can't find of what Dec 31 '14 at 23:06
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In the same style as the Zohar; there are numerous Rabbis/Sages that give over teachings.

These Rabbis include Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Yehudah, Rabbi Elazar, Rabbi Yitzhak, and others from the Zohar.

As far as to who actually recorded the teachings, in parshas Haazinu, Rabbi Shimon says: “I am arranging you as follows: Rabbi Abba will write, Rabbi Elazar, my son, will study orally, and the rest of the friends will converse in their hearts” (Zohar, Haazinu).

Therefore, it can be deduced that since the teachings in the Hadash all stem from the same era, that Rabbi Abba recorded those as well.

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  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post.
    – Scimonster
    Dec 31 '14 at 22:03
  • @Scimonster updated
    – warz3
    Dec 31 '14 at 22:31
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    Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi wrote the Mishna, but quotes many other Rabbis who wrote nothing. I think the question is looking for who played the role of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi here, not who originated the teachings.
    – Yishai
    Dec 31 '14 at 23:34
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    Yishai is right
    – far22
    Jan 1 '15 at 12:17
  • @far22 updated.
    – warz3
    Jan 1 '15 at 18:46
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According to Gershon Scholem, the Zohar Chadash was composed by Avraham ben Eliezer Ha-Levi Berukhim (died 1593.)

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  • Hi J. Where did Gershom Scholem write this?
    – Double AA
    Jun 17 at 19:23
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    Actually, is Gershom Scholem an orthodox rabbinical authority? If not, and I don't think anyone has ever claimed he was, then I don't see how this answers the question
    – Double AA
    Jun 17 at 19:28
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As background to answering this question, we need to give a little history of the Zohar. The Zohar was "written" by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and his students. Unlike the Mishna and the standard Midrashim, it was not a published work. The Zohar was probably passed only orally to select students. The Mishna and Midrashim most likely were also passed down essentially orally for many centuries, but in a public fashion. Even if the Zohar had been recorded in writing, there were not many copies for many centuries. After the initial spread of the Zohar by Moshe De Leon, many manuscripts were written. These manuscripts did not all have the same content, and many passages were in some copies and not in others.

When the Zohar was first printed, incomplete manuscripts were used. Parts of the Zohar that were in other manuscript editions that were only printed later were called the Zohar Chadash. This is what it says on the title page of the first printing. The newness is only about when it was printed, not about when the contents were originally written.

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  • Is this story "according to orthodox rabbinical authorities"? If so, whom?
    – Double AA
    Jun 17 at 21:51

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