What is the source for the Chasam Sofer having said (regarding the Zohar), "If we could sift the book and keep only what R’ Shimon Bar Yochai wrote, it would be a very very thin book. You would only have a few pages."?

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    Why the commentless down-votes? Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 22:49
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    @efraim it's a pretty terrible question post. Why should anyone think such a quotation exists that we should seek its source
    – Double AA
    Commented Oct 20, 2017 at 1:40

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Apparently it is quoted by one of the Chasam Sofer's students, Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Naizatts, in his sefer Mei Menuchot, page 43a, as having been said by the Chasam Sofer in front of many of his students.

Follow the link: http://parsha.blogspot.com/2011/06/chasam-sofers-position-that-zohar-is.html

  • Its arguably but the emes of the zohar isn't. Is the mechaber a fool? The gra? I don't think so.
    – Brian
    Commented Jan 31 at 1:56
  • @Brian Is Beit Shammai a fool for thinking you light chanuka candles descending? I don't think so. Welcome to Judaism where you can argue with people respectfully without thinking them to be a fool.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 21 at 18:42
  • Bais Shammai's derech represents spiritually something unique and special. Well yes and no. On thinking people a fool, prob not the best idea. ,yes they can be wrong. That's why you need a Posek. There are diff valid Shitas, with diff approaches to life in general. If you for example decide ok I am going to suddenly do something not accepted by the majority in the Gemara.. then you are wrong. If you are eating Chicken with dairy ok you are wrong, and your food/dishes are not kosher. If you kill a flea on shabbos.. that's complicated and there are valid approaches in modern halach.
    – Brian
    Commented Feb 21 at 19:46

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