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A foundational work in Kabbalistic literature, whose authorship is generally attributed to R' Shimon Bar Yochai.

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Definition of Kabbalah [closed]

A number of questions on this site, most recently this one, require a definition of Kabbalah in order to answer them. That particular question is, apparently, about pre-Zohar kabbalah, as the ...
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How many subchapters in the Zohar Hakadosh?

How many subchapters are in the Zohar, including the Tikkunei Zohar and the Zohar CHadash? I am trying to make a schedule.
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What is ‘Atika Kadisha’?

In פתיחת אליהו it mentions the עתיקא קדישא, which literally means the Ancient Holy One. Is that a name of HaShem or referring to something else?
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Are there orthodox Jews who do not consider the Zohar’s validity?

Knowing that the Kabbalistic movement started among the Sephardic Jews it spread to the Ashkenazim much later. Although the Hasidic movement is very Kabbalah oriented. Many important rabbis especially ...
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Tikkunei Zohar in English or Hebrew

Has the Tikunei Zohar ever been translated into English? Perhaps Hebrew? Online or dead tree works.
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Zohar's interpretation of Bereshit 1

The Zohar's interpretation of the words 'Bereshit bara Elohim', usually translated as 'In the beginning G-d created', seems not to understand the word Elohim to be the subject of the verb bara, but ...
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Why the fact that the Earth is spherical is a deep secret according to Zohar?

Following "zohars-knowledge-about-earths-shape" and related to my other question "why-did-G-d-create-the-earth-spherical": Zohar (Vayikra 10a) states the following, seemingly pointing to the fact ...
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Is there a documented Kabbalistic idea behind the 80/20 who stayed/and left Bavel and Mitzrayim?

According to Chazal we have this 80/20 phenomenon in Bavel and Mitzrayim, or in other words, only 1 in 5 came out. What is the reason for this ratio in Kabbalistic reasons and it seems to be repeating ...
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Where is the source for waiting an hour after eating dairy?

There are those (eg. Chabad) who have a custom to wait an hour after eating dairy before eating meat. I was told that the source is in the Zohar. Can anyone point to the exact origin of this custom?...
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Biblical description of the firmament vs. round earth in the Zohar

Zohar Vaikra 10a [quotes the Book or Rabbi Hamnunab Sabah]: וּבְסִפְרָא דְּרַב הַמְנוּנָא סָבָא, פָּרִישׁ יַתִּיר, דְּהָא כָּל יִשׁוּבָא מִתְגַּלְגְּלָא בְּעִגוּלָא כַּכַּדּוּר, אִלֵּין לְתַתָּא, ...
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Metatron an emanation from G-d?

What did Rabbi Simeon claimed when he said that ‘Metatron is a man in the image of G-d’, ‘an emanation from/of Him’? Rabbi Simeon ben Jochai commenting on the Zohar: “There is a perfect Man, who ...
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How many words are there in the Zohar?

Zohar (with and w/o the Tikunei Zohar) Tikkunei Zohar Also is there a site/place that lists or otherwise aids in wordcounts for different Jewish books /Seforim ? TYVM
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Authenticity of Zohar--Bitul Torah?

As indicated in a prior thread on this site, there is good reason to doubt the authenticity of the Zohar, i.e., that it is attributable to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Question: if that is the case, ...
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Elohim lower than YHWH?

The Zohar contains a reference to Elohim as lower than YHWH (vol. 1, 20a), but what does that mean? Could someone explain to me the plain meaning?
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Why is chabad not worried about putting their head down when saying “l'david” when the Zohar says its dangerous?

Why is it Chabad's minhag to put their head down when saying "L'david" when the Zohar says its dangerous to "fall on ones face" when reciting it?
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Source of Zohar on Resurrection of the Dead

Rabbi Nachman Bulman, in his book Longing for Dawn (page 78) writes the following: The Zohar says that at the Resurrection of the Dead each person will return with the same soul and the same body ...
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Did any Rabbi discuss for the Zohar prediction around 1840?

The Zohar 1:117a says: וּבְשִׁית מְאָה שְׁנִין לִשְׁתִיתָאָה יִתְפַּתְּחוּן תַּרְעֵי דְחָכְמְתָא לְעֵילָא וּמַבּוּעֵי דְחָכְמְתָא לְתַתָּא In the six hundredth year to the sixth millennium, ...
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Zohar about the 18-19th century [duplicate]

I saw a quote one time--I believe it was in an Artscroll sefer--from the Zohar about how there would be tremendous spiritual and cultural revelations that would occur around the 18th-19th centuries. (...
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What is the earliest mention of the Zohar being explicitly cited in Jewish Literature?

What is the earliest mention of the Zohar being explicitly cited in Jewish texts? I've asked some friends but we were unable to determine where it was.
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מוחין דגדלות and מוחין דקטנות — explained?

I’m looking for sources on good authority, explaining well the concept of מוחין דגדלות and מוחין דקטנות. Which is mentioned (but not limited to with regards to this question) in Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s ...
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Source for Zohar quote about kiss

"The Zohar states that a kiss is the merging of one breath with another. Love begins with physical attraction. Then, as lovers begin communication, they begin to speak. As they get closer, they stop ...
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Section of the Zohar before Magid — English Translation

At the Pesach Seder, before Magid, some say the portion from the Zohar "פקודא בתר דא". Where can I find an English translation of this?
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Torah is the Name of the Holy One

From where (which verses, or arguments) do the commentators derive that Torah is the Name of the Holy One (as seems to be refered to by many commentators and in the Zohar).
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Dovid got lifespan from Adam and/or the Avos

I think it's pretty well known that there's an idea that 70 years from Adam's life were given to Dovid Hamelech, which is why he lived to 930 and not 1000. A source that I found for this is Zohar ...
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Bereishis 2:15 - Inconsistent Gender of “Gan” and “le'Avdah u'leShamrah”?

In Verse 2:15 "Gan" (garden) is a masculine noun and "le'Avdah u'LeShamrah" (to till it and to keep it) are feminine inflections... I was told, the Zohar would explain it as follows: a) le'Avdah = all ...
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Simchas Torah Song

On Simchas Torah, people sing ישראל ואורייתא וקודשא בריך הוא חד הוא. However, the Zohar (Shemos 73b) says differently: ...,קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, אוֹרַיְיתָא, וְיִשְׂרָאֵל. וְכָל חַד If that's ...
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Pronunciation of "Bay Ana racheetz (or rachaytz)

On Shabbos, just after opening the Ark and singing the paragraph ending in ברוך שנתן תורה לעמו ישראל בקדושתו we read a paragraph from the Zohar that ends in a few sentences that in every ...
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Understanding the Zohar's Anthropomorphism of God

Unlike the Rambam's now-conventional ideas against anthropomorphizing God, there are kabbalistic texts studied today which seem to espouse completely antithetical ideas. I am familiar with the ...
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Source for Chasam Sofer quote about Zohar

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 ...
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The Zohar on the Redemption

Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein (5:39) said that the Zohar in Shemos states the following: "In the beginning of the redemption, Klal Yisrael is going to go through many tzaros. Certain Jews will give up ...
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Source for Rebbi Nachman's statement about the Tanaaim and Amoraim

Towards the end of torah 10 (section 1) in likutei moharan Rebbi Nachman makes a statement pairing the tanaaim with the legs and amoraim with the hands, "תַּנָּאִים בַּשּׁוֹקַיִן וְאָמוֹרָאִים ...
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The light hidden in Torah?

In Bereshit 1:3-4 there is light(ness), and HaShem saw that it was good and seperated it from the dark(ness). I read (Baal Shem Tov, Zohar), that HaShem hid this light in the Torah? Could someone ...
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What changed with the giving of the Zohar? [closed]

Once read somewhere (forgot exact source, could be Shomer Emunim Hakadmon from Rabbi Yosef Irgas) that kabala was transferred from Rabbi to disciple in a long chain going to Sinai and taught secretly ...
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On killing (?) Christians in Judaism

I'm an Israeli Jew and for a few days I'm in an ongoing online argument with this Swedish white-nationalist who tries to prove me that blood libels are not completely made-up. He gave me the next two ...
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Do you get to keep your old nefesh and ruach when you convert?

According to our tradition, converts acquire a "new soul" in, or upon emergence from, the conversion mikvah. (Not sure of the original source for this--it may be the Zohar--but there are countless ...
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How is this belief muttar?

A friend of mine mentioned yesterday during our se'udah with the way in which the Zohar comments on a particular mitzvah lo ta'ase. In Devarim 16, Hashem commands us not to erect an asherah by the ...
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Are we children or servants of HaShem?

HaShem teaches us to serve Him (Shemot 23:25), because we're His servants (Vayikra 25:42, 25:55), HaShem also teaches that we're His children (Devarim 14:1). There is a long explanation about these ...
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What are the best resources online for learning the Zohar?

I ask about online since I travel often so something I can read on my computer would greatly accelerate my learning. I won't complain about recommendations for physical books though! I also want to be ...
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Where in Judaism does it describe the journey of the soul in the afterlife? [duplicate]

Where in Judaism does it describe the journey of the soul in the afterlife? Sources, that I am looking for stem from kabbalah teaching or the zohar. Also,I am searching for primary sources, so if they ...
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How to reconcile a wife's cooking with the Zohar's definition of husband and wife?

According to the Zohar the man is the "giver" and the woman is the "receiver" within the context of a marriage. With that being the case how can one understand the traditional role of a wife to cook ...
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knife under pillow after mikveh?

My sister told me her Rebbetzin had a minhag: If after going to the mikveh she did not have relations with her husband that night, she should sleep with a knife under her pillow to fight the evil ...
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Zohar in hebrew online

I was looking online to see if the Zohar was available in Hebrew. Does anyone know where I can find it?
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Is it true that who never marries won't have a share in Olam HaBa? [duplicate]

If I am not mistaken, Rav P.S. Berg ( I know he is not a good source according to Jewish authorities) said in his book "The Essential Zohar" that if someone didn't get married during his lifetime, he ...
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Topical Index to Sefer HaZohar

Is there a book, preferably freely available online, that lets you look up a topic alphabetically and get a list of references to passages in the Zohar discussing that topic?
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The Zohar on Morning

I read in The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet on page 226, the following: The Zohar describes קרדנותא דצפרא, the deep darkness from which daylight emanates. For this reason, the word for שחר, morning, ...
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Tikunei Ha-Zohar: What happened to Tikun 20?

hebrewbooks has a scan of the 1558 Mantuba edition of Tikunei HaZohar. In that edition, Tikun 20 is several pages long. (Starts here, goes for several pages). The only other edition I found on ...
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What is the text used for making a siyum on Zohar?

I have heard plenty of times that there are public completions of the Zohar, but I haven't been able to find a source of a text which would be used for the siyum. Is it a hadran?
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Other Major Jewish Books Whose Authorship is in Dispute beside the Zohar

I have seen various discussions over time arguing about who wrote the Zohar. In one discussion a person arguing for the side that the Zohar was written by Moses de Leon stated that one interesting ...
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“God looked into the Torah to create the world”

There is a known saying written in many places, including the Zohar and Medrash Bereishis Rabba, that says: "God looked at the Torah and then made the world". What is the meaning of this saying? The ...
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Where does the Zohar mention each day's challenges?

The Artscroll Stone Chumash on page 80, note 11, says the following: באים בימים - Coming with [their] days. The Zohar says, "Each day in a person's life carries with it it's own challenge and ...