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From Wikipedia: R' Menachem Mendel Kasher in an article in the periodical Sinai refutes many of [Gershom] Scholem's points (used to argue that Zohar was authored by R. Moshe De Leon). He writes: Many statements in the works of the Rishonim refer to Medrashim that we are not aware of. He writes that these are in fact references to the Zohar. This ...


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A quick Google shows that this person likely took the quote from this site here (I'm sorry to have linked to it). It seems that this person likely didn't understand what he was reading. The topics are divided into sections labeled with Roman numerals under which different "proof texts" are brought. On the linked page it says: VII. THOSE WHO KILL ...


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There is actually only one quote here, and it is taken directly from The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians, which was originally written in Latin (with accompanying passages in Hebrew/Aramaic) by Reverend I.B. Pranaitis. The quote is real, as are all of the quotes within his tract, and is from the Zohar. The supposed ...


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It's a Zohar from the beginning of Shir Hashirim: אָמַר לֵיהּ הֵיאַךְ. אָמַר לֵיהּ, זֶה הַבָּא מִתּוֹךְ אַהֲבַת נְשִׁיקָה. הֵיאַךְ נְשִׁיקָה מֵאַהֲבָה אֵינוֹ אֶלָּא בַּפֶּה, וּמִתְחַבְּרָן רוּחַ בְּרוּחַ, וְכָל אֶחָד מֵהֶם כָּלוּל מִשְׁתֵּי רוּחוֹת, רוּחוֹ וְרוּחַ חֲבֵירוֹ, נִמְצְאוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם בְּאַרְבַּע רוּחוֹת. וְכָּל שֶׁכֵּן הַזָּכָר וְהַנְּקֵבָה ...


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Please learn chapters 4 and 23 of Likutei Amarim Tanya for deeper understanding. However on the simple level it means that they are connected very strongly with each other -through a Jew learning Torah and doing Mitzvos (which are the Rotzon/will of Hashem Yisborach, which is how Torah is very connected to Him) the Jew becomes connected to Hashem. When a ...


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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


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Rambam writes (Hil. Yesodei ha-Torah 2:10): He is the Knower, He is the Subject of Knowledge, and He is the Knowledge itself." All is one. Now, you could ask the same question on him: since G-d is one, then how can we describe Him by these different terms? Indeed, for this reason Maharal (Gevuros Hashem, 2nd introduction) says that we can't even speak of ...


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This is from the Zohar on Vayikra (10b): תא חזי קב"ה אקרי שלום הוא שלום ושמיה שלום ואתקשר כלא בשלום Translation: Come and see: The Holy One Blessed be He is called "Shalom" ("Peace"). He is peace, and his name is Peace, and everything is bound in peace.


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זוהר ויקרא דף י עמוד א וּבְסִפְרָא דְּרַב הַמְנוּנָא סָבָא, פָּרִישׁ יַתִּיר, דְּהָא כָּל יִשׁוּבָא מִתְגַּלְגְּלָא בְּעִגוּלָא כַּכַּדּוּר, אִלֵּין לְתַתָּא, וְאִלֵּין לְעֵילָּא, וְכָל אִינּוּן בִּרְיָין מְשַׁנְיָין בְּחֶזְוַויְיהוּ מִשִׁנוּיָא דַּאֲוִירָא. כְּפוּם כָּל אֲתַר וַאֲתַר, וְקַיְימִין בְּקִיּוּמַיְיהוּ כִּשְׁאָר בְּנֵי נָשָׁא. ועַל דָּא ...


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Halakha First of all, the question of authorship doesn't necessarily affect the Zohar's importance in halakha; I'm not sure why you think that this it would "obviously affect the way of poskining". The question of how Kabbalah affects Halacha is not a simple one, and does not really depend on the Zohar's authorship, because even if it were written by a ...


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Yevamos 63a: אשכחיה רבי יוסי לאליהו א"ל כתיב אעשה לו עזר במה אשה עוזרתו לאדם א"ל אדם מביא חיטין חיטין כוסס פשתן פשתן לובש לא נמצאת מאירה עיניו ומעמידתו על רגליו Rebbi Yosi found Eliyahu. He said to him "it is written 'I shall make for him a helper' - in what way does she help man?" He responded "A man brings [home] wheat -does he chew on wheat? [He ...


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Yes at first glance they are in conflict. Sefer Yosef Tehilos 42:9 (Chida) reconciles this with the explanation that David did not sleep and this the nights counted towards the 140 years. יומם יצוה ה׳ חסדו ובלילה שירה עמי תפלה לאל חיי — אפשר במ״ש רז״ל, דאדם הראשון נתן לו ע׳ שנה לדוד הע״ה. ובזהר הקדוש אמר דאברהם אע״ה ויעקב אע״ה ויוסף הצדיק ע״ה נתנו לו ע׳ שנה ...


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The Zohar that’s referred to is in Parashat Mishpatim 125a which talks about eating meat and milk בשעתא חדא, which can be understood as “within one hour of each other”.


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“In the future, the sons of Yishmael will return to the Holy Land when it was vacant from inhabitants for much time, and they will prevent Yisrael from returning to their land until that merit of the sons of Yishmael expires. At a certain time, the sons of Yishmael will be roused to wage brazen battles in the world. The sons of Edom will gather together and ...


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Look in Derech Mitzvosecha [Mitzvas Ha'amanas Elokus (Mitvah of Belief in G-d) Chapter 3 and onwards] where the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch discusses the question concerning unity of Hashem and the Sfiros.


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The argument about the "authenticity" of the Zohar is usually part of a broader argument against the validity of kabbala. The teachings of Kabbala, as presented in the Zohar and related works, are generally accepted as an intrinsic part of Jewish tradition by the broad mainstream of Jewish tradition. As such it has had a profound impact on Jewish thought, as ...


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The Holy Zohar is formatted as a commentary on the 5 books of Moses. The Tikunim is formatted a series of commentaries on the first word in the Torah (Bereshis). The Zohar Hadash is additional teachings, and formatted as a commentary on the 5 books of Moses, as well as on the megillos etc. Mtuk Mdvash is a recent commentary of the Zohar by Rav Daniel ...


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Vayakheil 205a: האי יומא יומא דנשמתין איהו ולאו יומא דגופא English: This day is a day of souls and not a day of the body.


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The way I was taught - by my high school Rebbe - it means that Hashem looked into the Torah and saw what was needed in order to fulfill the Torah and Mitzvot - and created a world that would enable one to do so. E.g.: He saw he Mitzvah of honouring parents, so he created us with parents. He saw that there is a need for Kosher and non-Kosher animals - and ...


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The author of the Seffer HaChinuch was hotly disputed as well.


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HebrewBooks has the volumes of R. Ashlag's edition , which includes translation of the Aramaic into Hebrew. Type "הסולם" into the site's 'Title' search box to get the list of volumes.


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Perhaps surprisingly, this is discussed in Reshimot Shiurim of Rav Soloveitchik to Berakhot 34a. He writes that the "hidden light" is the light of knowledge that is found in the Torah and will be fully expressed in the future epoch. Particularly, it refers to an understanding of the underlying philosophy of Halakha. והסוד שבההלכה היא השקפת העולם של ההלכה -...


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Seems like the Bet Yosef is one of the earliest to quote the Zohar as the source of a Halacha. The first instance, IIRC, is the various details of Negel Vaser, like pouring from one vessel to another and not using the water for anything else. He actually prefaces this section with an announcement [caveat?] that these Halachot are not found in writings of ...


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Predictions are a Funny thing, especially when you allow a given year like 1840 to span a large amount of time. The early half of the 1800s was a very "active" period in Jewish history, with many things greatly affecting Jewish life today. During the era, was the formation of Modern Zionism. With the Students of the Vilna Gaon moving to Israel in the 1860s ...


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You've brought up a bunch of ideas. Let me try to deal with them singly. The Talmud records a dispute as to whether Moses or Joshua wrote the last eight verses of Deuteronomy (the ones that mention his death). The rest of Deuteronomy was written by Moses: I know of no Jewish source that disputes that, though I'm no expert. Either way, though, Moses knew ...


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Chabad has a partial translation online. it includes the parts that are included in hok l'yisrael. The translation is by Rabbi Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin. I don't know if that will include what you're looking for. There's also a partial translation from 1904 online at sacred-texts. The Kabbalah Education and Research center has one, but I'm not sure if it's ...


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Here the suggestion is to ammend the gemara to say בחתניה - Rabbi Pinchas Ben Yair heard about his son-in-law. No Aramaic problems. Note that the context there fits that better in two ways. One, it shows that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai became more advanced than RPBY only after his 13 years in the cave, something that would apply more naturally to someone ...


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It's hinted to in the Zohar in VaYechi - search for the words יָשִׁית יָדוֹ The second instance on that page says: יָשִׁית יָדוֹ עַל עֵינֶיךָ. מַאי קָא מַיְירֵי. אָמַר רִבִּי יֵיסָא, בְּגִין יְקָרָא דְיַעֲקֹב, וּלְאִתְבַּשְּׂרָא דְּהָא יוֹסֵף קַיָּים, וְיִשְׁתַּכַּח עֲלֵיהּ בְּמִיתָתֵיהּ. Meaning that Yosef will be present when you die. The third ...


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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 ...


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