Tag Archives: Zohar

Preparing for Kabbalah

“I, the author, adjure on the great name of G‑d, anyone into whose hands these [kabbalistic] pamphlets fall, that he should read this introduction. If his soul desires to enter the chamber of this wisdom, he should accept upon himself … Continue reading

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Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai—His Life and Works

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, often referred to simply as Rashbi (an acronym taken from the initials Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai), was one of the great Tannaitic sages who lived during the era of Roman persecution (2nd century CE). He was … Continue reading

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ZOHAR The Rose

From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (This series became the basis for the recently compiled “Zohar – translation and commentary” by Perets Auerbach)The holy Zohar opens with the image of the Jewish nation likened to a beloved rose … Continue reading

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The Song of Devorah (Shirat Devorah)

The Zohar says that the upcoming, final war of Gog and Magog will be similar to the war with Sisera in that it will also have tremendous miracles. These miracles will be due to the merit of Devorah. And a … Continue reading

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From the teachings of Rav Yehudah Leib Ashlag( Baal haSulam)

…From what we have already seen, it is easy to understand that the Torah, like the world itself, has an inner and an outer aspect. Likewise, the one who occupies himself or herself with Torah has these two levels. So … Continue reading

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Passover: Festival of Freedom.From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

“The Egyptians forced the Israelites to do harsh labor.” (Ex. 1:13)Rabbi Elazar asked Rabbi Shimon [bar Yochai], his father, “Why did the blessed Holy One see fit to send the Israelites down to Egypt?”He replied, “Are you asking me one … Continue reading

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Descendants of Haman learned Torah in Bnei Brak

And it came to pass on the third day, Esther put on royal dress, and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, opposite the king’s palace; and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal palace, … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Va’Yechi

All of Jacob’s joy, all the goodness of his final 17 years, was from the proliferation of his offspring. In fact, the sages explain that Jacob did not die, because as long as his seed, his offspring is alive, he … Continue reading

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The Holy ZOHAR on Parshat Chayei Sarah

The Zohar explains that each digit of the number 127 refers to Sarah’s unique spiritual status. One hundred years refers to the sefira of keter, the most concealed and sublime of the sefirot. “Twenty year” is comprised of ten sefirot … Continue reading

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The Holy ZOHAR on Parshat V’Zot HaBracha(Deut. 33-34)

The first verses of the blessing Moses gave to the people of Israel don’t seem connected to the blessing as they recount the historic event of the receiving of the law on Mount Sinai. Nonetheless, the experience of Mount Sinai … Continue reading

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