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Notes on the Zohar in English
© Don Karr, 1985, 1995, updated 2001-2010 All rights reserved. Email: email@example.com
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The original version of this paper appeared in Collected Articles on the Kabbalah, volume 1, by D. Karr (Ithaca, KoM #5, 1985: pp. 21-28)
THE ZOHAR, or Sefer ha-Zohar, is without question the major text of classical Kabbalah. It is not a single book, but rather a collection of tracts of various sizes, there being about two dozen which form fairly coherent units. The bulk of the Zohar is a running commentary on the Torah, into which the numerous shorter tracts have been incorporated, added in the margins, or compiled as addenda to the various chapters. Some of the shorter tracts are in a separate section called the Zohar Hadash (the NEW ZOHAR), and there is yet a third section called the Tikkunei Zohar (the ARRANGEMENTS OF THE ZOHAR). Work concerning the authorship and chronology of the zoharic strata is on-going, though most scholars agree that the main body of the Zohar was written by Rabbi Moses de Leon (1250-1305) and perhaps some others in his circle toward the end of the thirteenth century into the beginning of the fourteenth. Later strata (Raya Mehemna and the Tikkunim), were written in the fourteenth century and added to de Leon’s work.* Since the 2001 update of this paper, it may be said that a publication which can viably claim to be a complete Zohar in English has been published—and two others have been promised; see below regarding the editions of (1) the Kabbalah Centre International, (2) Fiftieth Gate Publications, and (3) Stanford University (= the PRITZKER EDITION). Before this, only two-thirds to three-quarters of the Zohar had been put into English, and that spread over a handful of separate publications. _________________________________
* On the authorship of the Zohar, see Yehuda Liebes, “How the Zohar Was Written,” in Studies in the Zohar (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993). On the Zohar’s internal chronology and on its subsequent collection and publication, the most recent work has been published in Hebrew articles by Ronit Meroz and Boaz Huss; however, note the English articles by Meroz and Huss in the bibliography below. On whether the Zohar was originally a unified literary unit, i.e., a book, see Daniel Abrams, “Critical and Post-Critical Textual Scholarship of Jewish Mystical Literature: Notes on the History and Development of Modern Editing Techniques,” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts, vol. 1, edited by D. Abrams and A. Elqayam (Los Angeles: Cherub Press, 1996), and especially Abrams’ “The Invention of the Zohar as a Book—On the Assumptions and Expectations of the Kabbalists and Modern Scholars,” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts, vol. 19, edited by D. Abrams (Los Angeles: Cherub Press, 2009). The most recent “Overview of Zohar Research” appears in Melila Hellner-Eshed, A River Flows from Eden: The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009): pages 23-28.
This paper is divided into five sections: 1. SOURCES OF THE ZOHAR IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION 2. DIVISIONS OF THE ZOHAR: a chart showing the different tracts and sections of the Zohar along with initial-coded entries to indicate books which contain translations of them 3. BIBLIOGRAPHY with notes, listing books, sections of books, and articles which discuss the Zohar or some aspect of it; many of these items contain translated passages 4. RECOMMENDATIONS concerning the pursuit of Zohar study 5. “Zohar I 51b-52a…”
1. SOURCES OF THE ZOHAR IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION
The most comprehensive guide to the Zohar is Isaiah Tishby’s Wisdom of the Zohar, the English version of which came out in 1989. (Complete publication information on this and all other books discussed in this section is given in § 3. BIBLIOGRAPHY.) The Hebrew original, Mishnat ha-Zohar, has been a standard, lauded by scholars since its publication: volume 1 in 1949 and volume 2 in 1961. In form, Wisdom is an anthology of Zohar readings arranged by subject. Each subject is thoroughly and clearly introduced; each translated passage is supported by full explanatory footnotes. While most excerpts are a page or two in length, a few are quite extensive, such as the full translations of the section Yanuka (i on the divisions chart), major portions of Sava (h on the chart), and the first of the two Hekhalot sections (f on the chart). (Wisdom is keyed as IT on the chart.) The principal virtue of Tishby’s rich study is the organization which it lends to the Zohar by bringing together passages on similar or related subjects (which, in the printed editions, are scattered all over the place) and offering such complete and lucid introductions. By giving the reader so much help, Tishby makes the concepts of the Zohar, many of which are quite difficult and obscure, far more accessible than they would be from a translation standing alone. The work which, from the ’thirties until rather recently, presented the largest amount of the Zohar in English (maybe two thirds) is the five-volume translation of Simon, Sperling, and Levertoff: The Zohar (Soncino Press, 1931-4, and a “student” edition by Rebecca Bennet Publications—frequently reprinted; keyed on the divisions chart as SSL). This set is often referred to as The Soncino Zohar.* Clearly, SSL’s idea was to present a coherent linear commentary to the Torah, but their omissions leave the reader frustrated. Missing are not only most of the inserted tracts but many of the particularly difficult passages from the running commentary itself. Introductory material and notes are minimal. Gershom Scholem (Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, p. 387, n. 34) says of SSL, “This translation is not always correct but it conveys a clear impression of what the Zohar is. It is to be regretted that too much has been omitted. The innumerable deliberate falsifications of the French translator, Jean de Pauly, are of course not to be found in this more solid and workmanlike translation.” After seventy years, SSL’s Zohar was finally surpassed in scope by “The First Ever Unabridged English Translation with Commentary” offered by Kabbalah Centre International: The Zohar by
* The Soncino Zohar has been produced on CD-ROM for both Mac and Windows. The Zohar, which is the same as the books, can be gotten alone or on a CD-ROM which also includes an extensive selection of texts in both Hebrew/Aramaic and English: the Bible, the Talmud, and Midrash Rabba; the commentaries of Rashi on the Talmud and Chumash, and the Tosafot on the Talmud are in Hebrew only. The Soncino Zohar requires 128MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, and 1.8 GB free hard drive space for installation. On the Internet, go to www.soncino.com.
the commentary overwhelms the text. including biblical names and kabbalistic terms. Shneur Zalman of Liadi]. drawing on all parts of the Zohar. and the text for the Kabbalah Centre translation.. However. VOLUME 23: Index: 2003). which. Noah. Berg: The Zohar: Parashat Pinhas (3 volumes. NUMBERS instead of Bemidbar). namely Ashlag’s Hebrew translation of the Zohar containing his “embedded commentary. especially considering that. Ha Sulam [R. with The Sulam commentary of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Yeshivat Kol Yehuda.g. such as Or Yakar [R. . additional commentary from the first part of Ashlag’s Hakdamat Sefer haZohar (INTRODUCTION TO THE ZOHAR). here one finds THE BOOK OF CONCEALMENT. The Zohar: Annotations to the Ashlag Commentary (Toronto –Brooklyn: Laitman Kabbalah Publishers. Rozenberg]. (Ha Sulam was originally published in Jerusalem.” which. including Zohar Hadash and Tikkunei Zohar. In some paragraphs. as editor Rabbi Michael Berg’s introduction puts it. 105) says.20103 Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Or ha-Hamah [R. 2009). Further. This inaugural volume provides introductory sections: “Historical Background. starting at volume 3. Here and there Rabbi Berg inserts commentary of his own in clearly marked paragraphs separate from the text. Y. he presents the commentary following the order of the biblical verses.” Some chapters are further set up by additional paragraphs headlined “The Relevance of the Passage. which gives—in English—the Zohar’s PROLOGUE (roughly the first half of volume one of the Kabbalah Centre’s Zohar: §§1-260) with the Sulam commentary.” and “The Mystical Concepts of the Zohar. Miller does not begin with Zohar 1:1 and progress in the order of one of the printed editions as SSL’s and Kabbalah Centre’s do. Another “complete” Zohar has been promised but has thus far seen only its first volume published: Zohar: Selections Translated and Annotated by Moshe Miller (Fiftieth Gate Publications. in the original Aramaic and in English. Berg’s Parashat Pinhas includes an introduction and helpful indices to the three volumes. In twenty-two volumes the Zohar is presented. Tanya [R. Lech Lecha. Ashlag’s commentary appositively identifies many of the Zohar’s widely (wildly) ranging referents with sefirot. Thus.” “The Structure of the Zohar.” Each volume contains a glossary of Hebrew words. This translation is nearly identical to the Pinhas portions of the newer Kabbalah Centre Zohar (volumes 20-21). While not unreasonably priced at around $20 per hardbound volume. etc.” For further translations from Ha Sulam. the whole set represents something of a commitment. “The explanations follow the Lurianic system and are of little help in clarifying the literal meaning of the text. p. are headlined “A Synopsis. though not all of the Sulam commentary is included. 1945-55. no commentary at all appears. Eliezer Tzvi of Komarna]. in others. the Idrot. 2001. keyed as PSB on the chart). and Vayera.” Comparison with SSL shows that Kabbalah Centre’s Zohar follows the same order but includes the material omitted from the earlier work. both Hekhalot sections. The English is a translation of Rabbi Ashlag’s Ha Sulam (THE LADDER). see Rav Michael Laitman. the Kabbalah Centre’s Zohar is “deliberately not a scholarly edition” [Berg’s italics]. Ziv ha-Zohar [R. is shown in a different typeface from the Zohar text. Moses Cordovero]. plus Laitman’s “own explanations. Rabbi Berg uses the Standard English names of biblical books and other terms (e. Embedded in the Zohar text in smaller type are comments and explanations drawn from classic commentaries. Yehuda Ashlag]. in the Kabbalah Centre’s edition. parzufim.) Most chapters are introduced by short summaries. 2000). Research Centre of Kabbalah.” An older multi-volume work from Kabbalah Centre is the translation of one particularly significant section of the Zohar prepared by Rabbi Phillip S. and other features fundamental to Lurianic developments. Elsewhere the commentary fleshes out the Zohar’s apparent shorthand (often by simply identifying the antecedents of potentially ambiguous pronouns). paragraph by paragraph. indicating that this work was also based on Rabbi Ashlag’s Ha Sulam. Y. Isaiah Tishby (Wisdom of the Zohar. Abraham Azulai]. 1987-8. The set presents a major portion of Raya Mehemna (t on the chart). What we do have is “a literal—not a vernacular—translation” where “[m]aterial has not been condensed or moved to achieve clarity or a more logical presentation.” Translated selections from the Zohar comment on the first four portions of the Torah: Bereishit. Damesek Eliezer [R. Of the Sulam commentary.
lib. WORK OF THE CHARIOT. in both Aramaic and English. A translation of Midrash ha-Neelam to the BOOK OF RUTH (s on the chart) comprises The Mystical Study of Ruth: Midrash ha-Neelam of the Zohar to the Book of Ruth. including those of Moses Cordovero. prepared by Daniel Matt. which is based on a Hebrew translation and which includes embedded commentary). For the other versions of these texts. Charles Mopsik. with commentary and 21 appendices. Sava in its entirety is in Daniel Matt’s Zohar. Yehuda Liebes. as well as the work of modern scholars. with introduction and notes by Lawrence A. Z1:76b-165b. Basser (Scholars Press. XX)—the PRITZKER EDITION will undoubtedly become the English Zohar of choice among scholars and informed lay readers. 2008. 2001). Z2: 2a-94a. RUNES. www. Z2: 94b-179a.” which is § III of Textual Reasoning: The Postmodern Jewish Philosophy Network. this edition will run twelve volumes. Three versions among these stand out as the most reliable— certainly the most faithful to the original: (1) Roy A. There are a number of translations of one particularly important set of Zohar texts: Sifre deTzeniuta and the Idrot (b. See also Pinhas Giller. h on the chart) is given in Aramaic and English.edu/journals/tr/archive/pmjp/pmjp6_2. XVII) from some twenty “reliable manuscripts”—some dating as far back as the fourteenth century—along with the Mantua and Cremona editions of the sixteenth century—all in Aramaic. such as Reuven Margaliot. omitting Z1:38a45b = Hekhalot. Hayyim Vital. Matching the highest academic standards with genuine sympathy for the text—Matt describes his translation as “literal yet poetic” (p. The Aramaic text which serves as the basis for Matt’s translation can be viewed at Stanford’s site.org/zohar > Aramaic Text Online.” Alas. (2) Pinchas Giller’s Reading the Zohar (Oxford. these sections also appear in the Kabbalah Centre Zohar. Isaiah Tishby. Englander with Herbert W. and Zahavy. The English translation is from a “critical text” which Matt composed (using the Margaliot edition as a starting point) “based on a selection and evaluation of the manuscript readings” (p. d. and Yehuda Ashlag. 1972). Z1: 166a-251a. The first five volumes have been published (2004: VOLUME I. which offers Sifre deTzeniuta** and Idra de bi Mashkana (b and e). and 2009: VOLUME V. translated and edited. style.org > RECOMMENDED KABBALA BOOKS IN ENGLISH > RECOMMENDED KABBALA WORKS : TO VIEW COMPLETE ARTICLE > The Old Man in the Sea : “To purchase…click here.20103 The most important recent development in Zohar scholarship and publication is Stanford University’s PRITZKER EDITION* of the Zohar. PART ONE: REINCARNATION/ RESURRECTION/REDEMPTION. Moshe Idel. When completed. keyed EwB on the chart). 2009). which contains all four texts. _________________________________ * PRITZKER is the name of the sponsor of the Zohar translation/publication project—not the name of a publisher or manuscript collection as many assume. Volume 6. the original language of the Zohar (unlike the Kabbalah Centre’s translation. see the bibliography under MATHERS.sup. Z1:1a-76b.html ** . which includes §§ Sava de-Mishpatim and Sifre di-Tsniuta). covering the history. The numerous footnotes constitute a helpful commentary to the text. and concepts of the Zohar. which will appear in a subsequent volume. which is reduced from his companion volume to the PRITZKER EDITION: A Guide to the Zohar. 1993. Number 2 (May/June 1997).” As of December 28. and e on the chart).virginia. the times I checked—January 2007 through June 2008—the book was listed “SOLD OUT. in what is described in the foreword as “a work in progress”: Zohar: Sabba d’Mishpatim – The Old Man in the Sea. Volume I includes an introduction by Arthur Green. VOLUME 5 (Stanford. (3) Sifre deTzeniuta in Daniel Matt’s Zohar. 2007: VOLUME IV. structure. The first half of Sava (or Sava d’Mishpatim – Z2: 94b-104a.kabbalaonline. SASSOON & DALE. it’s gone). Matt draws on a range of traditional Zohar commentaries. Rosenberg’s Anatomy of God (Ktav. Fortunately. translation and commentary by Shabtai Teicher (Jerusalem: 2004 formerly available at www. 2006: VOLUME III. “A Working Translation of the Sifra de-Tzeniuta. VOLUME II. and Elliot Wolfson. which can be viewed on-line at http://etext. VOLUME 5. Green’s Guide provides an exquisite overview. c. also published by Stanford. Gershom Scholem.
Judah Moses Ftayya’s Minhat Yehuda Haruhot Mesapperot. “With one Foot in the Renaissance: Shlomoh Almoli and his Dream Interpretation. face the pages of text.20103 “[A]pproximately one half of the text” of Sithre Othioth. in places. massaged into conventional prose from the more academic notes of the original work. and Sefer Yetzirah.” Tales from the Zohar. To fill this void. and even boring… In the abridged text.) More recently. 1949. see Monford Harris. Avicenna. with Papercut Art by Diane Palley (The Jewish Publication Society. Hai Gaon. keyed SGW on the chart). fear of G-d.”. Almoli’s sources include the Talmud. is Daniel C. moral teaching. in 1515 (Salonika) Rabbi Solomon Almoli first published his book of dream interpretations. Saadia Gaon. in Stephen G. arranged by subject.” in Jewish Studies Quarterly.g. Gershom Scholem published a reader of Zohar excerpts in English: Zohar: The Book of Splendor. In his foreword to Tales from the Zohar . Another collection of excerpts. R. Rosenberg devotes some sixty pages to “New translations of the Kabbalah. Maimonides. “Anyone who sought to benefit from the tales of the righteous found that they are scattered throughout the sea of the Zohar. Kabbalah Centre). 1983). A paperback edition of this book has been published which. though. and al-Ghazzali. Scholem’s translations are of passages which appear elsewhere (e. Mohr Siebeck. even Averroes. Explanatory notes. R. repetitive. “The first part of Pitron Chalomot…is at times heavy. The most unfortunate victim of the abridgement is the introduction: the commendable 36-page introduction of the original work was chopped to a most inadequate 8 pages. does not include the lovely paper-cuts: Princeton: Princeton University Press. and Torah teachings inherent in the wonderful tales of the Zohar. unfortunately. polemical. which offers about half of the passages from the Paulist publication. Volume 6. Tübingen. is translated. Two somewhat shortened translations of Pitron Halomot are available in English: (1) Chapter Two of Joel Covitz’ Visions of the Night: A Study in Jewish Dream Interpretation (Shambhala. the Zohar. (2) Yaakov Elman’s translation. Eight narrative segments from the Zohar are translated. his renderings are. . R. 1992). 2002). Manasseh ben Israel’s Nishmat Hayyim and R. 1998— MYTHOS Series. and are engulfed in the sea of concealed secret teachings and the forest of esoteric interpretations of the holy Torah. 1998). reprinted frequently). Now…anyone may derive benefit from this magnificent treasure of true practices. Sefer ha-Bahir. I have sought to spare the modern reader (Almoli’s) obsessiveness…. with notes and extensive commentary. more extensive than Scholem’s. 1994). THE SECRETS OF THE LETTERS (p on the chart). which is rather less abridged than Covitz’. Elman’s introduction is scant. Also find also Annelies Kuyt’s article.* _________________________________ * On the topic of dreams. “The Interpretation of Dreams by a Sixteenth-Century Rabbi. 39-63. and the whole text analyzed. Wald’s book. No. quite different.” in Studies in Jewish Dream Interpretation (Jason Aronson Inc. a distressing abridgement of this book appeared as Zohar: Annotated & Explained (Woodstock: Skylight Paths Publishing. the Zohar’s narrative segments selected and translated by David Shalom Basri. about Matt’s setting these passages in a free-verse format. David Rosenberg treats the Zohar as one of the great works of world literature—albeit one not recognized as such. Eleazer of Worms. 9).. however. Matt’s Zohar – The Book of Enlightenment (Paulist Press. The Doctrine of the Divine Name: An Introduction to Classical Kabbalistic Theology (Scholars Press. A fine introduction and ample notes supplement the translations. in Aryeh Wineman’s Mystic Tales from the Zohar. Pitron Halomot. 1997). 2000). 3 (1999). Dream Interpretation from Classical Sources (Ktav. 1988. Aaron Avraham Slatki writes. who says (p. SSL. along with passages from Midrash Rabba. pp.PART 1: GENESIS (Jerusalem: Haktav Institute.. has been put into English by Edward Levin.” primarily Zohar. In Dreams of Being Eaten Alive (Harmony Books. (One wonders. includes two appendices: passages from R. 1990). Basic Readings from the Kabbalah (Schocken Books.
and my teacher Melila Hellner-Eshed. DIVINE SORROW AND CONSOLATION: ZOHAR HADASH.e. “Introduction. JEWISH MYTH AND MYTHMAKING IN THE MIDDLE AGES. A Journey into the Zohar (Albany: State University of New York Press.” CHAPTER 11. however. refer below to § 3: BIBLIOGRAPHY. and at times bewildering universe of one of the masterpieces of the world of mystical literature. 2003) offers numerous passages from the Zohar in English in CHAPTER 10.E. poetics. 34A-35B.A. Haqdamat or PROLOGUE: Z I:1a-14b) is available as an e-text: Zohar: The Book of Splendor (Jerusalem: Association of Authentic Kabala Educators [A. dedicated kabalists who work individually and collectively to bring the light of the ancient mystical texts to the contemporary modern mind. where items by Wolfson far outnumber those of any other scholar catalogued. existence/non-existence. Part III. My aim.A. 2010). these commentaries cite further passages from the Zohar and other sources. and numerous other topics. 3:157a-b. Wolfson. Bahya ben Asher of Saragossa’s commentary on GENESIS 1:1-2.K. EICHA. Yehuda Liebes. Rabbi Ezra ben Solomon of Gerona: Commentary on the Song of Songs and Other Kabbalistic Commentaries (Kalamazoo: Published for TEAMS [The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages] by Medieval Institute Publications / Western Michigan University. 3:149a-150b. of Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking (Oxford: Oxford University Press. Elliot Wolfson. Given the great luminaries who have explicated the world of the Zohar. as well as the body of fascinating scholarship surrounding it—a body of literature beginning with the pioneering works of Gershom Scholem and Isaiah Tishby and continuing in our days with the works of Moshe Idel.” Newly translated narratives—all from portions within the Zohar’s commentary to Leviticus and Numbers (3:20a-23a. 2009). Zohar scholarship. Scores of passages from the Zohar are translated and discussed in the numerous works of Elliot R. 1989) includes “Zohar Hadash: Commentary on Lamentations. Note in particular Luminal Darkness: Imaginal Gleanings from Zoharic Literature (Oxford: Oneworld Publications. has not concerned itself with making its insights and discoveries amenable to a general readership and has been concerned instead with the kinds of questions that are quite properly the focus of academic work. Eros. genuine.E. it is not the intention of this study to present any radically new thesis about the Zohar. Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination (New York: Fordham University Press. Wolski writes (pages 19-20). Each passage is followed by a “discursive commentary”. 3:67b-68b. My focus on zoharic exegetical narrative with particular emphasis on the literary and performative elements of the composition does. 3:39a-41a. 53 c-d)—open the chapters of Nathan Wolski’s book. Brody adds R.” Along with the Zohar passage and R. § B. “A full translation and in depth commentary” by Perets Auerbach covering the first section of the “Zohar Volume I: Introduction” (i. 2007).” and Appendix 1.]. 2005) in which the Zohar is central to Wolfson’s protracted and ranging discussions of gender. This book seeks to redress this void and aims to open the mysterious. which collects eight of Wolfson’s previously published articles. which has attracted some of the greatest minds in Jewish studies.K.. rather.” CHAPTER 12. 3:159a-b. offer a new mode of Zohar analysis and has the additional advantage of providing nonspecialists a much clearer view into the world of the Zohar than is currently available.20103 Seth Brody’s selection of translated texts. 3:303a). wondrous. A. is to mediate the Zohar itself. Ezra’s commentary. SEA MONSTERS AND THE MYSTERY OF EVIL: ZOHAR II. and the hefty Language. “The Primordial Serpent and the Secrets of Creation. embodiment. “Divine Sorrow and the Rupture of Exile. and § C. is described on the title page as “A society of sincere. . 3:267a-b. along with two selections from Zohar Hadash (15 b-d.
Sava i.20103 2. commentary on the Torah b. DIVISIONS OF THE ZOHAR a. Sithre Torah parallel cols Z1 15a—2b 74b—75a 76b—77a 78b—81b 88a—90a 97a—102a 107b—111a SSL KC: 1 P(G)6 P(G)7 Myer8 . Rav Methivtha Z2 94b—114a SSL SSL SSL IT4/ST IT KC: 10 / M: 5 KC: 19 KC: 18 KC: 18 Z3 186a—192a Z3 161b—163a Z3 163a—174b5 l. Idra Zutta e. Idra Rabba d. Yenuka k. Sifre deTzeniuta c. Idra de bi Mashkana2 f. Raza de Razin Z2 70a—76b SSL SSL RR RR RR RR PG IT IT1 PG KC: 1-22/ M: 1— KC: 11 / M: 5 KC: 17 KC: 22 KC: 11 KC: 2 KC: 13 KC: 10 KC: 10 Z2 76b—78a ZH 35b—37c h. Hekhalot Z2 176b—179a Z3 127b—145 Z3 287b—296b Z2 127a—146b Z1 38a—45b3 Z2 244b—262b g.
Sithre Othioth q. 232. Raya Mehemna ZH 60a—61d ZH 75a—90b ZH 91a—93b Z2 40b—43b 114a—121a EwB SSL IT18 IT19 KC: 9 KC: 10 . 161b. 74. 195a n. 165. M h-N on S OF S M h-N on RUTH M h-N on LAM t. Midrash ha-Neelam Z1 97a—140a Z2 4a—5b 14a—22a 35b—40b ZH 2b—26b 27b—28d s. 122b. 12b. 97. on EZ ZH 61d—75b ZH 56d—58d ZH 1b—7b ZH 37c—41b P(GM)12 SSL SSL SSL NW15 DR16 IT17 IT14 SGW IT11 IT13 KC: 3-4 KC: 8 KC: 8 KC: 9 r. 73b ZH 1d. 270b Z3 49. comm. Mathnithin P(G)9 DM10 Z1 64a. 74. 3a. 154. 251 Z2 4a. Kav ha-Middah p. 233b. Z to S OF S o.20103 146b—149b 151b—152a 154b—157b 161b—162b Z2 146a m. 107b. 147. 151. 68b. 100b. 121.
.. The Mystical Study of Ruth.. KC….….. The Zohar: Parashat Pinhas.……LAMENTATIONS EZ……………EZEKIEL .David Rosenberg.Patai.Daniel Matt.Zohar Hadash cols…………columns comm………. PG…….…. Gates to the Old City and The Messiah Texts.... Dreams of Being Eaten Alive.Isaiah Tishby. Anatomy of God.SONG OF SONGS LAM……. (Full descriptions of these books are given in the bibliography.. The Doctrine of the Divine Name. The Wisdom of the Zohar.20103 Z3 97a—104a 108b—112a 121b—126a 215a—258a 270b-283a u. “Appendix” to Reading the Zohar. Wald....…Pinchas Giller.. Sperling. PSB…..…... and Levertoff. Zohar: Sabba d’Mishpatim.Simon.Shabtai Teicher.. The Zohar: Pritzker Edition...…Roy Rosenberg. P(GM)……Patai. RR…….commentary M h-N……….) Other abbreviations: Z……………Zohar ZH…………. P(G)…….…. IT……. G. Berg... (KC followed by volume number) M…………Matt.. Qabbalah. EwB…. Gates to the Old City..S. A Journey into the Zohar.Myer.Phillip S. Ta Hazei Key to initials: ZH 7a DM. Myer….….Midrash ha-Neelam S OF S………. (passages from Tikkun 70) SSL KC: 16 KC: 16 SSL PSB IT20 KC: 17 KC: 20-1 IT21 SSL KC: 22 KC: 1 Z1 22a—29a ZH 31a—35b 93c—122b w.….. “Zohar Hadash: Commentary on Lamentations” (in Commentary on the Song of Songs) SGW…. Zohar. additions to q. Tikkunei Zohar v.. The Zohar.. SB……….. ST………. DR. SSL….…….. NW………Nathan Wolski.Seth Brody...Kabbalah Centre International.….Englander with Basser... Zohar – Book of Enlightenment..…….
38a-b. 2007). and Giller. ZH 53 c-d in NW. Z3 168a. 492-3. probably somewhere around Z3 167a-168a. and Z3 170a. 9. ZH 38a. “Those Who Know Have Wings: Celestial Journeys with the Masters of the Academy. vol. Matt omits inserted texts. IT (Tishby) contains numerous passages from the running commentary. at the opening of CHAPTER 4. Z1 81b. 103a. see 262-5. 10. 38d. KC and Matt’s PRITZKER EDITION follow the running commentary. 16. Z1 135b-136a. which. 615. For this section intact. 99a 100a. 19. 98b.e. 16. 643-5. it will be included in a later volume. see P(G) 461-2. 517. Other passages from this gap are given in Tishby: Z3 168b-169a. Z1 98a-99a. 21. Hekhalot Z1 38a—45b does not appear in Matt’s VOLUME 1. 41a. SSL leaves a huge gap at 163a-174a: Mirsky’s passage falls inside this gap. these will be published separately. and Carmeli.20103 Notes to “DIVISIONS OF THE ZOHAR”: 1. Z3 275b-285a. numerous passages 20. see Myer 427-8. 90) that the actual Idra de bi Mashkana is lost or not identified as such because it lacks the characteristic framing narrative of the other Idrot. which is not included in SSL. see Kabbalah Centre’s Zohar. volumes 17 and 18. Z1 147a-148a: see DM 75-79.” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. see IT 672-3. Tishby. pp.” and he suggests (Reading the Zohar. Merav. see P(G) 427. Z2 94b-99b. translations of this section appear in Rosenberg. 2. see Wolski. Mirsky states that the passage translated in Rabbinic Fantasies (ed.e. numerous passages 14. Elqayam (Los Angeles: Cherub Press. Z3 124a-126a. i. see IT 619. see IT 597-614. 13. 3. whereas Rosenberg. 12. see P(M) 243-5. indeed cannot. This pagination does not. What constitutes the Idra de bi Mashkana is a matter of some confusion. see IT 1317. . agree with our divisions chart in that our [Mantua] Zohar stops at Z3 299b. paged according to the Mantua Zohar). numerous passages 18. 265-6. volume 18. 39d-40a. 6. 17. Z2 40b-41a. see IT 177-97. p. Z1 148a-b. the section which matches the Rabbinic Fantasies segment appears in KC. 11. 8. Mirsky notes that the translation appears in Zohar be-Midbar: Shelah Lecha. 1511-13. On Rav Methivtha. 794-5. see DR 90-1 and 95-7. by our pagination covers Z3 156b-176a. IT 1147-54. Z1 97a. 619-20. 784-5. Stern and Mirsky—see the bibliography) is based on Z3 332-5 of the Margolioth edition.. see P(G) 484-5. Giller calls it simply “The Shorter Idra. ZH 26b and 18d-19a. 7. places it at Z2 122b-123b. 5. 4. For Z1 41a-45b. numerous passages 15. 106a-b.. Z1 89a-90a. edited by D. Nathan. 112-130. Scholem identifies it as Z2 127a-146b (which is included in SSL). that of the forum of Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai and his circle. P(G) 496-7. 42b-43a. following standard editions of the Zohar (i. Abrams and A.
“This book is a study guide to a key text in Kabbalah. edited by D. London. § 8. . ____________.. Edition and English Translation). “Introduction to the Zohar. the Introduction to the Zohar by Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag. Stanford: Stanford University Press. § 1. “The Invention of the Zohar as a Book—On the Assumptions and Expectations of the Kabbalists and Modern Scholars. ___________________. and the Arabic rhymed prose of Ibn al-Astarkuwi. 1990. Gil. edited by D. reprinted New York: Sepher-Hermon Press. Explanation of the text uses excerpts collated from Rabbi Ashlag’s other writings. Philosophy.” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. Daniel. Jerusalem – Los Angeles: The Magnes Press – Cherub Press. 1974. S. “Mysticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.” is a new translation of the text which appears as PART ONE of An Entrance to the Zohar.” in Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbala.20103 3. Safed: Nehora Press. In the Shadow of the Ladder: Introductions to the Kabbalah. Jewish Mysticism: An Introduction to the Kabbalah. An introduction to the Zohar according to Ashlag’s version of Lurianic kabbalah.” CHAPTER 4 is another substantial piece by Ashlag. 2010. Numbers 50-52 [NAHUM ARIELI MEMORIAL VOLUME] (Ramat-Gan: Bar Ilan University Press. vol. ____________. “The Cultural Reception of the Zohar—An Unknown Lecture by Gershom Scholem from 1940 (Study. Rabbi Yehuda. and includes suggestions for inner work. ___________________. Abrams (Los Angeles: Cherub Press. 1913. “A Preface to the Zohar. 2009). 19. and Mineola: Dover Publications. Translated from the Hebrew with additional explanatory chapters by Mark Cohen and Yedidah Cohen. Inc. 1969 and 1981. 2010). 2001: Chapter V. 19. vol. Literature in Arab Jewish Letters. G. “Some General Features of the ‘Zohar’ Mysticism” Abrams. Safed: Nehora Press. compiled by Yedidah Cohen. 1984. A Tapestry for the Soul: The Introduction to the Zohar by Rabbi Yehuda Lev Ashlag.” –PREFACE. This collection’s CHAPTER 3. 2002. page ix. An Entrance to the Zohar [Hakdamot: Part 1] Jerusalem: Research Centre of Kabbalah. Ashlag. “Knowing the Maiden without Eyes: Reading the Sexual Reconstruction of the Jewish Mystic in a Zoharic Parable. 2002.” The Ladder of the title refers to Ashlag’s Hebrew translation (with commentary) of the Zohar. Textual Sources for the Study of Judaism. vol. See the explanation for the next entry below. See below: Berg. ____________. “Our Place in al-Andalus”: Kabbalah. the Zohar. 2003).3 offers translations of Z2 42b-43a (on ein sof and the ten sefirot).7. 2010. Abrams (Los Angeles: Cherub Press.” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot. Z Z3 152a (on the Torah). Anidjar discusses the literature and milieu of medieval Muslim Spain via Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed.” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. Z3 77b and Z2 40b (on exile and redemption) and Z1 183b (on the spiritual constitution of man). 2009). edited by D. Z2 173a (on the ‘other side’). “The Invention of the Zohar as a Book” = CHAPTER 4 of Kabbalistic Manuscripts and Textual Theory: Methodologies of Textual Scholarship and Editorial Practice in the Study of Jewish Mysticism. as published in English in In the Shadow of the Ladder. ____________.” discusses the Zohar. BIBLIOGRAPHY Abelson J[oshua]. Bell and Sons. Abrams (Los Angeles: Cherub Press. P. Anidjar. Ha Sulam—the work translated into English now distributed by The Kabbalah Center. 21. “The Virgin Mary as the Moon that Lacks the Sun – A Zoharic Polemic against the Veneration of Mary. Alexander. Totawa: Barnes & Noble Books.
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Magic. Gaster. 7. edited by Steven T. Myer’s Qabbalah. and Narrative Form in the Zohar. Herbert W. The Mystical Study of Ruth: Midrash ha-Ne’elam of the Zohar to the Book of Ruth [SOUTH FLORIDA STUDIES IN THE HISTORY OF JUDAISM # 75]. Midrash ha-Neelam (Z1 122b-ff) Tosefta (Z1 121a) _____________. Appended to each chapter are study questions. No. and Knut Stenring’s translation of Sefer Yezirah. Levi’s History of Magic. Gersh. Number 3 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press. notions of good and evil. Steven A. n. Medieval Romance. Z1:49b. Reprinted frequently. ____________.. Sossnitz. edited by Margaret Cormack (Oxford – New York: Oxford University Press.d. Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Adolphe. 1993. Volume 29.20103 Englander. 76-79. The Harmony of the Sefirot: The Conjunctive Points Fishbane. 2002). New York: Scribner.” in Studies and Texts in Folklore. English translation by I. West Orange: Behrman House. Ch. 1909. all but two (Vital’s Etz Hayim 1:2 and Yosher Divrei Emet) are from the Zohar (Z3: 152a. “Kabbalistic Texts.. Ariel Bension’s Zohar in Moslem and Christian Spain. Hebrew Apocrypha and Samaritan Archaeology. edited by Barry W. Fuller. The Kabbalah: Religious Philosophy of the Hebrews. Fall 2009). 1940.” and Part Two: “Selections from the Sources. 1843. reprinted New York: Ktav Publishing House. 1984. Eitan.” in The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. “Tears of Disclosure: The Role of Weeping in Zoharic Narrative.. _____________. J. Inc. 1925-8. Harry. Waite’s Holy Kabbalah. Katz. “The Scent of the Rose: Drama Fiction. “A Gnostic Fragment of the Zohar: The Resurrection of the Dead. Atlanta: Scholars Press. Midrash ha-Neelam is s on the chart.” in Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History. Seattle – London: University of Washington Press. TZ:12bff [Petach Eliyahu]. Z1:83a.” in Hastings Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics. 3 vols. (1921) 1955. . The Exegetical Imagination: On Jewish Thought and Theology. Fisdel. The Secret Wisdom of the Qabalah. rpt. volume 1. Z1:55b. pp. 1989 Gersh’s efficient study manual is divided into two sections. New York: The Kabbalah Publishing Company. New York: Summit Books. C. Lawrence. “Contemplative Death in Jewish Mystical Tradition. 2002). 1971. The Kiss of God: Spiritual and Mystical Death in Judaism. Part One: “Kabbalah: An Overview. London: Maggs Brothers. abridged English edition reprinted New York: Bell Publishing Co. German translation by A. b. Holtz. The Practice of Kabbalah: Meditation in Judaism. and Z2:39b). Chicago: Yogi Publication Society. A Study in Jewish Mystical Thought. which Fuller refers to as the “Soncino edition”). 1937. Moses.. 1994: pp. 9. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.” Of the ten passages. Z2:42b. “Zohar. Michael. Fishbane. drawing on—and frequently citing—SSL. 1844. Lawrence A. A View from the Zohar: The Dynamics of the Sefirot Ch 10. 106-110. 2000.) _______________. 369-398: a. 1996. Z1:11b. The Book of Zohar and Exegetical Spirituality (—also in Mysticism and Sacred Scripture.” in Back to the Sources. Volume 11. edited by James Hastings. Secret Wisdom is an effort to introduce the core of “Qabalistic” doctrine. 1 (Taylor & Francis Ltd.. fall and redemption. Fuller’s other sources include Ginsburg’s Kabbalah. with study questions by Seymour Rossel [PRIMARY SOURCE SERIES]. F. All are accompanied by Gersh’s explanations. French original. Fine. with Basser. etc. Jellinek. Franck. 1998. Ch. covering cosmogony. London: Rider and Company.” in Sacrificing the Self: Perspectives on Martyrdom and Religion. Northvale – London: Jason Aronson Inc.
____________. where two Zohar texts (Z3 209a and Z3 98a-b) are discussed. thesis. the thesis focuses on the detailed examination of four areas: (1) the use of frequently recurring rhetorical and linguistic formularies in the text. H. The Sabbath in the Classical Kabbalah. 1989. AND RELIGION].” Green. On Jewish Law and Lore. At the same time. Giller. From the Rise of the Kabbala (1270 C. “Crowns and accounts of coronation are used by the Zohar with astounding frequency and in a great variety of ways” (p. Ginsburg. The Enlightened Will Shine: Symbolism and Theurgy in the Later Strata of the Zohar.” (ABSTRACT. 1955.E. A Guide to the Zohar. having neither notes nor an index. ______________. The Sacred Books of the Jews. [6 volumes] English “…‘done by various hands’ and …afterwards …revised by me. Montreal: Concordia University. vol. Keter: The Crown of God in Early Jewish Mysticism.” i. Grätz’ attitude toward the subject is reflected in segment titles such as “The Impostor Moses de Leon” and “Forgeries of the Kabbalists. See pp. See Volume IV. “Index of Passages. § 4.A. This article reappears as Chapter 2 of Reading the Zohar.). New York: Oxford University Press.” Regarding the Zohar. Pinchas. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.e. the thesis will also claim that the skillful use of hermeneutical and rhetorical techniques allows for the unique concealment and disclosure of esoteric-kabbalistic meaning. Allegorical Interpretation of Scripture § 6. “Love and Upheaval in the Zohar’s Saba de Mishpatim. reprinted New York: Atheneum. and Proscription of Science. are not very helpful. ____________. 2003) ____________. 1891-8. arguably the most influential work of Jewish mysticism. [SUNY SERIES IN JUDAICA. M. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America.” pp. [SUNY SERIES IN JUDAICA: MYSTICISM.. particularly. 1993. (2) narrative characters and personalities. Princeton: Princeton University Press. “Nesirah: Myth and Androgeny in Late Kabbalistic Practice. “GO YOU FORTH!”: THE CONSTRUCTION OF MEANING IN THE ZOHAR. The 1956 abridged version.” includes a passage from the Zohar (Z2:70a-76a) on physiognomy—an odd choice for a survey chapter. Legends of the Jews. VOLUME 12. (Harwood Academic Publishers GmbH. The Kabbalah.” in The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. Writes Green. The Zohar is cited throughout Ginzberg’s voluminous notes. reprinted Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University. AND RELIGION]. page iii)) Grätz. [7 volumes]. 1998. 7. Albany: State University of New York Press. . Ginzberg. (4) the presence of various intertexts incorporated into the substructures of the Zoharic narrative. Chapter 13. Chapter I: “Cultivation of the Kabbala. Legends of the Jews (one volume). “Mysticism: The Kabbalah and the Zohar. ____________.) to the Permanent Settlement of the Marranos in Holland (1618 C. Albany: State University of New York Press. reprinted with The Essenes. New York: Stein & Day.. Giller discusses how the Zohar was interpreted by the Safed Kabbalists: Moses Cordovero and. In order to show the idiosyncratic relationship between mystical content and narrative elements. Stanford: Stanford University Press. English translations of Sifra DeTzeniuta and Idra de bi Mashkana are provided. Arthur. 1997. 1968. 2004.20103 __________. Ginsburg. Later strata of the Zohar = Raya Mehemna and Tikkunei Zohar. Routledge & Sons. “The thesis examines the hermeneutic structure of the Parashat “Lekh Lekhah” of the Zohar. Christian D. Elliot K. 573-580. Reading the Zohar: The Sacred Text of Kabbalah. Bella Loewy. 1956. Cabala Gondos. See vol. London: G. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America. (3) the significance and depiction of theurgical activities. The thesis argues and demonstrates that the Zohar continues the modes of classical midrashic exegesis through the incorporation of common stylistic and formal hermeneutical elements. 1997).E. NUMBER 3 (Leiden – Boston: Brill. Louis. 157-165. 2001. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America. Isaac Luria—with special attention to developments of the Idrot. 1864. Andrea. This work has been cited as The Tiqqunim: Symbolization and Theurgy.” in The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. HERMENEUTICS. (1909-38) [2nd] 1937-66. Legends of the Bible (Simon and Schuster) and the paperback reprint of it from 1961. History of the Jews. 1981. 7. 2005. MYSTICISM. 157).
Albany: State University of New York Press. “The Zohar: Jewish Mysticism in Medieval Spain. See especially CHAPTER FIVE. Stanford: Stanford University Press.” in Study and Knowledge in Jewish Thought. Culture and Religion. 2. OF THE Greenstein. this is simply an unacknowledged copy of SSL. which is problematic to begin with. IN THE ‘ZOHAR’ This book expands upon Hecker’s Ph. 2005. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. 1999. “Sefer ha-Zohar as a Canonical. _________. (Spring 1987).D. 1983. “Mystical Eating and Food Practices in the Zohar. 6]. Part 3.” in Judaism in Practice from the Middle Ages through the Early Modern Period [PRINCETON READINGS IN RELIGIONS]. “The Text and Context of the 1684 Sulzbach Edition of the Zohar.” in The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. Haskell. 2006. . Melila. Publication no. Albany: State University of New York Press. “The Image of God as Suckling Mother in Sefer ha-Zohar. _________. 4]. The Zohar PRITZKER EDITION (Stanford: Stanford University Press. Elton (intro).” in Tradition. Boaz. 7. David. Joel. edited by Howard Kreisel [THE GOLDSTEINGOREN LIBRARY OF JEWISH THOUGHT. 1998. _________. Huss. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. edited by Lawrence Fine (1995. Mystical Meals: Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah. Abraham J. 2009.” in The Jews: Their History. Beyond a few alterations to the opening lines of each section. 2004—). “The SONG OF SONGS in Early Jewish Mysticism. New York University Press). 1996). 1949. 2001. Mystical Bodies. Ph. Matt. Louis Finkelstein. New York: New York University. Hallamish. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America. Number 1. EACH MAN ATE AN ANGEL’S MEAL: EATING AND EMBODIMENT (New York: New York University. Contains Z1 15a-24b and 29a-32a. In the Beginning: Bereshith. no. Santa Barbara: Concord Grove Press. 2006. Volume 19. vol. 1984. Harwood Academic Publishers GmbH. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press. “The Mystical Element in Judaism. Hall. vol. Heterodoxy and Religious Culture: Judaism and Christianity in the Early Modern Period. 2005.20103 This excellent introduction to the Zohar is the companion to the (proposed) 12-volume translation by Daniel C. edited by Lawrence Fine. Special Issue: THE JEWISH ANTHOLOGICAL IMAGINATION. dissertation. [= Ve-nahar yotzei me-‘Eden] translated from the Hebrew by Nathan Wolski. II. Ellen. January 1999. edited by Paul Szarmach. [= Mavo la-Kabbalah] translated by Ruth Bar-Ilan & Ora Wiskind-Elper. A River Flows from Eden: The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press. VOLUME 1. Chicago: University of Chicago. Hellner-Eshed. An Introduction to the Kabbalah. “Admiration and Disgust: The Ambivalent Re-Canonization of thre Zohar in the Modern Period.D. ZOHAR. Publication no.D. __________. Moshe.” in An Introduction to the Medieval Mystics of Europe. _____________. This superb piece is also in Essential Papers on Kabbalah. METAPHOR AND SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION: THE IMAGE OF GOD AS SUCKLING MOTHER IN THIRTEENTH CENTURY KABBALAH. Volume 2 (of 4). Sacred and Holy Text: Changing Perspectives of the Book of Splendor between the Thirteenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Heschel. AIMLESS PILGRIMAGE: THE QUOTIDIAN UTOPIA dissertation. dissertation. ed. _____________. Hecker. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.” in Orim: A Jewish Journal at Yale. “The Anthological Interpretation: The Emergence of Anthologies of Zohar Commentaries in the Seventeenth Century. 2003. Ph.” in Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History. edited by Chanita Goodblatt and Howard Kreisel [THE GOLDSTEIN-GOREN LIBRARY OF JEWISH THOUGHT.
Elijah’s Mystical Prayer (Tikkunei Zohar 12b-ff). 2002. Ronald C. 2005: Chapter 2. ___________. Meditation and Kabbalah. 1-42). 2009.” ___________. Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism [THE KOGOD LIBRARY OF JUDAIC STUDIES 5]. New Haven: Yale University. THE BOOK OF THE ZOHAR. 2007: Chapter 4. Los Angeles: Cherub Press. Jewish Ethics. ___________. Hollywood: Kabbalah Culture Society of America. 1987. David ben Yehuda he-Hasid’s Theosophy of Ten Supernal Sahsahot and Its Reverberations. New Haven – London: Yale University Press. New York: Behrman House. Admonition and apologetic burden this introduction to the Zohar and Kabbalah by a follower of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag. New York: Schocken Books.” in Mysticism and Sacred Scripture. ______________. 147-54) Keiner. Lines. “The Image of Man Above the Sefirot: R. Ch. “The Status of Astrology in Jewish Mysticism: From Sefer Yesira to the Zohar. § 4. “The Zohar” (pp. Inc. 6 (3-4) (English section.. Jewish Mystical Testimonies. 1998: Chapter Three. Rabbi Levi I.” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. 1969: Ch. rpt. The paradoxes are those “the Zohar maintains regarding the being of the world and the human self. and pp. Koren.” and “Sexual Polarization as a Zoharic Exegetical Device. Ch.20103 Idel.” ___________. There are countless references to the Zohar in this work. Louis. 1982. 20.” (from the ABSTRACT. PhD dissertation. 101-2 “Infinities of the Zohar” and the segment which follows. New Haven: Yale University Press. edited by Daniel Abrams. “THE WOMAN FROM WHOM GOD WANDERS”: THE MENSTRUANT JEWISH MYSTICISM. “The Zohar as Exegesis. Budapest – New York: Central European University Press.” “Massive Remytholization of the Biblical Text in the Zohar. 1939. 43-65). 1988. 1970). (ca. Moshe. 2000. § 5. vol. and Ladders. TWO FACES/HEADS ON HIGH IN ZOHARIC THEOSOPHY AND EARLIER SOURCES. n. pp. “The Image of Islam in the Zohar. The Soul of the Torah (Z3 152a) _____________. pp. The Omnipotent Light Revealed: Wisdom of the Kabbalah. THE LATER FORMS OF THE ZOHARIC LITERATURE: TIQQUNEI ZOHAR AND RA‘YA’ MEHEIMNA’. see in particular pp.” in Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought. Jacobs. New Haven: Yale University Press. Oxford – New York: Oxford University Press. § 9. “Concepts of Messiah in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries: Theosophical Forms of Kabbalah. v) “Becoming one with God is a central aspect of the dialectical worldview of . Messianic Mystics. Ascensions on High in Jewish Mysticism: Pillars. Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation. 1999. “The Zohar and the Luminous Pillar” and “The Human Righteous as a Pillar in the Zohar. 8. § 6. Jerusalem: Hebrew University. vol. edited by Joseph Dan. Aryeh. 8 (English section. vol. ENOCH AS THE SON OF ADAM IN THE ZOHAR.. 2004. 2]. Inc. PARADOX AND MYSTICAL UNION IN THE ZOHAR. Hartley. New York: New York University. vol. Kabbalah: New Perspectives. “The Hidden Layer of Torah as a Maiden. Sharon Faye. IN MEDIEVAL Krakovsky. Jerusalem: Hebrew University.” in Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought. p.” ___________. 28-34 contains translated excerpts) “Publication of the Zohar” (pp. ___________. 1989. edited by Joseph Dan. 102a) Kaplan. The Zohar on the High Priest’s Ecstasy (Z3 67a. Philosophy and Mysticism [CHAIN OF TRADITION SERIES. Brooklyn: Yesod Publishers. Katz. §§ 6 and 7. York Beach: Samuel Weiser. 304-11. PhD dissertation.d. 21. edited by Steven T. … [T]he Zohar presents a picture of reality in which the cosmos and the human self are both one with and other than God simultaneously. Lachter. 20. 1976. London – New York: Shalom Hartman Institute/Continuum.
_____________. SEFER MAR’OT HA-ZOVE’OT by Rabbi David ben Yehudah he-Hasid: Text and Study . Numerology and Tarot. tom. Albany: State University of New York Press.” Laitman. p. 1973. in that the unification of the self with God is also a unification of the cosmos and the divine self with transcendence in a way that is both annihilative. The book also contains the first part of The Book of Zohar—Hakdamat Sefer Sefer HaZohar (Introduction of The Book of Zohar). 2009. 270) Laitman. 1993. 2005. and my own explanations. 1993. His renderings represent the first lengthy translations of the Zohar. MYSTICISM. Mathers translated these texts from the Latin of Knorr von Rosenroth (Kabbala Denudata. Includes a handful of Zohar passages. Yehuda. 1887. The Book of Mirrors [BROWN JUDAIC STUDIES. this is not a clear presentation of these subtle. Originally published 1894. 1992. [PROCEEDINGS OF THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL ONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY OF JEWISH MYSTICISM]. Levi includes a compacted paraphrase of Idra Rabba (though Levi refers to it as “The Idra Suta”) which can be compared with Mathers’ rendition: the divisions and subheadings correspond. Through them we see how a contemporary Kabbalist read and understood (sometimes misunderstood) the seminal Work of Kabbalah” (HUCA 51. reprinted New York: Samuel Weiser. and reprinted frequently since. 1995. reprinted New York: Samuel Weiser. yet renewing and sustaining. Number 30] Chico: Scholars Press. Moreover. 129). 2. and d on the chart) in English. Daniel C. important texts. London: Watkins. Annotations to the Ashlag Commentary. and Idra Zutta (b. Albany: State University of New York. Notes and glosses included by Rosenroth are incorporated into Mathers’ translation. Ironically. 1982. RELIGION. The Scholars Press edition of Book of Mirrors is a slightly revised version of Matt’s Ph. The most recent example: The Kabbalah: The Essential Texts from the Zohar. 1993. David ben Yehuda he-Hasid. London: George Redway. “This book offers a semantic translation of The Zohar itself. edited by Lawrence Fine.” Mathers. along with Mathers’ own additions and notes. Rabbi Michael. Sulzbach: 1677-84). much of which is quite off the mark. Levi.20103 the Zohar in a way that does not resolve the tension of these paradoxes. AND RELIGION]. II. Mohr [Paul Siebeck]. The Zohar. The Book of Splendours: The Inner Mysteries of Qabalism. C.” in Essential Papers on Kabbalah. mystical annihilation itself is paradoxical. with a foreword by Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi (SACRED TEXTS). New York: NYU Press. Idra Rabba.” in Studies in Jewish Myth and Jewish Messianism. § 3. The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism. 1. [SUNY SERIES IN JUDAICA: HERMENEUTICS. Matt.” in Gershom Scholem’s MAJOR TRENDS IN JEWISH MYSTICISM 50 Years After. S. L. Shekhinah/Spirit: Divine Presence in Jewish and Christian Religion [A Stimulus Book: STUDIES IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY] New York – Mahwah: Paulist Press. The Kabbalah Unveiled.” —The Zohar.” (p. AND RELIGION].D dissertation. See above: “Ashlag. _____________. “An important feature of The Book of Mirrors is the large number of passages from the Zohar which Rabbi David translates into Hebrew from the original pseudo-Aramaic. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco (a division of HarperCollins. [SUNY SERIES IN JUDAICA: HERMENEUTICS. “The Zohar Encountering Evil. AND Lodahl. Sefer Mar’ot ha-Zove’ot (in Hebrew): R. c. M. Rav Michael. “Myth vs Symbol in the Zohar and in Lurianic Kabbalah. Its Relationship to Freemasonry. “`New-Ancient Words’: The Aura of Secrecy in the Zohar. New York) 1994. indicating that Levi’s source was also Knorr von Rosenroth’s Kabbala Denudata. Contains Sifre deTzeniuta. edited by Peter Schäfer and Joseph Dan. Michael E. 1968. Liebes. _____________. Toronto – Brooklyn: Laitman Kabbalah Publishers. nearly all from Matt’s Zohar. page 18.a. it is the only version which has been reprinted—several times at that. The Messiah of the Zohar How the Zohar Was Written Christian Influences on the Zohar MYSTICISM. Tübingen: J. With all of this extra material. Studies in the Zohar. _____________. See especially PART II. B. Rabbi Ashlag’s The Sulam commentary. “The Kabbalistic Myth as Told by Orpheus. 3. Eliphas.
html Moses de Leon. Meroz. 149). New York). The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. in Louis Jacobs’ Jewish Ethics. Matt. in Scholem’s reader (1949). 1983. Haqdamat Sefer ha-Zohar. in SSL. Parashat Bo. Parashat va-Yishlah.fiu. May 2007) Miller. 143-52.” in The Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry. Also in Matt’s Zohar. _____________. 2000. Parashat Mishpatim (Sava de-Mishpatim) plus commentary. Parashat Shemot. in SSL (1931-4) vol.” in Mysticism and Language. 1992. in Raphael Ben Zion’s Way of the Faithful (1945). in R. .” in Hispania Judaica Bulletin 3. Introduction by Arthur Green. Ronit. Woodstock [VT]: Skylight Paths Publishing. 1976: Part Six. Parashat Mi-Qets. Morristown: Fiftieth Gate Publications and Seminars.il/Publications/hispaniaju/hispjudbul3-prel. Parashat Terumah plus commentary. edited by Zion Zohar. Acknowledgements.ac. “Jacob’s Journey. Parashat Va-Yetse. 1-2: RABBINIC FANTASY.20103 (Waltham: Brandeis University. Meltzer.tripod. —2007 —2009 McGinn. 2000. Parashat Va-Era. Parashat Hayyei Sarah. the correct number for the section given is Z2 42a-43b. edited by Steven T. Ramsey: Paulist Press. 2004. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. the Zohar segment there called “Hechaloth” was mistakenly numbered Z1 42b-43a. 130-7. Parashat Va-Yhi. vol. Volume 1. [SKYLIGHT ILLUMINATIONS Series]. Stanford: Stanford University Press.com/kabbalah/id2.proquest. is rightly referred to as Raya Mehemna. Translations of “Petach Eliyahu. pp.edu/journal/. Yehuda Ashlag’s Entrance to the Zohar (1974). “The Language of Love in Christian and Jewish Mysticism. Moshe. this collection was reprinted in the early ‘seventies by Yesod under the title Anthology of Jewish Mysticism (reprinted again in 1981 by Judaica Press.” translated and annotated by Daniel Matt in Fiction. Parashet Yitro VOLUME V: Diagram of the Ten Sefirot. Parashat Va-Yiggash. the so-called “Hechaloth” (hekhalot) section had already appeared in English several times: a. 3. Foreword by Margot Pritzker. Katz. Preface by Daniel Matt. Preface by Daniel Matt. though this rendering appears to be paraphrased. 5-7. 77-81. In The Secret Garden (p. Issue 1 (February 2007). However. 75-9. c. New York: The City College of New York / CUNY. had also previously appeared in English: a. vol.huji. Parashat Noah. in a section which. Parashat Va-Yera. pp. website: http://kabbalah_1. pp. “Middle Eastern Origins of Kabbalah. Bernard. Philosophy and Mysticism (1959) Chapter 20. Parashat Lekh Lekha.” a hymn from Tikkunei Zohar. nos. New York: The Seabury Press. • • • • • VOLUME I: Diagram of the Ten Sefirot. Parashat Be-Reshit. “Zoharic Narratives and Their Adaptations. 1983. Parashat Toledot. 7. Parashat Va-Yeshev. b. Hechaloth. PRITZKER EDITION. edited by Yorn Assis and Raquel Ibanez-Sperber. Parashat Be-Shallah. Zohar: Selections Translated and Annotated by Moshe Miller. pp. pp. David (ed). which. _____________. [THE CLASSICS OF WESTERN SPIRITUALITY]. available from UMI at www. which is. The Secret Garden: An Anthology in the Kabbalah. VOLUME IV: Diagram of the Ten Sefirot. —2006. Translator’s Introduction by Daniel C. VOLUME II: Diagram of the Ten Sefirot. Zohar: Annotated & Explained. Petach Eliyahu. 2002. on-line at http://sephardic. would set this passage into the first of the Hekhalot sections. part of Raya Mehemna.il. Sifre di-Tsniuta. The Zohar. VOLUME III: Diagram of the Ten Sefirot. in fact. Preface by Daniel Matt. Zohar—The Book of Enlightenment. online at http://jewish. __________. 51 (Cincinnati: 1980) _____________. if correct.pdf (off-line.com—easier to obtain than the book. 1978). Though the editor claimed that neither of these items from the Zohar had been previously translated. b. A revision of Matt’s English introduction appears as “David ben Yehuda Hehasid and His Book of Mirrors” in Hebrew Union College Annual.
1994. Betty. 2. Zohar excerpts in Chapters 3. 18. BerkeleyLos Angeles-London: University of California Press. reprinted San Diego: Wizards Bookshelf. 1979). Z2 23a. Oliver Shaw. Raphael. Jewish Views of the Afterlife. 1994: Ch. Rosenberg. Neubauer. “New Translations of the Kabbalah. W. Ch. see especially those listed on the divisions chart: P(M). including sections omitted by SSL (e. _____________. 174-80. along with excerpts from de Leon’s Sefer Sheqel haQodesh. The Philosophical Writings of…Ibn Gebirol…and Their Connection with the Hebrew Qabbalah and Sepher ha-Zohar…Philadelphia: privately printed. The Letters Translated Ch. 1988. 1888. 84-119.. Rittangel.” Excerpts of the Zohar. “The Bahir and the Zohar. “The Kabbalistic Tetrad”. Originally published in serial form in The Word (monthly). 1978 and 1980 [as part of THE SECRET DOCTRINE REFERENCE SERIES]. New York: Harmony Books. Rosenberg’s is one of the better translations of Sifre deTzeniuta and the Idrot (b. London: Edinburgh University Publications. Ch. see especially those listed on the divisions chart: P(G) _____________. Bereshith-Genesis. 1 (Sacrimento: California State University.20103 Muller. New York: Ktav Publishing House. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Zohar. “Kabbala. and e on the divisions chart. 1956. 2000. vol. 9]. 1979. Neubauer disputes the antiquity of both texts.” primarily Zohar (along with passages from Midrash Rabba. vol. Dreams of Being Eaten Alive: The Literary Core of the Kabbalah. Z2 23b-24b. Patai. VI. Myer. He includes translations from Meir ben Simeon of Narbonne (1245) on the Book Bahir and from Isaac of Acco’s letter on the Zohar. New York: Theosophical Publishing Company. Jewish Religious Polemic. 1998: “Conclusion” (pp. New York: Avon Books. gathered according to theme. New York: Yesod Publishers. Qabbalah. 4 (1892). and throughout there are explanatory notes drawn from her works. .d. An Essay on Jewish Hermeneutics. Sefer ha-Bahir. c. from Midrash to Kabbalah. Rankin. reprinted New York: Discus/Avon. Kabbalah and Alchemy. Nurho de Manhar was William Williams. no. 1900-14. 19. 160-6) Translated passages: Z1 249b-50a. Ch. and Sefer Yetzirah). The Messiah Texts. Z2 73a-b. 5. Simcha Paull. VI. Northvale – London: Jason Aronson. 1973. VII. 149-163) Rosenberg. and Appendix A. The Jewish Alchemists: A History and Source Book. 4. translated by Maurice Simon. 1974. The Hebrew Goddess. Introduction to the Letter of Rittangel and the Jew of Amsterdam Ch. “Delineating the Tradition: Merkabah and Zoharic Mysticism. David. Rosenberg is keyed as RR). A. reprinted San Diego: Wizards Bookshelf. Gates to the Old City: A Book of Jewish Legends. This version is a “non-literal” translation rendered in the light of Mme. an early member of the Golden Dawn. 1978: Ch. New York: Avon Books. Zohar excerpts throughout. Ch. Percival.. Nurho offers the first three portions of the running commentary (Z1 1a-96b). Leonard. Black Fire on White Fire.g. Inc. translated excerpts: pp. New York: Ktav Publishing House. Ernst. 8. the first scheme of the hekhalot. Orr. Blavatsky’s teachings. 20. “The Goddess of the Kabbala” _____________. [LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE No. Roy A. The Anatomy of God. edited by H. Isaac. 12. The Mystic – the Zoharic Passage in the Letters Raphael. History of Jewish Mysticism. VIII. original series. § “Moses de Leon” (pp. Nurho de Manhar. V.” in Studia Mystica. 1967. Oxford: East and West Library. 1980. reprinted New York: Samuel Weiser. d. reprinted.: The Zohar–study: pp. The Afterlife Journey of the Soul in Kabbalah Rojtman. n. 1946.” in Jewish Quarterly Review.
1975: Appendix 2. New York: Schocken Books. This theory is exhaustively developed in The Manna Machine (London: Sidgwick and Jackson. reprinted 1963 and subsequently. 1941. David. The Book and Its Author Sixth Lecture. Fragments of a Future Scroll: Hassidism for the Aquarian Age. 1978. 22. One of the better popular books of (Zoharic) Kabbalah. Dagobart D. Schneider. 23. 24.” in Diogenes. reprinted Secaucus: University Books. Wisdom of the Kabbalah. “The Exegetical Craft of the Zohar: Toward an Appreciation. Eliezer. In spite of this far-flung interpretation. 1971. 1949. 17. Zohar – The Book of Splendor. 2001 Scholem. “Colours and Their Symbolism in Jewish Tradition and Mysticism. Sassoon. Schwartz.) Schaya. Kabbalah.Oxford: Oxford University Press. Sassoon and Dale see in these texts a technical manual for a “manna machine. 1974. “Constriction Precedes Expanse: The Woodgatherer Was Tslafchad – R. Cambridge: Association for Jewish Studies. [articles collected from Encyclopedia Judaica]. The Kabbalah Decoded: Mysteries of the Zohar. Sarah. _______________.” They theorize that this manna machine was brought down by a being from outer space. Spring Valley: Orot. Paris: Editions Buchet/Chastel. 2003. 28.. New York . in which they “lay bare the description [of the Ancient of Days of the Zohar] in all its anthropomorphic detail. London: Duckworth. though with a unique purpose. 1958. vol. 1978. The Zohar 1. 1987: See especially pp. The Theosophic Doctrine of the Zohar _______________. who set it up to help the Jews. Basic Readings from the Kabbalah. Jerusalem: Schocken Publishing House.” thus offering a “nonmystical” explanation of how the Jews were fed in the wilderness.” in AJS Review. matching it piece by piece to similar machines made today for oxygen regeneration and food production in closed environments. 57-61 and 213-43. 1992. The Kabbalah Decoded offers a clear. 1993.1. French original: L’Homme et l’Absolu selon la Kabbale. The text portion of Mathers’ Kabbalah Unveiled. Zalman. Segal. London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd. The Decree The Curtain of Fire A Saint from the Other World The Golden Scepter The Book of Adam The Celestial Academy The Book of Flying Letters (ZH 26b) (Z2 14a-15a) (Z1 5a-7b) (Z2 13a-b. and New York: Dorset Press. Rodney. no. and Dale. Schachter. Z1 1721-b) (Z1 117b-118a) (Z1 4a-b) (Z1 216b-217a) Sears. 1979-80. 1972. 108 (Part I) and 109 (Part II). Leo. Petach Eliyahu from Tikuney Zohar (The same translation appears in Meltzer’s Secret Garden. 25. Yehuda Ashlag’s Commentary on Zohar 3:157a. English translation. 26. The Vision of Eden: Animal Welfare and Vegetarianism in Jewish Law and Mysticism. New York: Philosophical Library. Jerusalem – New York: Keter Publishing House and Times Books. Kabbalah Decoded gives yet another translation of Sifre deTzeniuta and the Idrot (b-e on the chart). Germantown: Leaves of Grass. Inc. 1957. Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. reprinted frequently: New York: Schocken Books. Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales. Howard. Gershom. with many interesting notes on the peculiar language of the Zohar. nos. 1978) by the same authors. reprinted New York: Meridian. Northvale – Jerusalem: Jason Aronson Inc. _______________. .” in Kabbalistic Writings on the Nature of Masculine and Feminine. Firenze: Casalini Libri.20103 Runes. Correa.. The Universal Meaning of the Kabbalah. “literal” translation of the texts from the original Aramaic. 29. George. The Zohar 2. Fifth Lecture.
Glatzer on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday by His Students. 1975). in which the tselem within the human is comprised of the image of all beings and levels of creation. E. 1984. New York: Colonial Press. The Great Jewish Books and Their Influences on History./comm. • I27: Garstin. The text is from SSL. Maurice. “Love in the After-life: A Selection from the Zohar” (Z3 167a-168a) Teicher. 5606 / August 23.” lists a total of eighteen primary and thirteen secondary sources. 1998: Chapter 11. “The Shekhinah: Foundation for Feminist Symbol? Relationship to the Mystic in Zoharic Theosophy.” in ’Iggrot ha’Ari—The Lion’s Letters [COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY STUDENT JOURNAL OF JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP]. 1972. —DK) • I29: Stern. and Mirsky. Sheila A. • I31: Wijnhoven. Langford. Jochanan H. Maurice. B. • I28: Levertoff. 71-87.20103 Seidenberg. The Zohar. Volume 1.M. 286-302.” Open Court 24 (1910). Paul P. eds. 1901. Ben. Epiphanius Wilson.] London: Soncino Press. 2002. The Alphabet of Creation: An Ancient Legend from the Zohar. Intro. Andrea. “Some Aspects of Jewish Mysticism. (Excerpts from Levertoff’s portions of SSL. “Chapters on Kabbalah will [cover] some of the analogues for tselem that are used in Zoharic literature to extend the divine image to aspects of the created world. CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: GOD’S IMAGE IN THE MORE-THAN HUMAN WORLD. PART ONE: REINCARNATION / RESURRECTION / REDEMPTION. Brill. “The Zohar. the Kabbalah Unveiled portion is. Moses. [YALE JUDAICA SERIES: Volume 29] New Haven – London: Yale University Press.. as Developed in the Zohar. Theoph.” Journal of Jewish Studies 6 (1955). The midrashic notion that the human unites heaven and earth through being in the tselem of the ‘upper ones’ or heavens will be compared with the ideas that evolved in Kabbalah. some of which I have not seen.” Search Quarterly 3 (1933). New York. 1906). the whole production has always struck me as rather cutesy. Jerusalem: 2004. Of these. 1965. “Mystic Drama of Jerusalem: From the Zohar. Mark J. indeed.” Bibliotheca Sacra and American Biblical Repository 9 (1852). Samuel. Bernard. 365-66. Stern.” Israel’s Messenger (Shanghai) 3. (translates ZIII 9-10) • I21: Gaster. Issue 1 (Spring 1997/5757). New York: Schocken Books. E. Washington Square Press. Selections from Scholem’s Zohar: Book of Splendor (THE BEGINNING and THE TEN SEFIROT) prefaced by the editor’s commentary (pp. 1990. Inc. Flohr (Leiden. especially in Yosef Ashkenazi and Isaiah Horowitz. and Harold U. ed. S. from Mathers) • I8: Caplan. N. or Philosophical Society of Great Britain 65 (1933). Secondary Sources: • I19: Rubinsohn. Comprising Talmudic Treatises.) Zohar: Sabba d’Mishpatim – The Old Man in the Sea. “The Zohar and the Proselyte” in Texts and Responses: Studies Presented to Nahum N. 81-93). “The Doctrine of ‘The Son’ in the Zohar. • I10: Shahn. New York: Horizon Press. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society.” Commentary 21 (1956). 73-86. • I20: Fluegel. . Simon. student edition by Rebecca Bennet. § I of Jewish Mysticism. ed.10 (Ellul 3rd. 1931-4. Nahum N. [5 vols. David Ross Mevorach. Spector includes Primary Sources: • I3: Hebrew Literature. 1954. I have seen this. Ribalow. rpt. (anthology. (rpt. Sperling. • I14: Horowitz. Paul. • I22: Pick. Harry. 233-43. Fishbane and Paul R. reprinted frequently by Soncino Press (New York). Jewish Mysticism: An Annotated Bibliography on the Kabbalah in English. “Rationalism and Kabbalists in Medieval Allegory. A. edited by Michael A. “The System of the Jewish Cabbalah. 1963. PhD dissertation. Hebrew Melodies and the Kabbalah Unveiled. “Deep” EcoTheology Drawn from Midrashic and Kabbalistic Sources. A Freak’s Anthology: Being Golden Hits from Buddha to Kubrick. 77-84. Spector. Copernicus and Modern Astronomy. New York – London: Garland Publishing Group. J. Shabtai (trans.” (from the ABSTRACT) Siegel..” Menorah 29 (1900). Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature. [rpt] New York. and Levertoff. “The Origin and Antiquity of the Zohar. 1982. ed. J. Michael. 563-81. Edited with Countercultural Commentary. David. “Philosophy and Qabbala: The Zohar. Ezra. “The Zohar and Its Influence on the Cabala. Los Angeles: Sherbourne Press. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America. With drawings by Ben Shahn.—DK) • I11: Glatzer. 1952.” Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute.
. 1988. 1987. See especially “Book IV” and “Book V. Elliot R. Lawrence Fine. “Philo and the Zohar. Wald.” parts 1 and 2. Translated excerpts. vol. Arthur E. Translation of the first half of Sithre Othioth. [NOTE: Items by Elliot R. vol. 1959 and 1960. Knowledge. 1961.” in Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought. edited by Michael Fishbane. in Journal of Jewish Studies. University of Chicago. Thought and History. Berkeley – Los Angeles – London: University of California Press. Number 149]. 1995). 1989.” in (idem) Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue.” in The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. and Textual Interpretation. 2006. Tau: Kabbalistic Musings on Time. This piece appears in revised form as Chapter 11 of Verman’s History and Varieties of Jewish Meditation (Northvale: Jason Aronson Inc. 1902. volume 2: Studies in Jewish Thought.] Wolfson. does not include the lovely paper-cuts: Princeton: Princeton University Press. London: Williams and Norgate. “Mythological versus Systematic Trends in Kabbalah. Two extracts from the study portions of Wisdom are reprinted in Essential Papers on Kabbalah (ed. p on the divisions chart. Ltd.20103 Tirosh-Samuelson. 8 (English section).” Verman. Winston. The Holy Kabbalah. 1989. “Circumcision. “In this chapter. Alef. J. English translation by David Goldstein. 1949. Jerusalem: Hebrew University. An inexpensive (alas cheap) paper edition of this book has been published which. Number 29]. (Harwood Academic Publishers GmbH. Mark.” The Holy Kabbalah incorporates The Doctrine and Literature of the Kabbalah. and Death. Tishby. Jerry. Werblowsky. vols. The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Fischel. . 1929.” in Binah. 3 volumes [THE LITTMAN LIBRARY OF JEWISH CIVILIZATION] Hebrew original: Mishnat ha-Zohar. Atlanta: Scholars Press. 1996). New York: NYU Press. “Beautiful Maiden without Eyes: Peshat and Sod in Zoharic Hermeneutics. 1989. Vision of God. Waite. edited by Joseph Dan. 27. “The Development of Yihudim in Spanish Kabbalah. Hava. 1998—MYTHOS Series. with Lachower. to the philosophers’ approach to the religious life. 1. 1913. 1995): “The Doctrine of Man in the Zohar. Wald is keyed SGW. Stephen G. Wolfson marked with an asterisk (*) appear in Luminal Darkness—listed below. 1997. 6. Isaiah. “The Kabbalistic Prescription for Happiness. Albany: State University of New York Press. *_____________. New York – Westport: Praeger Publishers. The Wisdom of the Zohar: An Anthology of Texts. San Francisco: Barah Publishing. London: Theosophical Publication Co. The Doctrine of the Divine Name: An Introduction to Classical Kabbalistic Theology. in turn. London: Wm Rider and Son. Oxford: Oxford University Press for The Littmann Library.” in History of Religions. Truth. vol.” (page 291) Tishby. Colors from the Zohar. I present the Zohar as an alternative to the philosophic conception of happiness and. also in Wolfson’s Circle in the Square (Albany: State University of New York Press.” and “Prayer and Devotion in the Zohar. 1976. “Coronation of the Sabbath Bride: Kabbalistic Myth and the Ritual of Androgynation. Isaiah.” in The Midrashic Imagination: Jewish Exegesis. edited by Joseph Dan. 2003. Wineman. Mem. R. reprinted New Hyde Park: University Books. 1997). Aryeh. * ____________. and Well-Being [MONOGRAPHS OF THE HEBREW UNION COLLEGE. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press. ______________. unfortunately. The Gaon of Vilna (Elijah ben Solomon Zalman: 1720-97) is “cited to illustrate the linguistic process of God’s selfdisclosure” through his comments on Sefer Yezirah and the Zohar. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society. Mystic Tales from the Zohar. 2. with Papercut Art by Diane Palley. vol. 10 and 11. 1960. The Secret Doctrine in Israel: The Study of the Zohar and Its Connections. 1993. [Brown Judaic Studies.
“The Hermeneutics of Visionary Experience: Revelation and Interpretation in the Zohar.” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. “Occultation of the Feminine and the Body of Secrecy in Medieval Kabbalah. ______________. 1.” in Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism [ARIES BOOK SERIES. no. B. Oxford: Oneworld Publications. which is a greatly revised and enhanced version of the original article. vol.) A chapter (CHAPTER 7) bearing the same title appears in Wolfson’s Through a Speculum That Shines (Princeton: Princeton University Press. Abrams (Los Angeles: Cherub Press.” in Gershom Scholem’s MAJOR TRENDS IN JEWISH MYSTICISM 50 Years After [PROCEEDINGS OF THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY OF JEWISH MYSTICISM]. Forgetfulness. ______________. Hanegraaff and Jeffrey J. Luminal Darkness: Imaginal Gleanings from Zoharic Literature. edited by Mosheh Hallimish. “From Sealed Book to Open Text: Time.” in AJS Review.” in Religion 18 (1988. edited by Steven Kepnes (New York University Press. edited by Wouter J. “Left Contained in Right: A Study in Zoharic Hermeneutics. edited by Peter Schäfer and Joseph Dan. edited by Laurence J. Hanover – London: Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England. 2005. Mohr [Paul Siebeck]. 2009).” in Interpreting Judaism in a Post-modern Age. . “Re/membering the Covenant: Memory. Alexandre Safran. edited by Elliot R. edited by D. and Narrativity in Kabbalistic Hermeneutics. “The Anonymous Chapters of the Elderly Master of Secrets—New Evidence for the the Early Activity of the Zoharic Circle. 1992.” in ‘Alei Shefer: Studies in the Literature of Jewish Thought Presented to Rabbi Dr. 1999. “Murmuring Secrets: Eroticism and Esotericism in Medieval Kabbalah. 2007. 1994). “Fore/giveness on the Way: Nesting in the Womb of Response. 7]. 1996). *_____________. edited by Robert Chazan. LLC. no. “Woman—The Feminine as Other in Theosophic Kabbalah. and the Sacred 4 (Madison: School of Law. _____________. vol. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Wolfson.” in Jewish History and Jewish Memory: Essays in Honor of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi [TAUBER INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF EUROPEAN JEWRY SERIES. _____________.” in The Other in Jewish Thought and History: Constructions of Jewish Culture and Identity. *_____________. Cambridge: Association for Jewish Studies. Eros. “Light through Darkness: The Ideal of Human Perfection in the Zohar. _____________. 19. Kripal (Leiden – Boston: Brill. Language.) ______________. C. XI. Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press. ______________. _____________. 2008) *_____________. 29]. 1993. New York: Fordham University Press. New York: Seven Bridges Press. Cohn (New York University Press. *_____________. Silberstein and Robert L. 1994). 81. “Letter Symbolism and Merkavah Imagery in the Zohar. University of Wisconsin. vol. 1998. Law. Venturing Beyond: Law & Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism.” in Rending the Veil: Concealment and Secrecy in the History of Religions [NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS]. Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination. and the Construction of History in the Zohar. 1. ______________. Tübingen: J.” in Graven Images: Studies in Culture. vol. 2006.” in Harvard Theological Review. “Forms of Visionary Experience in the Zoharic Literature. Memory. (1988.20103 *_____________. 1998) *_____________. 1986.
16. 1971. Inc. Volume 3. 2 – C . The link to Ziegler’s own website no longer works.d. “The Secret of Yiddish – Zoharic Composition in the Poetry of Aaron Zeitlin. Spring 2008). Work of the Chariot. and Carmeli..” (pages 83-4) Contains “Hechaloth” (incorrectly numbered Z1 42b-43a) and “Petach Eliyahu” from Tikkunei Zohar – the same pieces as in Meltzer’s Secret Garden. Mathers’ translation of Idra Zutta is introduced by Zahavy’s ten-page essay.” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. [ii] Idra Rabba. 1971. Wolski.p.20103 Wolski. Arsmaic Text and English Translation. but also merit to participate in a most dynamic and animated fashion in their celestial existence. 2007). “In a particularly beautiful Zoharic composition known as Rav Metivta. ________________. vol.. Volume 28. Hollywood: Work of the Chariot. 1977. 2 – C [iii] Lesser Holy Assembly (= Idra Zutta) n. Chapter Three: “The Zohar. PROLOGUE TO A BEGINNING (1996). IDRA ZUTA KADISHA: The Lesser Holy Assembly. the Companions of the Zohar ascend to the celestial academies of the members of this generation where they not only learn of their blessed fate.” in Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. 2. 2009). 1973: BOOK ONE.d. 2010. edited by D. IN A BEGINNING (1998). Nathan. ____________. Sifra Detzniutha: Zohar – Torah. 2001).” “Practices. Jerry L. These articles also appear in a book advertised at the site: Qabalah: The Mystical Heritage of the Children of Abraham. n. Elqayam (Los Angeles: Cherub Press. 1. Ancient Wisdom of the Zohar: Volume 1. A History of Jewish Literature.” . ____________.” Ziegler.workofthechariot. vol. Stamford: Next Millennium Publishers. edited by Daniel Abrams (Los Angeles: Cherub Press. Abrams and A. “Some Basic Elements of Kabbalah Study. Zev. “Those Who Know Have Wings: Celestial Journeys with the Masters of the Academy. Zahavy. Number 2 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Ziegler describes the rites of Passover. Merav.” “Core Teachings.htm. Albany: State University of New York Press. New York: Sage Books. Hollywood: Work of the Chariot. [WC #0] Introduction. [WC #2] Work of the Chariot has a website (www. Sabbatical and Jubilees “in terms of the electrical effects that caused a divine light to shine on the devotees. A Journey into the Zohar.” “Sources. translated from the Yiddish by Bernard Martin.knowledge. 3. Time and Exegesis in the Zohar. Zinberg.co.” Ziegler draws on the Zohar to “rediscover the ancient wisdom of the Bible. the Master of the Academy. Israel.” and a glossary.uk/xxx/cat/ziegler/index. Nathan. 2 – B . Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America.” For descriptions of Ziegler’s books. refer to the Knowledge Computing / Stop Press website: www. THE FLOOD (1999). Volume 2. 2nd edition. Volume III: THE STRUGGLE OF MYSTICISM AND TRADITION AGAINST PHILOSOPHICAL RATIONALISM.com) where one can find all of the translations listed along with articles on the “Mystical Qabalah” covering “Background. “Mystical Poetics: Narrative. by Daniel Hale Feldman (Work of the Chariot. n. Hollywood: Work of the Chariot. 20.” in Prooftexts.
Luminal Darkness. Mystical Meals. ** Including the introductory companion. For the committed reader. The Zohar – PRITZKER edition** Anatomy of God. [DM] Wolski Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. (Refer to the bibliography for details on the following titles. so it must not be thought of as an adequate list of works on Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism in general. Arthur Green’s Guide to the Zohar. in that order. to the above list add • • • • • • • • • • Giller Hecker Hellner-Eshed Kabbalah Centre Liebes Matt [M] Rosenberg [RR] SSL Tishby [IT] Wolfson The Enlightened Will Shine.) • • • • Scholem Scholem Matt. The Wisdom of the Zohar.† ________________________________ * This title might not bear the critical scrutiny which the others on the list would. A River Flows from Eden. my recommendation is to read Scholem’s Major Trends…. researcher. and Wolfson’s Through a Speculum that Shines. Mystical Bodies. or librarian wishing to acquire a definitive selection (as far as that is possible in English). † To obtain a solid impression of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah. . Zohar – The Book of Splendor.* Studies in the Zohar.20103 4. RECOMMENDATIONS If the reader wishes to get acquainted with the Zohar but is reluctant to spend several hundred dollars in doing so. [22 volumes] [12 volumes projected] [5 volumes] [3 volumes] This list is confined to works on the Zohar. A Journey into the Zohar. The Zohar. The Zohar. Scholem’s Major Trends would be an excellent place to start. Zohar – The Book of Enlightenment. there are some fine sources in paperbound editions. Idel’s Kabbalah: New Perspectives.
20103 5..” originally published in Collected Articles on Kabbalah. edited and compiled by Rabbi Michael Berg (Jerusalem – New York: Yeshivat Kol Yehudah/Kabbalah Centre. for it is the air of the color white which changes itself in water. § 55: “By forty-five colors of light. The PRITZKER EDITION. approximately the first half of the passage above in Lachower and Tishby’s Wisdom of the Zohar (Oxford/New York: Littman Library/Oxford University Press. Beresheet B. 185-192.* (51 b) Note: the beings on high are all of the same illumination. Jr. publiée par les soins de Émile Lafuma-Giraud…Paris: 1906-1911—6 volumes). O MATTER. 42:7]. whereas the beings below are of a different essence. Subsequently. . the light divides into 75 channels directed toward the material world. They (the lower) are to this illumination (the higher) as the candle is to the flame. 1989). 13-16. 2004). The one constituent element with light forms air. being of celestial essence. prepared by Daniel C. These seven different colors are the ones which. Zohar I 51b-52a “Zohar I 51b-52a: an omission from the Simon and Sperling translation of the Zohar. On leaving its source. ________________________________ * This rendition of Z1:51b-52a was completed in the winter of 1978. by Thomas F. Karr. translated from the French of Jean de Pauly (Sepher ha-Zohar [Le livre de la splendeur] doctrine ésotérique des Israélites. upon the striking of their emanations against the gems from seven mines. corrigée et complétée. 220-222. edited by D. Matt: The Zohar (Stanford: Stanford University Press. 658-9. draw forth water. traduit pour la première fois sur le texte chaldaïque et accompagné de notes par Jean de Pauly.” pp. 1. IN ORDER FOR THE LIGHT TO PENETRATE WITHIN YOU. and D. Œuvre posthume entièrement revue. four English translations of this passage have appeared: • • • • Wizards Bookshelf’s edition of Zohar (Bereshith-Genesis): An Expository Translation from the Hebrew by Nurho de Manhar (San Diego: 1978 and 1980). The Zohar by Shimon bar Yochai . 2001). Daubert. the one with shadows forms water. in Volume I. Thus it is written: DEEP CALLS TO DEEP AT THE THUNDER OF THY CATARACTS (channels) [Ps. pp. Upon the light’s entrance into each of these channels a voice thunders which causes the deep to tremble. The voice makes heard these words: DIVIDE YOURSELF. being the first of a proposed series of translations from various sources selected to fill the numerous gaps in SSL. vol. pp. 1985). . etc. Note: all space is divided into 45 parts (of which) each shows a different color. The light and the shadows are the only elements which form air and water. Karr (Ithaca: KoM [# 5]. in Volume 2. pp. pages 286-9. .
20103 Below these channels there are 375 trenches. The seven lights previously discussed fall into this giant sea and then become separated into seven parts. by means of the course of channels mentioned. The one on the right is of the color black and the one on the left is multicolored. Thus. form the branches of the greater one. emanating from the left side. These trenches are divided into 17 classes. it returns near to the first throne to draw for itself new strength. in essence. to defile its holiness. At the two extremities of space are situated two thrones which are in constant communications with the channels and the trenches which go from one to the other. So it is with the blood in the veins of the human body. once frozen. from the throne on the left to the throne on the right. and thus is it written: AND SMITE IT INTO SEVEN CHANNELS [Is. through specific channels. of its branches. The blood ascends to the heart through specific veins and returns through others. each pool into seven rivers. A large fish. of the seven rivers. the light travels. and returns. The result is that the one preceding the water of the giant sea. These seven colors constitute the supreme mystery. each river into seven streams. With all its might it strains to penetrate the sanctuary. another of the color black. from the throne on the right to the throne on the left. Seven other lights are divided into seven seas. Its tongue is tapered like a sword. for each time that the light of a throne has reached the other. 11:15]. to extinguish the lights. of which each presents the shape of a chain-net. . one of which is on the right side and the other on the left. This last is the supreme sea where seven others are concentrated. A flame shoots from its mouth which consumes all that returns along its path. it follows. never again to impose itself on its (the sea’s) branches. runs over all these courses of water. of its seven pools. which together amount to one giant sea. to correspond to the number of seven seas which. Two of these chain-nets have the quality of iron. Such is the vision of this area of space which forms seven different colors. and two others that of copper (or brass). and escape from the waters of the giant sea. which is the giant sea. and the third of the color red. Each of the seven branches subdivides into seven pools. through certain other channels. Each of these thrones forms a sky. (52 a) As the light goes from one throne to the other. of the seven streams. Its scales are as solid as iron. is connected (all with all). of which one part is of the color white.
For not all the animals on earth had been endowed with so much skill at wronging man as has been the serpent— because he constituted the veinstone of gold. Bad luck to him who permits himself to hurry away from the serpent. and that of his successors as soon as that have arrived. The serpent. in effect. Until the day when Israel was placed at the foot of Mount Sinai. The awful serpent wanted to realize his goal: to defile . But there is another serpent which emanated from the right side. and caused death for him and for all the generations which succeeded him. That is why he came to seduce man down here (on earth): in order to intercept the inferior watercourses with the major ones. Both serpents accompany man throughout his life. he understood that causing the water of a stream to be briny would. WAS MORE SUBTLE THAN ANY OTHER WILD CREATURE THAT YHVH ELOHIM HAD MADE. The scriptures said: …MORE SUBTLE THAN ANY OTHER WILD CREATURE THAT YHVH ELOHIM HAD MADE. Recognizing the manner of construction of all the courses of water. He was able to furtively enter the interior of man. for the serpent will cause that person’s demise. He emanated from the left side. reach all the way to the great sea. Adam was unable to avoid the serpent because he wanted to taste all of the pleasures (secrets) of the world below. The serpent had thus brought on the death of the world. As the scriptures said.20103 This mystery is conveyed in the words of the scriptures: NOW THE SERPENT the upper holiness by beginning to contaminate man here in the lower world. interested him. That was when Adam and Eve sinned by attaching themselves to the tree of death. in showing him all of the pleasures of the world. the contamination of the serpent did not vanish from the world.
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