The Zohar: Annotations to the Ashlag Commentary

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"The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to perceive and live in the reality that spreads before us. It is a systematic method that has evolved over thousands of years, nurtured by individuals whose task was to ensure that the true wisdom would be given to those ready to receive it." "The Book of Zohar (The Book of Radiance) is an ageless source of wisdom and the basis for all Kabbalistic literature. Since its appearance nearly 2,000 years ago, it has been the primary, and often only, source used by Kabbalists." "Written in a unique and ...
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Overview

"The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to perceive and live in the reality that spreads before us. It is a systematic method that has evolved over thousands of years, nurtured by individuals whose task was to ensure that the true wisdom would be given to those ready to receive it." "The Book of Zohar (The Book of Radiance) is an ageless source of wisdom and the basis for all Kabbalistic literature. Since its appearance nearly 2,000 years ago, it has been the primary, and often only, source used by Kabbalists." "Written in a unique and metaphorical language. The Book of Zohar enriches our understanding of reality and expands our worldview. However, this text should not be read in an ordinary fashion. We should patiently and repeatedly read and think about each sentence as we try to penetrate the author's feelings. We should read it slowly and try to extract the nuances of the text." Although the text deals with one subject only-how to relate to the Creator-it approaches it from different angles. This allows each of us to find the particular phrase or word that will carry us into the depths of this profound and timeless wisdom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897448090
  • Publisher: Bnei Baruch/Laitman Kabbalah Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/25/2009
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 715,088
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Laitman, PhD, is a professor of Ontology, a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah, and an MSc in medical Bio-cybernetics. He is founder and president of Bnei Baruch and Ashlag Research Institute (ARI), two Israel based international educational organizations with branches all over North America and Canada, Central and South America, as well as Eastern and Western Europe. On his website, kab.info, he teaches free, live daily lessons on Kabbalah and spirituality to an audience of approximately two million people worldwide, simultaneously broadcast and translated into eight languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, French, Turkish, and German. Prof. Laitman also presents regularly on Channel 66, which is distributed by Israel's Satellite TV provider, YES.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 7

About Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai 7

About The Book of Zohar 11

Introduction 15

List of Abbreviations and Explanations 21

An Example of the Original Text of The Zohar 29

The Rose 41

Flower Buds 63

Who Created These 73

Who Created These (by Eliyahu) 91

The Mother Lends Her Clothes to Her Daughter 101

The Letters of Rabbi Hamnuna-Saba 117

Supernal Wisdom 179

The Lock and the Key 181

Avraham 189

The Vision of Rabbi Chiya 193

Who Is Your Partner? 209

The Donkey Driver 223

The Two Points 271

The Night of the Bride 281

Heaven and Earth 315

Among All the Sages of the Nations of the World, There Are None Like You 337

Who Is This? 347

He Who Rejoices on Holidays 355

The Torah and Prayer 365

Rabbi Shimon's Departure from the Cave 375

The First Commandment 379

The Second Commandment 385

The Third Commandment 393

The Fourth Commandment 399

The Fifth Commandment 405

The Sixth Commandment 411

The Seventh Commandment 415

The Eighth Commandment 421

The Ninth Commandment 427

The Tenth Commandment 433

The Eleventh Commandment 445

The Twelfth Commandment 449

The Thirteenth Commandment 451

The Fourteenth Commandment 453

The Intention in the Prayer 465

Raising a Prayer 473

App. 1 Further Reading 507

App. 2 About Bnei Baruch 515

How to Contact Bnei Baruch 519

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    Wisdom of the Ages

    The Zohar is unlike other books. It's meaning cannot be penetrated by merely reading it. And yet it contains all the wisdom and glory of Creation. In our present time we are most fortunate to have Rav Michael Laitman open the mystery of how to use this book. He is doing so with live lessons on the internet. By itself the Zohar is at best a curiosity. But combine this book with a teacher who truly understands it and then the Zohar is Life itself.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    The Zohar is a gift to mankind

    The Zohar is a gift to mankind, and Dr. Laitman has provided access to the wisdom of Kabbalah to all who desire it. He has made understanding the difficult concepts of partzufim, sefirot, receiving and giving, etc. easy to grasp.

    The Zohar is a book to be relished as a precious opening into the spiritual worlds for each of us as we explore the many layers of wisdom and apply them to our lives.

    For anyone seeking an authentic perspective on Kabbalah, Dr. Michael Laitman explains each of the unfamiliar words and expressions that appear in the book. He includes translations of the Aramaic and his own explanations throughout the text. All of which serves to make this ancient text comprehensible to everyone.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    Essential for serious Kabbalah students!

    This book is a must for any serious student of Kabbalah interested in delving into the mysteries of the ancient Kabbalistic volumes of The Book of Zohar. The Book of Zohar was written by Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai in the second century CE. In the 1930s-40s, Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag wrote an extensive commentary on The Book of Zohar called HaSulam (The Ladder) and suddenly the wisdom of Kabbalah contained in The Book of Zohar became more accessible to us.

    Michael Laitman, in The Zohar, has taken the Ashlag commentary and provided us with an in-depth understanding of the first "book" in The Book of Zohar with 'The Introduction of the Book of Zohar.'

    This seminal Kabbalistic text is written in a form of "code" and is difficult to understand without assistance from a Kabbalist. Laitman explains in current English the various terms, names, titles and abbreviations that appear throughout The Book of Zohar. He then provides an English translation for the original Aramaic to each paragraph followed by a blending of Ashlag's commentary on the text and his own detailed explanations before moving on to the next paragraph.

    The Zohar is an incredible gift to humanity at this point in our collective evolution and Laitman has opened the doors wide for us to access the wisdom of Kabbalah. Laitman provides us with clear understandings of concepts occurring throughout The Book of Zohar, such as Partzufim, Sefirot, Worlds, perceived Lights, concealment, revelation, Kelim, reception, bestowal and many more.

    The Zohar is a book to be savored slowly, each taste of it deepening the desire for more. This book is an essential addition to the library of any serious student of Kabbalah.

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