Zohar: Bereshith to Lekh Lekha


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The copy of this text just came out on the www.sacred-texts.com site and thought you might find it interesting .... here is the introduction .... you may also want to check out their whole section on sacred texts of Judaism ....this may not be an authentic text on the Zohar but it might contain areas of interest and insight .... aloha nui, poh

"This is the only extensive translation of a portion of the Zohar, the longest and one of the most important texts of the Kabbalah, in the public domain.

The Zohar is a Kabbalistic commentary on the Hebrew Bible. Long before the 'Bible Code,' Jewish scholars were attempting to wring deep meaning out of every syllable of the text of the Hebrew Bible, using numerology, gematria, and other techniques. Dozens of pages in this book are devoted to analyses of the hidden meaning behind first few letters of Genesis! This might seem ultra-pedantic; however, the Zohar makes the Biblical text come to life, brimming with mystical significance. Seemingly unimportant details and turns of phrase, which you may have read long ago and forgotten, lead to immense vistas of a mysterious world inside the world.

This is not a critical edition; written by a pseudonymous Theosophist, probably British, it is laced with out-of-place terminology such as 'Karma' and 'Planes.' It nevertheless lets you wade in the rip current of one of the most magical of the world's sacred texts, and leaves you gasping for air and wanting more.

NOTE: there is an extensive set of production notes on the Title Page.

--J.B. Hare 10/18/2005"​

Title Page


The Lily
The Occult Origin of Alhim
The Mysticism of the Alphabet
The Initiation of Rabbi Hiya
The Mysterious Stranger
Abundant Goodness
Exposition of Bible Mysteries
The Fourteen Precepts


Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V. The King's Palaces
Chapter VI. On Israel or the Children of Light
Chapter VII. The Prayer of Rabbi Simeon
Chapter VIII. Previous Worlds and Races
Chapter IX.
Chapter X. Symbolisms of Man
Chapter XI. The Strange Visitor
Chapter XII. Symbolism of the Divine Life and Human Destiny
Chapter XIII.
Chapter XIV. A Kabbalistic Symposium by Rabbi Simeon's Students
Chapter XV.
Chapter XVI. A Symposium of Rabbi Simeon's Students
Chapter XVII. The Devachanic or Heavenly Spheres
Chapter XVIII. Higher Devachanic or Heavenly Spheres
Chapter XIX. Rabbi Simeon's Discourse on Prayer
Chapter XX. Devachanic Spheres and Mansions.
Chapter XXI.
Chapter XXII.
Chapter XXIII.
Chapter XXIV. Further Kabbalistic Expositions of the Six Days Of Creation
Chapter XXV.
Chapter XXVI.
Chapter XXVII.
Chapter XXVIII. Rabbi Simeon's Analogies of the Divine Life in Man
Chapter XXIX.

There is more but I couldn't fit it all in the post .... poh