Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

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And it came to pass after these things
that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph
and said,
"Lie with me!"
And he refused....
Though she urged Joseph day after day, he did not yield to her,
to lie beside her
, to be with her.

(Genesis 39:7-8, 10)

"Though she urged him day after day"
Rabbi El'azar opened and said
" 'To guard you from the evil woman,
the smooth-tongued alien'
(Proverbs 6:24).

Happy are the righteous
who know the paths of the Blessed Holy One,
who learn how to follow them
by striving for Torah day and night!
For everyone who engages Torah days and nights
occupies two worlds: the higher world and the lower world.
He obtains this world
even if he engages in Torah with selfish motives;
he obtains that world
if he engages in Torah for the Name within her.

Come and see what is written:
'Long life she offers with her right hand,
with her left hand riches and honor'
(Proverbs 3:16).
One who walks on the right side of Torah
is extended long life in the world that is coming.
There he acquires the splendor of Torah,
a precious crown of supreme power,

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