One day Rabbi Shim'on was sitting.
Rabbi El'azar, his son, and Rabbi Abba were with him.
Rabbi El'azar said
"The verse written here:
I have appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob ...
The word should be spoken."
"El'azar, my son, it is a high mystery!
Come and see:
Certain colors can be seen;
certain colors cannot.
These and those are the high mystery of faith.
But human beings do not know; they do not reflect.
The colors that can be seen—
no one was pure enough to see them
until the Patriarchs came and mastered them.
Therefore the word appeared,
for they saw the colors which are revealed.
Which are revealed?
Colors of El Shaddai, colors in a cosmic prism.
These can be seen.
But the colors above, hidden and invisible—
no human has mastered them except for Moses.
Therefore the verse concludes:
'But by My name YHVH, I was not known to them.'
I was not revealed to them in high colors.
Do you think that the Patriarchs were not aware of those colors at
They were aware, through those that are revealed.
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Publication information: Book title: Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment. Contributors: Daniel Chanan Matt - Translator. Publisher: Paulist Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1983. Page number: 107.
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