Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

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THE RABBIS ENCOUNTER A CHILD

Rabbi Isaac and Rabbi Judah were out on the road.
They reached the village of Sikhnin
and stayed there with a woman who had one little son
who went to school every day.
That day he left school and came home.
He saw these wise men.
His mother said to him, "Approach these distinguished men;
you will gain blessings from them!"
He approached them and suddenly turned back.
He said to his mother, "I don't want to go near them
because they haven't recited Shema today,
and I have been taught:
'Anyone who has not recited Shema at its proper time
is under a ban that entire day.' "

They heard this and were amazed.
Raising their hands, they blessed him.
They said, "Indeed, it is so!
Today we were engaged with a bride and groom
who did not have what they needed and were delaying their union.
There was no one to engage in helping them,
so we engaged, and we did not recite Shema at its proper time.
One who is busy doing a mivab is exempt from another mivah."
Then they said, "My son, how did you know?"

He said, "I knew by the smell of your clothes when I came near
you."
They were amazed.
They sat down, washed their hands, and broke bread.
Rabbi Judah's hands were dirty, and he blessed before he washed.
The boy said to them, "If you are students of Rabbi Shema'yah the
asid
you should not have blessed with filthy hands.
One who blesses with filthy hands should be put to death!"

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Table of contents

  • Zohar - The Book of Enlightenment *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Preface xiii
  • Foreword xv
  • Introduction *
  • How to Look at Torah 43
  • Zohar on Genesis *
  • The Creation of Elohim 49
  • The Hidden Light 51
  • Adam's Sin 54
  • Male and Female 55
  • After the Flood 57
  • Abram, the Soul-Breath 60
  • Abram's Descent into Egypt 63
  • Openings 65
  • An Offering to God 69
  • The Binding of Abraham and Isaac 72
  • Jacob's Journey 75
  • Joseph's Dream 80
  • Seduction above and below 84
  • Jacob's Garment of Days 91
  • Zohar on Exodus *
  • The Birth of Moses 99
  • Moses and the Blazing Bush 102
  • Moses and His Father-In-Law 105
  • Colors and Enlightenment 107
  • Pharaoh, Israel, and God 111
  • Manna and Wisdom 113
  • Is There Anyone like Moses? 117
  • All of Israel Saw the Letters 119
  • The Old Man and the Beautiful Maiden 121
  • The Gift of Dwelling 127
  • The Secret of Sabbath 132
  • The Golden Calf 133
  • Zohar on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy *
  • Qorban and Olah, Drawing near and Ascending 145
  • Guests in the Sukkah 148
  • God, Israel, and Shekhinah 153
  • Threshing out the Secrets 163
  • The Rabbis Encounter a Child 170
  • Miracles 177
  • The Wedding Celebration 182
  • Notes *
  • Foreword & Introduction 193
  • Zohar 204
  • Appendix *
  • Glossary 303
  • Bibliography 307
  • Index to Zohar Passages 311
  • Index to Preface, Foreword, Introduction and Notes 313
  • Index to Text 316
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