Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

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MIRACLES

Rabbi Pinḥas was going to see his daughter,
the wife of Rabbi Shim'on, who was ill.
Comrades were accompanying him, and he was riding on his donkey.
On the way he met two Arabs.
He said to them, "Since days of old has a voice arisen in this field?"
They said, "We don't know about days of old;
we know about our own days!
One day highway robbers were passing through that field.
They ran into some Jews and were just about to rob them
when from a distance, in this field,
this donkey's voice was heard braying two times;
a flame of fire shot through its voice and burned them
and those Jews were saved!"

He said to them, "O Arabs!
For telling me this, you will be saved today from other robbers
who are lying in wait for you on the way!"

Rabbi Pinḥas cried, and said, "Master of the world!
You brought about this miracle for my sake
and those Jews were saved, and I did not even know!"

He opened and said
" 'To the One who performs great wonders alone,
for His love is everlasting'
(Psalms 136:4).
So much goodness the Blessed Holy One performs for human beings!
So many miracles He brings about for them every day!
And no one knows except for Him!
A person gets up in the morning, and a snake comes to kill him.
He steps on the snake's head and kills it without knowing;
only the Blessed Holy One knows,
'the One who performs great wonders alone.'

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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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