Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

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THE WEDDING CELEBRATION

It has been told:
On the day that Rabbi Shim'on was to leave the world,
while he was arranging his affairs,
the Comrades assembled at his house.
Present were Rabbi El'azar, his son, Rabbi Abba, and the other
Comrades.
The house was full.
Rabbi Shim'on raised his eyes and saw that the house was filled.
He cried, and said
"The other time I was ill, Rabbi Pinḥas son of Ya'ir was in my
presence.
I was already selecting my place in Paradise next to Aḥiyah of Shiloh
when they extended my life until now!
When I returned, fire was whirling in front of me; it has never gone
out.
No human has entered without permission.
Now I see that it has gone out, and the house is filled!"

While they were sitting
Rabbi Shim'on opened his eyes and saw what he saw;
fire whirled through the house.
Everyone left;
Rabbi El'azar, his son, and Rabbi Abba remained;
the other Comrades sat outside.
Rabbi Shim'on said to Rabbi El'azar, his son,
"Go out and see if Rabbi Isaac is here,
for I have been surety for him.
Tell him to arrange his affairs and sit by my side.
Happy is his portion!"

Rabbi Shim'on rose and laughed in delight.
He said, "Where are the Comrades?"
Rabbi El'azar rose and brought them in.

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