Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

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JACOB'S GARMENT OF DAYS

The days of Israel drew near to die.
He summoned his son Joseph and said to bim
,
"If I have found favor in your eyes, place your hand under my
thigh;
act toward me out of true love: please do not bury me in Egypt.
I will lie down with my fathers;
then take me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place. "

(Genesis 47:29-30)

Rabbi Judah opened and said
" 'Listen, you deaf ones!
You blind ones, look up and see!'
(Isaiah 42:18).
'Listen, you deaf ones!'
you human beings who do not hear Torah speaking,
who do not open your ears to let in the commands of your Master.
'You blind ones'
who do not examine your own foundations,
who do not seek to know why you are alive!
Every single day a herald comes forth and proclaims
but no one hears his message!

It has been taught:
When a human being is created,
on the day he comes into the world,
simultaneously, all the days of his life are arranged above.
One by one, they come flying down into the world
to alert that human being, day by day.
If, when a day comes to alert him,
he sins on that day before his Master,
then that day climbs up in shame,
bears witness, and stands alone outside.

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Table of contents

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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