Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

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COLORS AND ENLIGHTENMENT

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 ...
Why appeared?
The word should be spoken."

He answered
"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
all?
They were aware, through those that are revealed.

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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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