Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

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THE GOLDEN CALF

When the people saw that Moses took so long coming down from the
mountain,
they gathered against Aaron and said to him,

"Rise, make us Elohim who will go before us,
for this man Moses, who brought us out from the land of Egypt—
we do not know what happened to him!"
Aaron said to them
, "Tear off the gold rings
that are in the ears of your wives
, your sons, and your daughters,
and bring them to me. "
So all the people tore off the gold rings that were in their ears
and brought them to Aaron.
This he took from their hands and cast in a mold
and made it into a molten calf
.
They exclaimed, "This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out from the land of Egypt!"
When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it
and proclaimed: "Tomorrow is a feast for
YHVH!"
The next day, they rose early
and offered up offerings and brought peace offerings;
they sat down to eat and drink, then got up to play.

YHVH spoke to Moses, "Go down,
for your people, whom you brought out from the land of Egypt,
have corrupted themselves!
Quickly they turned from the way I enjoined upon them.
They made themselves a molten calf,
bowed down to it and sacrificed to it,
saying:
'This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out from the land of Egypt!' "

YHVH said to Moses,
"I have seen this people: it is a stiffnecked people.
Now leave Me alone!

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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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