The Wisdom of Kabbalah – 17th Tevet, 5771

Kabbalah for the Student

Kabbalists Write about the Wisdom of Kabbalah.

    Without knowing the wisdom of Kabbalah, one is like a beast, since one is following the Mitzva without flavor, only going through the motions. This is similar to hay-eating beasts, without the taste of human food. And even if one is an important businessperson, occupied with much negotiations, he is not exempted from engaging in this wisdom.

–The Holy Rav of Ziditshov,
Sur MeRa VeAseh Tov (Depart from Evil, and Do Good)


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How to Read The Book of Zohar

How to Read the Book of ZoharTwo questions I received on how to read and relate to The Book of Zohar:

Question: I am trying to study The Book of Zohar that you translated. I’ve reread many times the part where you talk about how to relate to the material in order to go deeper into the inner part of it – but so far it’s not working. I don’t feel like I’m advancing, and I think that I lack definitions, the way things are clearly defined in the Talmud Eser Sefirot. Do these definitions exist, and if yes, where can I find them? Or is there another, special approach to The Book of Zohar?

My Answer: The Book of Zohar should be read only in order to evoke the Light of correction onto yourself. To the degree the Light will influence you, you will begin to perceive the Zohar (which means Radiance). And to the extent that you’ll feel the Light, the property of bestowal, you will also begin understanding what The Book of Zohar says.

In addition, there are four introductions to The Book of Zohar, and it’s necessary to know them (or to have at least general knowledge of them) in order to understand the book.

Question: Recently I made the decision that I will read The Book of Zohar. During Book Week I bought the full set. However, I spoke to a person who told me that religious authorities have put a curse on this set of books, and this set of books is “impure.”

My Answer: You can go ahead and read these books, but this is only recommended for people who have studied all the works of Baal HaSulam. In addition, there are four introductions to The Book of Zohar, and it’s impossible to understand The Book of Zohar without thoroughly understanding these introductions!

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In the Words of the Sages – 17th Tevet, 5771

A Selection of Aggadaic Sayings about Tzitzit


Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov said: He who has tefillin on his head and arm, tzitzit fringes on his garment, and a mezuzah on his doorway, presumably will not sin. As it is stated (Ecclesiastes 4:12), “a three-stranded cord will not quickly be broken.”
— Talmud Menachot 43b.

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Joke of the day – 17th Tevet, 5771

When Golda Meir held the office of Prime Minister, she tried to encourage Henry Kissinger to make Israel a top priority. He sent her a letter: “I would like to inform you that I’m first an American citizen; second, Secretary of State; and third, a Jew. She responded, “In Israel, we read from right to left”.