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Zohar PDF Download and Book Recommendations

Zohar PDF Download and Book Recommendations

The Zohar, in English the Book of Splendor, is the central book of Kabbalah. This mysterious work is thought to contain the secret inner meanings of the Torah (Bible) and the Kabbalah.  Below are links to Zohar pdf files so you can download and study this great text without delay.

Zohar study is a great way to begin learning Kabbalah.  But real Kabbalah cannot be learned through books alone – it is a step by step life-changing process. Click on the Walking Kabbalah blog below to learn about the inner tradition and practice of Kabbalah.

Walking Kabbalah: How to live Kabbalah

In the past, these mysteries of the Zohar were accessible to few. Now you can download the Zohar pdf text from the links below. Realize, however, that the wisdom of the kabbalah cannot be learned through books alone – it is a life-changing practice that must be practice step by step. To begin to peek into the true meaning of Kabbalah, you can read the Walking Kabbalah Blog posts to get started.

Remember that the Zohar itself is written in a kind of code, meaning far more than the literal translation. Study is a good basis, but is only the beginning of the road to understanding kabbalah.

Free Zohar PDF Downloads:

English Translation – from Bnei Barukh

Zohar English Version

Aramaic with English Translation – from ZoharinEnglish.com

Part I: Bereshit Part II: Lekh Lekha Part III: Noah

Original Aramaic, with Hebrew Translation) – from Bnei Barukh

The pdf is broken into pieces for manageable download

Introduction Bereshit I Bereshit II, Noah Lekh Lekha, Vayera Hayey Sarah, Toledot, Vayetse Vayishlah, Vayeshev, Miketz, Vayigash Vayehi Shemot, Va’era, Bo, Beshallah Yitro, Mishpatim Terumah Tetsaveh, Ki Tissa, Vayakhel Pikudei Vayikrah, Tsav, Shemini, Tazriah, Metzorah Aharey Mot, Kedushim, Emor, Behar, Behukkotai BaMidbar, Naso, BeHaalotekha Shelah, Korah, Hukkot, Balak Pinhas, Matot Ki Tetze, VaYelech, HaAzinu Bereshit to BeShallah Interpretation Yitro to HaAzinu

 

Books – Zohar English Translations

I highly recommend the Pritzker Editions of the Zohar, translated by Daniel C. Matt. These are the best English translations of the Zohar available and are well worth the money.  The Wisdom of the Zohar boxed set by Tisby is also good, although less complete

Zohar Pritzker Edition, Daniel Matt

Wisdom of the Zohar, Isaiah Tishby

Not as complete as the Pritzker edition, but still quite good:

About the Zohar

The Zohar, The Book of Splendor, is the foremost book of kabbalah. The book was compiled around 1280 by Moses de Leon, who claimed that was the mystical writings of Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimeon Bar Yochai (c. 70 C.E), student of the famous Rabbi Akiva. The book contains mystical interpretations of the books of the Torah (bible) and many kabbalists believe it based on mystical traditions dating back to Moses or even earlier.

The Language of the Zohar

The Zohar is a maze for those who are uninitiated into the kabbalistic tradition. The book contains extremely strange and potentially incomprehensible stories. The stories appear to be about regular things, but are actually written in a type of code referring to spiritual subjects. As a result, one must dive beyond just the surface meaning in order to understand the Zohar. However, reading it is an excellent background for those who wish to study deeper into Kabbalah, and reading one of the Zohar pdfs above is a good way to get started.

I suggest the Walking Kabbalah Blog as a way to begin getting hands on experience into studying Kabbalah and highly recommend finding a teacher who can pass on the knowledge directly.

4 Comments

  1. I love 😘 my kabalah teachings

  2. Can you tell me anything about the Amazon owned createspace Zohar which as far as I can tell is legit but has no reviews and few people know it exists.

    If you don’t want to pay the price for the Pritzker edition it is a great deal, and I often find it matches the portions of Zohar online and with my Tishby version but I want to know more about it.

    Any info would be great, thanks.

    • I don’t have experience with that volume. Maybe some readers have read through it and can comment. The Pritzker and Tishby, as you know, are generally accepted as the best English translations. Even then, so much is lost in translation. There is so much context in Hebrew and Aramaic words, so learning at least some of the original language is important for deep understanding.

  3. Thanks, I am actually getting very familiar with the terminology and I am still on Bereshith. The one I have trouble with finding information about is Mekabetz – el. I can find the word, but no explanation of its meaning except possibly in German and I don’t speak German. Thanks for responding.

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