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.
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, Aramaic and Hebrew Text Version – from Sefaria
This one isn’t a pdf, but Sefaria has extremely trustworthy content, and allows you to download the text files, as desired.
English Translation – from Bnei BarukhZohar English Version
Aramaic with English Translation – from ZoharinEnglish.comPart 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 downloadIntroduction 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.