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A translation of eight of the most interesting narratives found in the Zohar. In addition, the book contains a comprehensive introduction, a glossary, notes, and a bibliography.

1 Introduction: On the Zoharic Story The Zohar ( the word itself means “ brilliant light”) is a Jewish medie-val mystic text that appeared in late thirteenth- century Christian Spain. Written in an artificial Aramaic, masking a medieval Hebrew, it is a collection of mystical writings including a homiletical commentary on the Torah. The author wrote the Zohar as a pseudepigraphical work, claiming it to be the composition or statement of the teachings and revelations given to Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai, a second- century talmudic sage. For this reason, the Zohar is written in Aramaic, the language of the greater part of the Talmud. Largely as a result of Gershom Scholem’s monumental research on the subject, contempo-rary critical scholars virtually unanimously believe the major part  of the Zohar to be the work of Moses ben Shem Tov of Leon. 1 The Zohar came to acquire virtual canonical status within the world of Kabbalah which, during the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, came to comprise almost all of world Jewry. In the nine-teenth century, the Zohar was severely denigrated by rationalist Western Judaism; the leading Jewish historian  of the time, Heinrich Graetz, called it a “ book of falsehoods.” 2 Because  of a growing appre-ciation of Jewish mysticism today the Zohar  is more readily seen as a remarkable text of pronounced poetic qualities and as a vast symbolic complex conveying a distinct and even profound mode of spirituality. At the core of the Zohar is a theosophical view of being. It focuses upon the dynamic inner life of the divine and upon the drama accompanying the emanation of aspects of the Divine Being and personality ( Sefirot)— all contained within the infinite Godhead, far beyond the grasp of human thought. The zoharic drama leaves room   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageSponsor's PageContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: On the Zoharic StoryGrief, Triumph, ExpulsionThe Book of Adam: Two AccountsThe House of the WorldDeath PostponedThe Bridegroom's SilenceA Retelling of JonahA Tale of Sin and RepentanceA Child's Tears and His Father 's ResurrectionBack MatterAbout the Papercut Art: The Ten SefirotPapercuts IllustrationsPage 18 The Upper Sefirot of Keter,Page 34 The Sefirah of Hesed,Lovingkindness.Page 56 The Sefirah of Din,Judgment,also Gevurah,Strength.Page 72 The Sefirah of Tiferet,Beauty.Page 88 The Sefirah of Netza Victory.Page 106 The Sefirah of Hod,Splendor.Page 126 The Sefirah of Yesod,Foundation.Page 142 The Sefirah of Malkhut,Kingdom;also Shekhinah, God 's Feminine Aspect.GlossaryBibliography
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