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Introduction to the Book of Zohar
Introduction to the Book of Zohar

Introduction to the Book of Zohar by Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) Commentary by Rav Michael Laitman PhD
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Introduction to the Zohar is the second in a series written by Kabbalist and scientist Rav Michael Laitman, which will prepare readers to understand the hidden message of "The Zohar".

Among the many helpful topics dealt with in this companion text to The Science of Kabbalah, readers are introduced to the 'language of root and branch', without which the stories in the Zohar are mere fable and legend. Introduction to the Zohar will certainly furnish readers with the necessary tools to understand authentic Kabbalah as it was originally meant to be, as a means to attain the 'Upper Worlds'.

Kabbalah Books aims to follow what Baal HaSulam directed, that redeeming the world from its plights depends solely on disseminating the correction method, as he wrote "We are in a generation that is standing at the very threshold of redemption, if we will only know how to spread the wisdom of the hidden in the masses."

We do know one way of doing this through sharing our Kabbalah books with the world. We aim to pursue every avenue to spread this wisdom as widely as possible. Hard copies of books make the wisdom of Kabbalah available to even more people. And if you desire, you can help with that by giving the wisdom to others through the books.

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Edition: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Date Published: March 2005
ISBN #: 0973231556

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 The Book of Zohar May 18, 2010
Reviewer: sally stroud from klamth falls, OR United States  
The Zohar is a gift to mankind, and Dr. Laitman has provided access to the wisdom of Kabbalah to all who desire it. He has made understanding the difficult concepts of partzufim, sefirot, receiving and giving, etc. easy to grasp.

The Zohar is a book to be relished as a precious opening into the spiritual worlds for each of us as we explore the many layers of wisdom and apply them to our lives.

For anyone seeking an authentic perspective on Kabbalah, Dr. Michael Laitman explains each of the unfamiliar words and expressions that appear in the book. He includes translations of the Aramaic and his own explanations throughout the text. All of which serves to make this ancient text comprehensible to everyone.  

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 October 11, 2006
Reviewer: Larisa Goldenberg from Johannesburg, South Africa  
I was impressed from the very beginning of this book. Everything Rav Laitman explains spoke about me, about how I perceive everything around me, and what I can do to retune myself to perceive much more than I do now.

What I've always thought since my childhood was confirmed and clarified in the basic concepts about our perception of reality. It's almost weird when you read it, and see how flawless what he is writing about is.

Reading this book just once isn't enough. I will read it again in the future because I understood about 20% of it at most (but a very, very precious 20%).

I was born in a country which prohibited religions, and any religion was persecuted by default. I always believed that our universe is ruled by an Upper Force, but I just couldn't investigate that belief until I left. This book revealed to me, in a subtle way, the main thing in life that I have always craved for.

'stop thinking that our actions change anything. If we can adopt this truth, our attitude to life and to the world will change'

This is a major point that the book clarifies that by doing things with our hands and legs, no matter how charitable, no matter how altruistic they seem, they change nothing.

This book leads us to the causes of all our actions, and directs us in changing ourselves, right at our point of self. As a result, our attitude will change to be like the attitude of the One Force which created us: a perfect, unending, complete attitude of giving pleasure and love.

This is the state that the method of Kabbalah guides us to, and this book aims to prepare our initial attitude to ourselves, to others, and to the Upper Force, in order to allow us to progress faster to that goal.

Rav Laitman teaches you how to use everything you have in your life to increase contact with the Upper Force. You will never react to a painful moment in the same way as you do today. Once you know how you can use that painful moment as something to progress you to the greatest change you can make, you're reaction will well, you'll see if you read the book :0

'It is also unaccepted by the heart, and anyone who ever tried to acquire some knowledge knows and feels that the mind itself is a possession and not the possessor'

This is another life-changing concept in the book that gets elaborated. A lot of people think that they're ideas and thoughts are "right" and that other people are "wrong", and we see how this way of thinking causes conflict both between people on an everyday level, and between one country and another country, on a global level.

But what Rav Laitman says here changes everything: that our thoughts, and all our knowledge, are merely a consequence of our desires, and we are simply being led by our desires like puppets on a string. This is hard for a lot of people to accept, but once you accept it, and start investigating your thoughts according to the Kabbalah method's instructions, you really start seeing where you have a choice to ascend above this completely controlled level of life.

We have a power of positive thinking and we can recognize negative thoughts and change them to positive. This isn't just something that "sounds nice", but it's something real and doable, and completely life-changing.

'The intention (for what purpose we use our desires) is critical'

When we change our attitude, reality changes as well.

The time I read this book, I also read through articles on the www.kabbalah.info website, and it was truly the most exciting time I've ever had. You see that when you start applying a major change in attitude in your life, your whole internal life starts breathing and growing, this part of you that you never would have thought existed starts opening up, and you experience all kinds of fast ups and downs from working on your thoughts and desires with the Kabbalists' instructions. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn what's really going on in the universe and in yourself.

Thank you, Larisa.

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