The best books on the Zohar and uncovering the secrets of creation

The Books I Picked & Why

The Zohar: Pritzker Edition

By Daniel C. Matt

The Zohar: Pritzker Edition

Why this book?

This is the most recent rendering of the Zohar into English. Translated by Daniel Matt who is a professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. This decade-long effort has produced an authoritative rendition of the Zohar. However, this is an academic venture that does not conform to the ancient tradition. Nonetheless, the literal translation of each word will help the new student break into the original text.


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Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation

By Aryeh Kaplan

Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation

Why this book?

Though the Zohar is ancient having been written two thousand years ago, the Sefer Yetizra/Book of Form was written four thousand years ago presenting the fundamental aspects to the Tree of Life known also and the Ten Luminaries. The original Patriarch Avraham is commonly accepted as the author of Sefer Yetizra. Having this primal knowledge of the Cabala will allow entrance into later texts and subsequent cabalistic ideas. Aryeh Kaplan is a trusted authority.


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The Sacred Zohar

By Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai

The Sacred Zohar

Why this book?

There are 1835 pages in the book. If you read five pages a day or even just look at these holy words, you will finish the Zohar in a year. Just to have this beautiful sacred book in your library can only bring blessings into a person’s life. Each word in the Zohar is a window to Heaven; each letter is holy—indeed, each word is a Name of God. Treat this book with respect, put no other book above this book, and your actions will be noted in Heaven.


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The Thirteen Petalled Rose: A Discourse on the Essence of Jewish Existence and Belief

By Adin Steinsaltz

The Thirteen Petalled Rose: A Discourse on the Essence of Jewish Existence and Belief

Why this book?

Adin Steinsaltz is another author who can be absolutely trusted in his ability to transmit ancient secrets with clarity, simplicity utilizing a complete concordance of knowledge meant to educate the reader. The first form of creation, as related in the preface to the Zohar, is the thirteen petal rose. Thirteen is the gematria of Echud/One, from here arises the seed to the Tree of Life.


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Zohar - Vol 1-23 Hebrew

By Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai

Zohar - Vol 1-23 Hebrew

Why this book?

Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (1885–1954) also known as the Baal Ha-Sulam was the first to translate the entire Zohar into Hebrew a hundred years ago. For those who have a skill in Hebrew and are interested in learning Zohar in the original language of Aramaic will find these 23 volumes indispensable. Though his explanations are not generally accepted by other scholars, his ability with language is laudable and his insights are valuable to anyone trying to break through into the actual text of the Zohar.


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