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

Who am I?

I have been studying Zohar in the original ancient language for fifty years and have written a number of books about how Zohar informs the future of the Earth. For my whole life, I have pursued Truth. Zohar has been my guide through the darkness of life riddled with lies. The words of Zohar promise to become relevant at the End of Days, before the six thousand year calendar runs out in 220 years with the advent of the Thousand Years of Woman and Peace. After fifty years of study, I have deciphered the past and written a book for the ages.


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Zohar: Beyond the BlackWhole

By Dovid Krafchow,

Book cover of Zohar: Beyond the BlackWhole

What is my book about?

Redefining time and space using ancient Hebrew knowledge combined with scientific and historical information allows the reader to enter into the inner sanctum of Jewish mysticism. Zohar—Beyond the BlackWhole is the unfurling of a seven hundred-year mystery. First came Zohar, meaning Brilliance: the most mystical of all Jewish texts. Then two hundred years later came Cabala, the key to Zohar. Only now, witnessed by technological wizardry, can the great vision of Zohar be corroborated by scientific fact. Now is the time to turn the key and open the door. Zohar can heal the world, showing the way to a beautiful future.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition

Dovid Krafchow Why did I love 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.

By Daniel C. Matt,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Zohar as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The first two volumes of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, translated with commentary by Daniel C. Matt, cover more than half of the Zohar's commentary on the Book of Genesis (through Genesis 32:3). This is the first translation ever made from a critical Aramaic text of the Zohar, which has been established by Professor Matt based on a wide range of original manuscripts. The extensive commentary, appearing at the bottom of each page, clarifies the kabbalistic symbolism and terminology, and cites sources and parallels from biblical, rabbinic, and kabbalistic texts. The translator's introduction is accompanied by a second introduction written by…


Book cover of Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation

Dovid Krafchow Why did I love 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.

By Aryeh Kaplan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Sefer Yetzirah as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Sefer Yetzirah is perhaps the oldest and most mysterious of all kabbalistic texts. In this landmark work of mystical studies, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan brings the text’s theoretical, meditative, and magical implications to light.

The book explores the dynamics of the spiritual domain, the worlds of the sefirot, souls and angels. Rabbi Kaplan explains that when properly understood the Sefer Yetzirah becomes an instruction manual for a very special type of meditation meant to strengthen concentration and to aid in the development of telekinetic and telepathic powers. Through the use of various signs, incantations, and divine names, initiates could also…


Book cover of The Sacred Zohar

Dovid Krafchow Why did I love 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.

By Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Sacred Zohar as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Sacred Zohar is considered by many to be a Book of Healing & Protection

This book is traditionally known as the world’s most esoteric sources of spiritual knowledge, of Holy Bible and shows the spiritual narrative and wisdom available to people of all faiths so that we may use its principles to live each day. It is the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, by the greatest authority on Jewish mysticism, offers a sampling of its unique vision of the esoteric wonders of creation.

Please note: the first 30 pages introduction are in…


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

Dovid Krafchow Why did I love 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.

By Adin Steinsaltz,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Thirteen Petalled Rose as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From Madonna's music videos to the glossy pages of celebrity magazines and back to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jewish mysticism has stepped into the modern consciousness like never before. In this classic work, world-renowned scholar Adin Steinsaltz answers the major questions asked by modern Jews about the nature of existence in God's universe. The title The Thirteen Petalled Rose is taken from the opening of the classic Jewish text on mysticism, the Zohar, and refers to the "collective souls of the Jewish people," which scholars have likened to the fullness of a rose and its thirteen petals. Along…


Book cover of Zohar - Vol 1-23 Hebrew

Dovid Krafchow Why did I love 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.

By Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Zohar - Vol 1-23 Hebrew as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Zohar is a Hebrew word that means splendor. In its simplest form, the Zohar is a commentary on the Bible. Although the wisdom available in its pages is older than Creation itself, the text of the Zohar was composed approximately 2000 years ago. In the centuries that followed, the Zohar was often suppressed by religious and secular authorities who feared its power to transform the lives of those who gained access to the sacred writings. The sages of Kabbalah also realized that the Zohar must wait until humankind was ready to receive it.


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Book cover of Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat - An American History

Christina Ward Author Of Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat - An American History

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For me, history is always about individuals; what they think and believe and how those ideas motivate their actions. By relegating our past to official histories or staid academic tellings we deprive ourselves of the humanity of our shared experiences. As a “popular historian” I use food to tell all the many ways we attempt to “be” American. History is for everyone, and my self-appointed mission is to bring more stories to readers! These recommendations are a few stand-out titles from the hundreds of books that inform my current work on how food and religion converge in America. You’ll have to wait for Holy Food to find out what I’ve discovered.

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What is my book about?

Does God have a recipe? Independent food historian Christina Ward’s highly anticipated Holy Food explores the influence of mainstream to fringe religious beliefs on modern American food culture.

Author Christina Ward unravels how religious beliefs intersect with politics, economics, and, of course, food to tell a different story of America. It's the story of true believers and charlatans, of idealists and visionaries, and of the everyday people who followed them—often at their peril.

Holy Food explains how faith pioneers used societal woes and cultural trends to create new pathways of belief and reveals the interconnectivity between sects and their leaders.

Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat - An American History

By Christina Ward,

What is this book about?

Does God have a recipe?

"Holy Food is a titanic feat of research and a fascinating exploration of American faith and culinary rites. Christina Ward is the perfect guide – generous, wise, and ecumenical." — Adam Chandler, author of Drive-Thru Dreams

"Holy Food doesn't just trace the influence that preachers, gurus, and cult leaders have had on American cuisine. It offers a unique look at the ways spirituality—whether in the form of fringe cults or major religions—has shaped our culture. Christina Ward has gone spelunking into some very odd corners of American history to unearth this fascinating collection of stories…


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