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The Zohar: Volume 7: Pritzker Edition (Zohar: Pritzker Edition) (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition) [Hardcover]

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15 Nov 2012 The Zohar: Pritzker Edition (Book 7)
Sefer ha-Zohar (The Book of Radiance) has amazed readers ever since it emerged in medieval Spain over seven hundred years ago. Written in lyrical Aramaic, this masterpiece of Kabbalah exceeds the dimensions of a normal book; it is virtually a body of mystical literature, comprising over twenty discrete sections. The bulk of the Zohar consists of a mystical interpretation of the Torah, from Genesis through Deuteronomy. This seventh volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition consists of commentary on more than half the book of Leviticus. How does the Zohar deal with a biblical text devoted largely to animal sacrifices, cereal offerings, and priestly ritual? Here these ancient laws and procedures are spiritualized, transformed into symbols of God's inner life, now that both the Desert Tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem no longer exist. For example, the ascent offering, which was totally consumed on the altar, is known in Hebrew as olah (literally, "that which ascends"). In the Zohar, this symbolizes Shekhinah, last of the ten sefirot (divine potencies), who ascends to unite with Her beloved, the blessed Holy One. The biblical narrative describes how two of Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, offered alien fire before YHVH and were immediately consumed in a divine blaze. Rabbinic tradition suggested various reasons why they were killed: they lacked the proper priestly garments, or had not washed their hands and feet, or were drunk, or were not married. For the Zohar, marriage enables one to imitate the divine union of male and female energies, and to stimulate that union above. By not marrying, Nadab and Abihu remained incomplete and unfulfilled. According to a related Zoharic passage, their ritual act failed because in their contemplation of the divine qualities they did not include Shekhinah. Without Her, God is incomplete.

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; Pritzker edition edition (15 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804783055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804783057
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 17.8 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought." - Koret Jewish Book Award, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volumes I and II "Daniel Matt's work is superior to any other available translation of the Zohar because of its superb poetic language, the exegetical contribution of its copious notes, and its superior underlying Aramaic text, which was specially prepared by Dr. Matt from numerous original Zohar manuscripts." - Moshe Idel, Max Cooper Professor of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University of Jerusalem "A superbly fashioned translation and commentary that opens up the Zohar to the English-speaking world. The lucidity and overwhelming relevance of Matt's Zohar will provide both common and uncommon readers with access to a work capable of changing the consciousness of those who enter it." - Harold Bloom, Max Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University "A powerfully poetic rendition of this spiritual masterpiece ... Matt's new Zohar is a classic already in its first two volumes. The edition alone, or the translation alone, or the commentary alone would be a major contribution. The whole is a work of art." - Journal of the American Academy of Religion "Daniel Matt's new translation of the Zohar ... will quickly become the definitive and unrivaled English edition of one of the pre-eminent classics of world mystical literature." - The Jerusalem Report

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Daniel C. Matt is a leading authority on Jewish mysticism. For twenty years, he served as Professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Matt is the author of "The Essential Kabbalah" (1995); "God and the Big Bang" (1996); and "Zohar: Annotated and Explained" (2002). He is also the translator of the first six volumes of "The Zohar: Pritzker Edition."

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Mamish a great book, easy to follow, well presented, loads for meforshim, well priced, imperative limud & hotzlocha raba. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Zohar 23 Mar 2013
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The book arrived exactly when promised. It is the seventh in the series, and each has lived up to its promise. This book brings great pleasure to the recipient and I am glad it was delivered in a timely fashion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Biblical Book 12 April 2013
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For those who study Kabbalah, this set is well worth the price. I hope that Daniel Matt stays alive long enough to complete this set. There will probably be close to 50 volumes by the time he is done. I am collecting all of them as they come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY True English Translation of the Zohar 18 Jun 2013
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The word 'Zohar' and 'Kabbalah' and being broadcast far & near even from Holloywood. Tie a red wool string to you wrist and become empowered with supreme spiritual energy! RIght...As an adherent to the 'Sod' level of the study of the Divine Torah, which is a search for the deepest meaning & understanding of the 'mysticism' of the Torah ( The Divine Teachings of Ohr EinSof....(The Infinite Light)) I can assure that this production of the translation (which actually is an impossibility) of the Holy Zohar is Far & Away the very best in several respects than any attempt to produce it in any language other than the original Aramaic know to man to this day.
Aramaic is the language that the original was written in and to translate a Semitic language into any other language is doing it a huge injustice. Semitic languages ie; Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic (which was formulated during the Hebrew captivity in Babylon in approx 300BC) is a syntheses of Hebrew/Arabic. Semitic languages are meant to convey 'pictures' or 'movies' unlike English, French, German, etc that for the most part are meant to convey clear cut hard and fast 'meanings'. Semitic languages 'speak' on several levels of understanding (Binah) simultaneously so that interpretation is much deeper and broader than any other language. Additionally, Hebrew is the only language know to man that provides a 'numerical value' to each consonant and therefore each word has a numerical 'significance' ...additionally, words/sentences develop as it were numerical significance that can be recognized systematically throughout 'scripture'. This is know in the Hebrew as 'Gamatria'. Science utilizes mathematics in order to 'prove' hypotheses thereby rendering the 'provable/real. Hebrew/Aramaic through association yields this similar opportunity for removing the obscurity of the influence on semantics to reveal 'hidden' layers of meaning at various 'depths'. This is the realm of the teaching of the Zohar and is not very well know to 'modern man' simply because it shows 'movies' on a adapt persons 'heart' and is ALWAYS speaking allegorically & anthropromorphorically. Asking the wayfarer....what does this mean to you?! An since 'words fall on deaf ears' the heart of the man must be attuned to the sound of the guiding Light/Truth ...so few men/women these days care about much more than their income, new car, new house or anything else in the created 'world' that even considering there are 'other realms/worlds parallel to this one that are every bit as real as that which their eyes behold. But consider this......if a person, G-D forbid, was alive but devoid of their 5 senses ....would this 'world' exist for them? The answer is of course....no. Because without the use of the 5 sense none of 'this' does exist!. It only exists because our 'created senses' tell or inform us that what we see, smell, feel, hear, taste is 'real' when those sensory preceptors are no more ...and the 'spirit' that invigorates our bodies is all that is left...then the 'True Existence' becomes manifest as it were. One of the many features of the study/implementation of Zohar is that is affords the human the opportunity to witness or begin to see the 'hidden' realms of 'reality' even while he/she is still in the realm of 'Malchut' Hebrew for Kingdom.
So back to this rendering of the magnificent Zohar and an exegetical teaching of the Divine Eternal teaching of the Torah... for that is the format of the teaching of the 'original' Zohar having absolutely nothing to do with the Hollywood version. It is this ancient teaching of the Zohar....the hidden levels of the Torah given to man by the Supreme One of all that is known by the sensory perceptions of man....that R' Matt has spent many years of his life rendering in a language completely ill suited for the teaching the original Aramaic attempts to convey and if anyone would entice you to receive 'Zohar' teaching from them without pointing out that the Zohar is teaching the deeper levels of the Torah then rest assured that they DO NOT know the meaning of man's exsistance here on earth, it's purpose or it's result and what they would teach you is bogus.
R'Matt has to this date produced seven volumes in English replete with voluminous footnotes and reference to other works validating his interpretations and is a truly scholarly work worthy of the name of the work ....Zohar....Resplendent Light! Buy it, study it, try to fashion your thoughts, speech & actions in accordance with it's teachings and witness for yourself whether or not it is a much higher manner of existence leading one to a much higher more significant reason for man's development in & of the Kingdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume Seven 28 July 2013
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I will always rate Daniel Matt's work with 5 Stars! Right now I am almost through reading Parashat Tazri'a - "She Yields Seed" (Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59). There is so much here to try and digest. Many times, I am in awe in what I have read! So, I have had to put the book down and go back to it again later. It is good reading in my leisure time over the Sabbath. I read at my own pace. This Volume will keep me busy for the entire year. Sometimes I wish I was in a group studying the same works, but since that is not happening, I am very happy to rely on the Ruach HaKodesh to enlighten me and then meditate on what I have read. I want to nourish my soul and my mind as much as possible. The Zohar offers hope for the future and I am so glad that Daniel Matt and his many Helpers are bringing out the very best in what the Zohar has to offer.
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly excellent presentation 4 Jan 2014
By Manuel C. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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The scholarship and dedication to the project Daniel Matt has put into this translation, is worth collecting of the series alone. Coupled with the rebuilt Aramaic text available online for the volumes (Seven last I looked is not out yet) makes this a very desirable set to have for those involved in Hebrew textual studies. I continue to marvel at the wonders I continue to find with this translation. And the copious notes are amazing. If you haven't yet begun to use this set of texts you may want to get to gathering volume one is fading fast... Buy this entire set! You will not be sorry.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 21 Dec 2013
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The ongoing translation on the Zohar continues in English. In French it was begun by Charles Mopsik, who died alas after completing his translation of Genesis and Zohar on two Megillot. The reader who wants to know how Kabalah reads Scripture can go on thanks to Pr Matt's masterwork.
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