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.