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The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume One

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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 ex ...more
Hardcover, 584 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Stanford University Press
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Louise Silk
Feb 19, 2011 Louise Silk rated it really liked it
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The Zohar is a work of vast depth. It is believed to be created by the second-century Talmudic sage, Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai and authored by the Spanish Kabbalist, Moses de Leon before 1300.

The text presents a mystical interpretation of each chapter and verse of the Torah in a metaphysical reality map of the sefirotic tree of life. The sefirot are divine attributes that bridge The Infinite One to the finite human mind.

This edition by Daniel Matt is the most complete English translation availabl
Zachary Jones
Jan 28, 2011 Zachary Jones rated it really liked it
As a Hebrew student, but non-native reader, I found the Pritzker edition of the Zohar to be the best I've read.

The Zohar is a work of vast depth, and this edition did not substitute for a lack of knowing the allegorical subtleties of gematria. I'm sure the editors sought a balance regarding the amount of footnote material presented, give that this edition is 75% notes and 25% content.

Readers not familiar with the verse of Torah upon which the Zohar is commenting will need a torah/bible beside
Nov 19, 2007 Peter rated it it was amazing
The current religious publication project most likely to define the age; i.e., "That was published at the same time the Daniel Matt/Pritzker Zohar was published." A reference point. One of the most interesting books ever published?
Mar 06, 2009 Riobhcah rated it it was amazing
"How did the Holy One, Blessed Be He, create light...He wrapped himself in a Tallit of light." Awesome. This is an awesome translation of the absolute joy to read. The mystical tradition of Judaism is worth delving into and this is one awesome book with which to begin.
Mar 04, 2017 Wendy rated it really liked it
This was my go-to book of study for those impossibly difficult years. It is amazing subject matter.
John Richards
Nov 12, 2012 John Richards rated it it was amazing
This book is certainly and undertaking to read. It is not light reading by any means. I bought it because it goes deep into the study and explanation of one of the most important books of the Kabbalistic tradition, Sefer Ha Zohar (Book of Splendor). After a lengthy introduction, the Zohar coincides with the Torah Parshah (Portions read on a weekly or daily basis). I am thrilled to have this wonderfully written and detailed commentary of the primary text of Jewish Mysticism.
Abhinav Saxena
Oct 22, 2015 Abhinav Saxena rated it it was amazing
Am reading this and my eyes are opening to the grace each moment. Post Tantra theology and Indian divine systems this provides an amazing platform to bring lucidity to individuals knowledge. Very Very rich text Daniel has done a work of 2 lifetimes in one.

It will take 3,4 years to complete all 9 volumes. and then other works of Daniel C Matt.

May 05, 2013 Cornissa rated it it was amazing
This is the real stuff. Not some esoteric mumbo jumbo. This is Kabbalah. Every word is a reveleation, a hidden light to explore. The translation and presentation is excellent. Just for ultra serious students!
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James Schwartz
May 20, 2011 James Schwartz rated it it was amazing
The Zohar is a must read for poets. It gave me a better grasp on the metaphysical poets and philosophy.
Jun 26, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. Very thought provoking.
May 15, 2011 Anaïs rated it it was amazing
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This book never fails to astonish with every reading. Will write more when finished.
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Not for the faint at heart....
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very hard to read
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