Kabbalists On The Book Of Zohar
The power of study of The Book Of Zohar eliminates all sentences from Above.
—Ravs of Jerusalem, year 5681 (1941)
Because Israel is destined to taste from the Tree of Life, which is the holy Book of Zohar, through it, they will be redeemed from exile.
—The Book of Zohar, Naso, Item 90
One who did not engage in the wisdom of truth, who did not want to learn it when his soul wanted to rise to the Garden of Eden, is rejected from there with disgrace. …And do not follow the example of the greatest in the Torah in the revealed who do not want to engage in this wisdom, since the words of our sages in the Midrash and in The Zohar are truer than the greatest in this generation.
—Sefer HaBrit (The Book of the Covenant), Part 2, Article 12, Chapter 5
Many fools escape from studying the secrets of the Ari and The Book of Zohar, which are our lives. If my people heeded me…they would delve in the study of The Book of Zohar…. They would revoke all the harsh sentences and would extend abundance and Light. The life of man depends on The Book of Zohar and the writings of the Ari, to study with sanctity, joy, and pleasantness, with fear and with love, each according to his attainment and holiness….
—Rav Yitzhak Yehudah Yehiel of Komarno,
Notzer Hesed (Keeping Mercy), Chapter 4, Teaching 20
Indeed, when the wisdom is left bare, abstruse words without understanding, another evil is born from that: Great sages leave it aside, since it is the nature of the wise to seek sober understanding and to know the depth of the issues, and not consent to mere words. And when they saw that there was nothing in the words to fill their desire, they said, “Why should we waste our time with the unattainable?”
Others have harmed even more: They not only loathed it, but defamed it, considering it gullibility that people have assumed, to encounter obscene and unacceptable things. Moreover, they have come to deny its essence and negate the Holy Zohar being composed by Rashbi (Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai) and his friends. And all this was because the words of the sages were alien in their eyes, until they considered the Tanaaim, the foundations of Rav Yitzhak Yehudah Yehiel of Komarnohe land, unworthy of attention.
—The Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzato (The Ramchal),
Shaarey Ramchal (Gates of the Ramchal), Introduction to the Article, “The Debate,” p 37