An Opportunity for Redemption
The redemption of Israel [realization of the aspiration to the Creator] and the rise of Israel [fulfillment with the Light] depend on the study of The Zohar and the internality of the Torah. And vise versa, all the destruction and the decline of the Children of Israel are because they have abandoned the internality of the Torah. They have degraded its merit and made it seemingly redundant [and since the nations are subconsciously expecting it from us, if we we do not supply them with the means of attaining the upper world, they deem Israel unnecessary in this world].
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 69