Question: What does it mean to make efforts while reading The Book of Zohar?
Answer: While reading The Zohar, we have to identify with the book’s narration as much as possible. The Zohar talks about ascent up the spiritual degrees, about the qualities that a person must have in order to be on those degrees.
We want to attain these levels in order for them to be revealed in us. While I read The Zohar, what do I want to be filled by? What are all of these qualities that I read about, such as HaGaT, NeHY, Tifferet, and Malchut? What should I identify myself with?
This is called a desire to know what I study, meaning to unite with it. That is how we awaken the Light from these high states, causing it to influence us.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/9/11, The Zohar