Question: Rashbi, the author of The Book of Zohar, lived during the time of the Roman Empire. As an ardent opponent of the Romans, he hid in a Cave in Pkiin for 12 years with his son. After 12 years, they left the cave, gathered eight more people, and wrote The Book of Zohar.
What is so special about this book? Why is it written in an encrypted language? Was it not possible to explain the need for unity of the people in a simpler way?
Answer: No. This book is not about the unity of the people. This is a technique of exaltation of the soul, not an ideological treatise on how to attract people, bring them closer, and explain to them that they need to unite.
Question: What does exaltation of the soul mean? Is this not a union with others?
Answer: Exaltation of the soul occurs when a person, together with other people like him, rush to the Creator, that is, to a single force. So, they unite among themselves.
That is, The Book of Zohar is not intended to educate common people. It describes the comprehension of those who are already in a union.
Question: Can we say that this book is a technique for correcting egoism?
Answer: No. It talks about how, as a result of a gradual, step by step correction of egoism, a person reveals the upper force.
Question: Why, let’s say, are the Mishnah or Talmud intended for the education of the people, but The Book of Zohar is not? What is the difference?
Answer: The Mishnah is written in a completely different language. It does not oblige anything: just teach it and that’s it. We see that people still study the Mishnah, but it does not change the people at their roots.
Question: That is, the Mishnah is written in a simple historical language. Do people understand its stories and parables?
Answer: Yes. It reflects the spiritual world in an allegorical form.
Question: The Book of Zohar speaks of all kinds of abstract phenomena divorced from the life of an ordinary person. The Kabbalistic language describes Sefirot, Partzufim, etc. Was it hidden because of that, and people could not understand it?
Answer: No. It was supposed to be open only when humanity really became worthy to use it for spiritual ascent.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 8/7/19