Question: Why did Rabbi Shimon and his disciples need to sit in a cave to write The Book of Zohar?
Answer: First, a cave is a special state. There is a very useful microclimate for human health. After all, we are all from the earth. You can’t do anything, everything is made of dust.
Previously, people lived in caves. And sometimes they hid there. There were times when they had to hide from both internal and external enemies since they were engaged in Kabbalah at a time when the people of Israel had already fallen from the spiritual level to the material one.
Haters of Kabbalah began to appear among the people. They pledged Kabbalists to foreign authorities, the Romans, and Kabbalists were forced to avoid them.
But the main thing are internal enemies. The Romans didn’t care what the ten destitute people were doing sitting somewhere in a cave with their scrolls. They knew little about this. The internal enemies are the Jews who sold them out.
In such conditions, The Book of Zohar was written, a book of incredible power, enormous in volume. Probably only 5% of what was written by them reached us.
It included Kabbalistic commentaries on all the constituent parts: the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Holy Scriptures. And we got only a small part, a commentary on the Pentateuch. But even that is enough!
Question: Is it an accident that only a commentary on the Pentateuch remained?
Answer: No. What was left for us should have stayed. There is nothing random in the world. Absolutely everything manifests itself under the influence of higher forces. And what we need is what we get.
Question: Why was there a comment on the first part?
Answer: Because it is fundamental, the most effective. And that’s really enough for us. We would not have coped with all the volume that exists in The Book of Zohar.
It is possible that in the future we will somehow reveal the rest of it. Maybe it will manifest itself somehow. But so far we do not need this.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #2