Question: What is the correct way to read Kabbalistic books if you are not yet familiar with Kabbalistic terminology?
Answer: The approach is the same as in regular studies—the gradual acquisition of skills.
I remember the first time I came to Kabbalah classes. I was told: “Sit down, open the book, read.” I opened it. It was An Introduction to the Science of Kabbalah, one of the prefaces to The Book of Zohar. We began to read. And that is all. No introduction, no preparation.
It is different today. There are introductory conversations and preliminary events. And before, everything was very simple: if you want, sit down and read.
Question: Perhaps that is why there are lighter books that you can use before you start the serious literature?
Answer: Yes, there are a lot of such books today. But I personally believe that it is necessary to teach the way I was taught.
From KabTV’s “Questions about Kabbalistic Books” 10/22/19