Zohar and Kabbalah

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  1. The style of the Zohar is to write "דכתיב" (as it is written) as if to quote a Pasuk verbatim but then paraphrase the Pasuk.[1]
  2. When the Talmud and Zohar contradict, the Radbaz[2] is well known for positing that one should follow the Talmud and Poskim.[3]
  3. Whereas one must generally understand his learning to fulfill the Mitzvah of Talmud Torah, reading Zohar fulfills the Mitzvah regardless of one's understanding, because although the meaning of the Zohar is hidden, the concepts are not. The Zohar is explicit Sod, unlike other parts of Torah.[4]


  1. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaTalmud 283)
  2. Shu"t HaRadbaz Siman 1111
  3. Yad Malachi (Klalei Shnei HaTalmudim 1), See Kenesset HaGedolah (Klalei HaPoskim 1), Radbaz (Siman 1151), Chacham Tzvi vol. 1 Siman 36, Magen Avraham 25:20, Shaarei Teshuvah Orach Chaim 25:14, Shulchan Aruch HaRav Orach Chaim 25:28, Kaf HaChaim (Orach Chaim 25:75), Sdei Chemed (Klalei HaPoskim 2:12), Shu"t Afarseka deAnya 2:101, Keter Rosh at the end Siman 15, Mishnah Berurah 3:11, Shu"t Yabia Omer (vol. 2 Orach Chaim 25:12), Tzitz Eliezer (vol. 21 Siman 5), Gevurat HaAri (R' Yaakov Hillel), Kuntress Yirat HaHoraah by Rav Reuven Yissachar Nissan (page 95, printed in the back of the new Mekavtziel of the Ben Ish Chai)
  4. Shem HaGedolim (Sefarim, Bet 33)