Daily Zohar # 1929 – Ha’azinu – The study and teaching method of Rabbi Shimon
The Zohar discusses the study method of the sages. They had the knowledge of Kabbalah and the ways the spiritual system works but they concealed their explanations with names from the world around them, using external wisdom. Rabbi Shimon used the names and verses of the Torah in his explanation as well as his students.
At early times it was easy to access the wisdom of Kabbalah and the spiritual system even without the use of Torah words.
Rabbi Shimon explains that with his prayers and by following the words of the Torah he was able to reveal greater secrets of Kabbalah.
The Daily Zohar follows the methods of Rabbi Shimon and the Zohar. I bring the Torah verses that the Zohar refers to in the study and expand the explanation from there. I’m aware of the difficulties of students with little or no knowledge of Hebrew and Torah. The seed energy (Keter) is always in the Torah so it’s better to connect to Torah and branch out from there.
Unfortunately many Kabbalah teachers especially those who teach in languages other than Hebrew don’t use the Zohar text because the average student in their classroom doesn’t understand the deeper meaning and terms in hebrew and Aramaic. To keep the students coming and paying for the classes they provide highly diluted Zohar. It’s not good. They should connect the students to the text and the roots in the Bible, before explaining in simple language.
Some teachers focus on stories and aspects of ‘be good and sharing person’. It’s good teaching for the basic level but if a person wants to revel Light in his or her life then they must stay close to the Zohar. Even if one doesn’t understand the text, he must connect to it. The more Zohar study the more Light and energy of life are revealed in their life.