Almost all modern Jewish academic scholars believe that De Leon himself authored the Zohar, although many Orthodox kabbalists continue to accept De Leon's attribution of it to Simeon bar Yochai.
With the Jewish entrance into the modern world, however-a world in which rational thinking was more highly esteemed than the mystical-kabbalah tended to be downgraded or ignored.In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest in kabbalah, and today it is commonly studied among Hasidic Jews, and among many non-Orthodox Jews who are part of the counterculture.The intensity with which Orthodox kabbalists hold this conviction was revealed to me once when I was arguing a point of Jewish law with an elderly religious scholar.He referred to a certain matter as being in the Torah, and when I asked him where, he said: "It's in the Zohar.On this series of admonitions, the Zohar comments: "Come and see the pure love of the Blessed Holy One for Israel. the Blessed Holy One said as follows: 'Israel, what should I do with you?
A parable: There was a king who had a single son who kept misbehaving. The king said, 'I have punished you so many times and you have not [changed]. If I banish you from the land and expel you from the kingdom, perhaps wild beasts or wolves or robbers will attack you and you will be no more. The only solution is that I and you together leave the land.' So . I have already punished you and you have not heeded Me.
For at a university, Lieberman said, "it is forbidden to have a course in nonsense.
But the history of nonsense, that is scholarship." Lieberman's caustic comment aside, kabbalah has long been one of the important areas of Jewish thought.
There are elements of kabbalah in the Bible, for example, in the opening chapter of Ezekiel, where the prophet describes his experience of the divine: "... I looked and lo, a stormy wind came sweeping out of the north-a huge cloud and flashing fire, surrounded by a radiance; and in the center of the fire, a gleam as of amber" (1:1,4).
The prophet then describes a divine chariot and the throne of God.
My phone rings and I hear the subdued voice of a close friend on the other line, “He said no. Eventually that abrasive word begins to grate on us.