This Day in Jewish History || Print puts the Zohar in reach of the masses
Controversy still surrounds the foundation text of Jewish mysticism, which was first printed in 1558 and written nearly 300 — or 1,400 — years earlier.
On August 4, 1558, the first print edition of the Zohar appeared, though its origins lay centuries earlier, in the Jewish community of Spain. The book’s publication had the effect of popularizing the study of kabbala, a Jewish form of mysticism and messianism a popularized version of which became quite the fad among the glitterati starting in the...
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