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.

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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...