Yehudah Ashlag
(4 Oct., 1886 – 6 Oct. 1954

The Zohar, a thirteenth century work, written in Aramaic, and central to Kabbalah thought and teachings remained out of reach to most students, because of the unfamiliar language and also because of the esoteric terminology of the original, until Yehuda Ashlag published a widely-acclaimed word-for-word Hebrew commentary, providing keys to understanding this work. Below is my translation of several excerpts from a talk given by Rabbi Ashlag that explains some basic Kabbalah principles.