Question & Answer With Rabbi Lazer Brody - "A Small Shtickel Of Zohar"
A Simple Jew asks:
In my learning of Degel Machaneh Ephraim, I came across a teaching in the Likkutim section where the Degel wrote that it is beneficial for the neshoma to recite the words of the Holy Zohar even if one does not understand the words. This seems to be right in line with what you told me about the Melitzer Rebbe who said that a small shtickel of Zohar - even simply said in girsa - serves to purify the soul and is wonderful for kedusha and yiras shamayim.
Additionally, in Parshas Ki Sissa, the Degel recommended learning immediately after one finishes davening. Given these two teachings, would you recommend that I try to learn a small shtickel of Zohar after I daven each day? Or would this be problematic since even though I am married and have children, I am not 40 years-old and have not mastered all of Shas?
If you believe that I should take on this practice, perhaps I could use the volume of Zohar with the Sulam's commentary that I bought on Lag B'Omer in Meron in 1994. What do you think?
Rabbi Lazer Brody answers:
It's best to learn Zohar after midnight, but if you can't, try learning it in the morning early before davening. If that's not possible, do it after davening. The more you immerse in a mikva, the better. You don't need to be 40 for Zohar; Rabbi Raphael Abu Chatzira shlit'a told me that his memorable father - Baba Meir zatza'l - taught him and his brothers Zohar from age 8. Indeed, the Melitzer says in the name of his great grandfathers the Degel and the Baal Shem Tov that even simple recitation of the Zohar is conducive to purifying the soul. The Zohar with the Sulam is superb, SJ. With blessings for a wonderful Pesach, LB