Roger Stone has been brandishing a copy of the Zohar, claiming he hopes it will protect him from Fake News. He obviously doesn’t know much about the history of this book, otherwise the irony of doing this could scarcely have eluded even someone of his limited intellectual capacity. Because the Zohar is one of history’s most epic fakes.
So let’s talk about it.
The Zohar purports to be a book of mystical wisdom written in the 2nd century A.D. by the Jewish “sage” Shimon Bar Yochai who supposedly spent 7 years hiding in a cave from the Nazis, er I mean Romans.
It first came to public notice in 13th century Spain, when the Jew Moses de León claimed he was uncovering parts of ancient manuscripts long hidden in dusty archives. Needless to say, he sold these pages of “ancient wisdom” at great profit.
In fact, of course, he was writing it himself, using an archaic Aramaic style designed to convey an “authentic” expression of antiquity. The problem was that his Aramaic wasn’t so great. And his knowledge of the geography of Israel was a little shaky too. Not many people in 13th century Spain were able to pick up these anomalies (although some Jews did consider him a fraud from the start, and, after his death, his wife admitted the whole thing was a fake done to make money).
The errors of language and geography have since been raked over by scholars, including Jewish ones such as Gershom Scholem. It is now beyond any reasonable doubt that it was a fake. Despite this, many Jews still believe in it. In the canon of Judaic “great books”, it is up there behind only the Talmud and Torah. The believers are creative in coming up with excuses for the fake (maybe the language errors were made by later copyists, maybe his wife was lying, even if it was a fake it was still a divinely inspired one, etc.)
Moses de León’s fraud became the core text for study of the kabbalah. Even seemingly intelligent and well-educated Jews still believe this nonsense today. Take Michael Laitman, for example, one of the best known columnists in English-language Jewish media such as the Jerusalem Post. Despite his advanced scientific training, he still takes the Kabbalah and Zohar seriously and his columns are pervaded by traces of its magical thinking.
The Zohar and the offshoots it has spawned throughout history are a good illustration of the extraordinary power of the Jews not only to generate monumental frauds. but to invest emotionally and ideologically in those frauds, to create entire cults around them and to defend them against “heretics” who seek to bring the power of reason to bear against their industrialised lies.
Hundreds of thousands of crazy Jews routinely assemble at the supposed tomb of the supposed sage Shimon Bar Yochai, supposed author of the Zohar, a fake book. Check out these videos for a glimpse of the madness. Ask yourself if the candle-lighting reminds you of anything.
The entire narrative of Jewish history consists of a vast series of falsehoods, from the Exodus from Egypt to the Six Billion turned into lampshades and soap. But the power of Jews to infuse their lies with quasi-religious feeling gives them an epic quality and a strange, diabolical power.