Eugene Fleischman Sotirescu has created a wonderful resource for reviewing vocabulary items from this website: flash cards and quizzes. We have also posted a revised and enlarged version of the Dictionary of the Haqdamah. As always we welcome your comments and suggestions. (See the About page if you are new to this website.)
(See the About page if you are new to this site.) The site continues to grow for your learning pleasure. The Grammar page now includes extensive information on verbs, and other new and updated material. On the Dictionary page, you will find a dictionary of the first part of the Zohar (the Haqdamah) and new vocabulary lists.
Your comments and feedback are requested. We know that more and more people are looking at this site; we want to know how you are using it and how we can make it a better resource for you. Please also let other people know about The Aramaic Language of the Zohar, on and off line.
As “webmaster” I (Justin) want to add that everything you see here is thanks to the selfless and ongoing efforts of independent scholar Judy Barrett. Please see the Tutoring/Donations page on ways to support her.
This website is part of a larger project to help people with little or no background in Aramaic or Hebrew learn to read the Zohar in the original.
Aramaic is an ancient Near Eastern language, closely related to Hebrew and Arabic. It is used in parts of the Bible and was the spoken language of Jesus of Nazareth. Some well-known Jewish prayers such as the Kaddish are in Aramaic. And, it is the major language of Kabbalah, especially of the Zohar, the fascinating book at the heart of this mystical tradition.
The site is a work in progress and we welcome all questions and suggestions.
Justin Jaron Lewis