The Aramaic Language of the Zohar

Resources for studying Kabbalah in the original language


Resources for studying the Zohar in the original. Let us know about others you have found helpful.


Daniel Matt’s Zohar Glossary

This is an amazing resource by the author of the best scholarly translation of the Zohar (the Pritzker Edition). Note, the Aramaic (and Hebrew) words and roots appear in transliteration and in English alphabetical order.

Matt Zohar Glossary Part 1 (A – N)

Matt Zohar Glossary Part 2 (O – S)

Matt Zohar Glossary Part 3 (T – Z)


The Zohar in Aramaic

Aramaic Text of the Zohar: Daniel Matt’s Critical Edition (in progress) in pdf files

One gigantic pdf file of a non-academic edition of the Zohar with vowels and Hebrew translation

The same edition with vowels, in bite-size pieces: click on the days of the year in order, each links to a pdf of about 40 pages

Digitized view of a manuscript of the Zohar from the 1400s, later owned by Shabbetai Tzvi, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Room, University of Toronto – source of the header and background images on this website


Aramaic-English Dictionaries

Cook, Edward. A Glossary of Targum Onkelos. (Leiden/Boston: 2008)

Jastrow, Marcus. A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic  Literature. ( Brooklyn: 1982)


Hebrew Lexicons of Words in the Zohar

Baer, Issachar. Imrei Binah (Prague: 1611)

Hagahot/Marginal Comments. Derekh Emet, manuscript. (Venice: 1662)

Isaiah ben Eli’ezer Hayyim Nizza. Yesha Yah. (Venice: 1637)

Liebes, Yehuda.  Perakim be-Millon Sefer ha-Zohar [Chapters in the Lexicon of the Zohar] (Jerusalem: 1977)

Lonzano, Menahem ben Judah de. Ma’arikh. (Leipzig: 1883)

Luria, David. ”Ve-Ye’esof David.” Addendum to Ma’amar Qadmut Sefer ha-Zohar by David Luria, 76-85.   (Warsaw: 1887)

”Miktzat Millot Zarot she-be-Sefer ha-Zohar.” [Foreign Words in the Zohar]. Reprinted in Kevutzat Hakhamim, pp.92-97. (Vienna: 1861)

Scholem Card Index/Catalog by Gershom Scholem.This is a resource for the serious researcher: Digital reproduction of approximately 5,800 index cards in the handwriting of the great academic scholar of Kabbalah, Gershom Scholem, listing words and examples of their usage in all 5 volumes of the Zohar. The cards often contain a Hebrew translation and its usage in the Bible, rabbinic literature, and kabbalistic works, especially the writings of Moses de Leon. The cards are searchable alphabetically (e.g., all of the alef cards, all of the bet cards) and, within their initial letter, by groups of ten. The card size may be enlarged by right clicking. At present there is no index of the words and no way to search for individual words. Note that some terms may not be found in Matt’s critical text due to ms. variations. The content of this collection is described by Yehudah Liebes at this link.


Grammar of the Zohar

English translation  of Ch.1-3 by Jeff Berry of Menahem Kaddari. Dikduk ha-lashon ha-Aramit shel ha-Zohar.  (Jerusalem: 1971)


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