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Zohar Hadash, 105a (Matnitin)

Jewish Mysticism
Who are the enlightened? Those who know how to contemplate (le-’istakkala’) the glory of their Master and know the secret of Wisdom, to enter without shame into the world-to-come. These shine like the upper splendor. And it says “the enlightened” (ha-maskilim) rather than “the knowers” (ha-yode‘im) for these verily are they who contemplate (mistakla’an) the inner, hidden secrets which are not disclosed or transmitted to every person. He who is worthy of contemplating them with his understanding is illuminated and shines with the crown of the splendor which is supernal to all. There is no splendor that shines like this, there is no splendor that shines upon this world like that splendor. This is the splendor of Torah, the splendor of the masters of wisdom who inherit this world over everything. They exit and enter into all the treasures of their Master and there is no one to prevent them.

Translated by Elliot Wolfson in Through a Speculum that Shines- Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism, Princeton- Princeton University Press, 1994.

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