Most people associate the term “sephardic” with people who came from Spain. Not true. A total misconception and mistake. The only reason why the word “sephardic” is connected to Spain is because the Zohar was revealed publicly in Spain in the 13th century, for the first time in history.
Which leads to a question: What’s the connection between the Zohar and the term “sephardic”? The answer has been kept secret since biblical times. Literally. And most of the world suffered because of it. And anyone who tries to tell you different is only prolonging the suffering of the world. So what follows is an ancient secret known only to the Kabbalists and now being made public for the first time ever. No longer will the opponents of Kabbalah be allowed to prevent these truths from being revealed publicly. You ready? Here we go:
There are four levels to grasping the meaning of the scroll of the Torah and Bible. In Hebrew, these four levels are known as:
1. P’shat (Literal meaning of the biblical stories)
2. Remes (Hints and subtle allusions in each story)
3. D’rush (An interpretation of the story, such as the Talmud)
4. Sod (The true mystical secrets of the Torah as revealed in the Zohar)
If you take the first letter from each Hebrew word (P. R. D. S.) it spells the word PARDES.
This means paradise or orchard.This is the traditional way of learning the bible amongst most Jews. In other words, you begin with the literal meaning and then slowly progress deeper.
Except that’s been a problem. Big time. And Rav Shimon bar Yohai, the author of the Zohar, says whoever reads the Bible literally is a fool and it would have been better if such a person had never been born. His words, not mine.
The Kabbalists, on the other hand, say we must begin with the inner soul, the secrets of the Bible, which is the Zohar, for this will bring regular people including, scoundrels, crooks, sinners, rascals, thieves and plain simple honest folks, back to the truth, back to the source of all Creation…the Light of the Creator!
Now watch this:
If we rearrange the order of the four levels and move the Hebrew word for secret (SOD) to the very top level, the entire word of PARDES transforms into the word SEPHARAD in Hebrew. Sephardics are those who embrace the Zohar FIRST! They are people who do not limit themselves to a literal meaning of the Bible; people who have no time to sit in a religious school and study Biblical interpretation.
It’s for regular folks, who might be far away from the Creator because they have seen the corruption of religion; they have seen rites and rituals without any explanation and blind faith which has led to nothing but war and bloodshed throughout human history. It’s for people fed up with that same ignorant answer when they ask why we perform certain rituals and rites associated with a religion: “Because it’s written.”
Sephardic refers to people who have a desire to reconnect to truth and the hidden reality called the 99% (because 99% of reality exists there) which is the source of the human imagination and all joy, happiness, healing and life. The Zohar promises and guarantees and assures that those who embrace it with a pure heart and genuine dedication, they will receive blessings, protection, good fortune and the transformation of their soul.
It will be painful on the ego for a while. Sometimes real painful on the ego. And there will be obstacles and tests. Every step of the way. But the challenges will only provoke the ego within — the Adversary — as opposed to creating pain in one’s emotional, soul or family life. Not a bad trade off. Especially in these dangerous times.
Now you know the secret: Anyone who embraces and welcomes the Zohar into their life is called Sephardic. The people of Spain, Morocco and Tunisia were examples of the people who embraced the Zohar. The Jews of eastern Europe, for the most part, spurned the Zohar. In the 1930s, Kabbalist Rav Yehuda Ashlag sent a letter to the leading Rabbis of Europe warning them “That there is a black cloud hovering over European Jewry.” Those were his exact words. Rav Ashlag said this darkness was “Unlike any darkness in history.” He urged the Rabbis to distribute the Zohar all over Europe. He was ridiculed. Meanwhile, in Morocco, in Casablanca, there were at least five locations where the Sephardics scanned and chanted Zohar 24 hours a day in relay teams. This was prior to the outbreak of war.
Let’s now turn back the clock and catch glimpse of a miracle that took place in Morocco through the power of the Zohar during the darkest days of the 20th century—World War II: