Rav Shmueli: Learning Zohar Can Cancel Decrees
In his latest Shiur (between the 23:30 and 30:30 marks), Rav Shmueli says that Am Yisrael has so many Tzarot - from within and from without - both physical and spiritual.
There is only one way to annul the decrees against us.
We start our Torah portion והיה עקב תשמעון - if you want והיה (the letters of Hashem's name that signifies mercy) in עקב (meaning עקבתא דמשיחא - the footsteps of Mashiah, which is the period we're in now), you need תשמעון (which can be read as a Notrikon of "תורת שמעון", meaning the Torah of Ribbi Shimon Bar Yohai, i.e. the Zohar Hakadosh).
This can be stated in conjunction with the oft-repeated quote of Rav Shmueli from the Zohar which I mentioned previously and he repeats again in this shiur:
ובגין דעתידין ישראל למטעם מאילנא דחיי דאיהו האי ספר הזהר יפקון ביה מן גלותא ברחמי
He further noted that the Hafetz Hayim told his non-married students to learn the Zohar on the Torah portion of that week each week. This seems to prove that you don't need to be married or 40 years old to learn Zohar. Rav Shmueli says that learning Zohar is not learning Kabbala. Zohar is "Avi Avot Hakabbala" (the grandfather of Kabbala), he says.
May the Zechut of learning the Zohar bring the Ge'ula ever closer.