He was a Spanish rabbi and Kabbalist who is thought of as the composer or redactor of the Zohar. It is a matter of controversy if the Zohar is his own work, or that he committed traditions going back to Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai in writing.

To Moshe De Leon was also attributed Shaarei Tzedek (Gates of Righteousness), even if he probably was not its original author.

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