Re: Research Query: Why is the image of an apple orchard central to Kabbalah (Zohar, Ari)? 

Indeed, G. Scholem believed that it is based on the BT Taanit 29b that you already mentioned in your question here (see Pirkei Yesod BeHavanat HaKabbalah, p. 134 n. 34). Yehuda Libes, however, developed it in his detailed discussion in a long f.n. in his article "HaMashiakh shel HaZohar", in: "HaRaayon HaMeshikhi beIsrael", pp. 146-148 n. 224.

Research Query: Why is the image of an apple orchard central to Kabbalah (Zohar, Ari)? 

Research Query: Why is the image of an "apple orchard" central to Kabbalah (Zohar, Ari)? True, the core idea of תפוחים (usually translated as apples) as relating to romantic love is found in Song of Songs 3, 3 and 8,5, but why does the Zohar refer to the Garden of Eden as ‘The Orchard of Holy Apples’ – קדישין תפוחין חקל Chakal Tapuchin Kadishin (e.g.

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