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Wednesday, October 26, 2011


TZIMTZUM: " tzimtzum, of God's self limitation, states that the primeval act of creation by God was not one in which the Infinite left its mysterious depths, an act of emanation from within to without, as in early Kabbalah, but that this primal step was in fact "the contraction of the Infinite from Himself to Himself," an act of self-gathering and contraction within Himself in order to create the possibility of the processes of the world....Only after this act of contraction does the Infinite turn outwards, sending a thread of the light of His essence into the primeval void created by tzimtzum, from which there emanate the sefirot.
The process of the world is created and developed in all of its stages through the meeting of the lights "

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