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  • Ethical rule number one is that the more power someone has in a relationship the more incumbent upon them it is to make room for the other: To do what Jewish wisdom calls tzimtzum -- self contraction.

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  • * And then the concept of tzimtzum, the Hebrew word for contraction, a spiritual pulling back by the Eternal to yield spiritual space for existence.


  • First there was the sixteenth-century kabbalist Isaac Luria's notion of "tzimtzum," that is, the primordial kenotic space of Divine contraction out of which the pairs of opposites constituting the universe were said to arise.

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  • However, in other teachings he explains that tzimtzum offers the devotee the opportunity to become a more active participant in shaping a life of holiness and to work with the Divine to sanctify all of existence.

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  • In the mystical terminology of Hasidism, God functions from within a state of tzimtzum veiled appearance, active but not easily perceptible to the seeker.

    Rabbi Or Rose: Divine Light And Human Hands: A Mystical Teaching On Hanukkah

  • What I do know is that the religious language of Divine-human partnership, of tzimtzum and of hidden light has helped me to cultivate a sense of personal responsibility, of humility and of hope.

    Rabbi Or Rose: Divine Light And Human Hands: A Mystical Teaching On Hanukkah

  • And of course, another alternative is to regard our universe as formed, as it were, in the womb of God using the imagery popularized in recent times by Jürgen Moltmann, that of the Kabbalistic concept of zimzum or tzimtzum, so that our universe may indeed be evolving, but may be within the matrix of a larger divine reality.

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  • It is this tzimtzum that masks the unity of the creation and allows the slack or leeway in the system.


  • In the Kabbala we find the suggestion that bad things happen because God has pulled back from the world - tzimtzum - to make room for the finite.

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  • The trauma of exile and God's apparent unwillingness to intervene directly again was the historical context for Isaac Luria's model of tzimtzum, or divine withdrawal.

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  • In Jewish Mysticism, Tzimtzum (צמצו�? Hebrew: "contraction" or "constriction") refers to the notion in the Kabbalistic theory of creation that God "contracted" his infinite light in order to allow for a "conceptual space" in which a finite, seemingly independent world could exist.

    The function of the Tzimtzum was "to conceal from created beings the activating force within them, enabling them to exist as tangible entities, instead of being utterly nullified within their source" 1. The tzimtzum produced the required "vacated space" (chalal panui חלל פנוי, chalal חלל), devoid of direct awareness of God's presence.

    July 6, 2008