Tzimtzum: A Kabbalistic Approach

By Rachel Elior

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, January 2010

This piece explores the kabbalistic tradition as it relates to creation. The piece describes how the notion of tzimtzum (contraction or letting go) is a kabbalistic term that originated in the Lurianic Kabbalah of Safed. It addresses God's role in the world in reference to creation and also asserts that God contracted himself in order to give space for the creative process.

Topic: Theology, Values

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 40/665

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Elior, Rachel. Tzimtzum: A Kabbalistic Approach. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. January 2010:


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