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« on: 06/08/2008 09:55:43 »
Kabbalah Ein Sof (GOD) AND CREATION

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Isaac Luria’s theory of creation.

By Louis Jacobs

This selection from Louis Jacobs’ Jewish Ethics, Philosophy and Mysticism includes a translation from Hayyim Vital’s Etz Hayyim (Treatise 1, Part 2) with a commentary by Jacobs. The passages from Etz Hayyim are in bold, and Jacob’s commentary follows.

"It is reprinted with permission of the author"

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Know that before there was any emanation and before any creatures were created a simple higher light filled everything. There was no empty space in the form of a vacuum but all was filled with that simple infinite light. This infinite light had nothing in it of beginning or end but was all one simple, equally distributed light. This is known as “the light of Ein Sof.”
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There arose in His simple will the will to create worlds and produce emanations in order to realize His perfect acts, His names and His attributes. This was the purpose for which the worlds were created.

In the “simple light of Ein Sof” there emerged a will to create. (Note the way in which it is avoided saying that Ein Sof willed directly, because this is considered as touching on a mystery too deep for human understanding.)

Ein Sof then concentrated His being in the middle point, which was at the very center, and He withdrew that light, removing it in every direction away from that center point.

In the Lurianic kabbalah, creation is only possible by God withdrawing Himself. The logic is simple. Where there is God there cannot be any creatures since these would be overpowered by His majesty and swallowed up, as it were, into His being. This idea of Luria’s is known as tzimtzum (withdrawal).

There then remained around the very center point an empty space, a vacuum. This withdrawal was equidistant around that central empty point so that the space left empty was completely circular. It was not in the form of a square with right angles. For Ein Sof withdrew Himself in circular fashion, equidistant in all directions.

If the “empty space” left after Ein Sof’s withdrawal were to be depicted as a square this would suggest that after the withdrawal Ein Sof is nearer to the center at some points more than others, whereas the circumference of a circle is equidistant from the center at all its points.

The reason for this was that since the light of Ein Sof is equally spaced out it follows by necessity that His withdrawal should be equidistant in all directions and that He could not have withdrawn Himself in one direction to a greater extent than in any other. It is well known in the science of mathematics that there is no more equal figure than the circle. It is otherwise with the figure of a square, which has protruding right angles, or with a triangle or with any other figure. Consequently, the withdrawal of Ein Sof had to be in the form of a circle.

Ein Sof is infinite and it cannot, therefore, be said that He is nearer one point than another. The great difficulty here lies in the whole concept of a limitation of the Limitless.

Now after this withdrawal of Ein Sof (which left an empty space or vacuum in the very center of the light of Ein Sof, as we have said), there remained a place in which there could emerge the things to be emanated, to be created, to be formed and to be made. There then emerged a single straight line of light from His circular light and this came in a downward direction, winding down into that empty space.


Even after God’s withdrawal there has to be something of Ein Sof in the empty space otherwise nothing could exist there (nothing can exist without God’s power). Therefore a line of light (figuratively speaking, of course) is said to wind downward into the empty space. The figure is of a kind of deep hole in the center down into which the line of light winds itself. In the empty space left after Ein Sof’s withdrawal, the various worlds emerged. In the kabbalah there are four main worlds, corresponding to the four infinitives mentioned. These are:

1) The World of Emanation

(the realm of the Sefirot)

2) The World of Creation (lower in degree than the former);

3) The World of Formation (lower in degree than the first two);

4) The World of Action (or Making), the world as we know it, the physical universe (or, as many kabbalists understand it, the spiritual source or counterpart of this world of ours). All four worlds are seen as emerging in the empty space or vacuum.


"I find this concept interesting and not too far off currect thinking about creation etc.

Any comments?"

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« Reply #1 on: 06/08/2008 10:23:39 »
I don't think Kabbalah can be classed as a New Theory.

Plus, there's an error in what you've put.

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1) The World of Emanation

(the realm of the Sefirot)

There are 4 realms. The Realm of Emanations is Atziluth - there is no such thing as the realm of the Sefirot as they are present in all 4.
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« Reply #2 on: 06/08/2008 13:09:23 »
The Beav is correct (again!) Doesn't kabbalah go back to the 11th century?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 06/08/2008 14:07:15 »
I posted it in the New theory section of the site as I was not sure where to put it.

Move it if you like

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« Reply #4 on: 06/08/2008 15:10:59 »
Paul - 1 of the best known Kabbalistic texts, the Sefer Yetzirah, supposedly dates back to Abraham. It has certainly been part of the oral tradition of Kabbalism since Old Testament times.

The Sepher Zohar was widely used in the 15th century, although it is allegedly much older than that.

Another of the authoritative Kabbalah texts, the Shulkhan Arukh, was written in the late 15th/early 16th century by Rabbi Yosef Karo.

Please do not confuse Jewish Kabbalah with what Madonna and other misguided fools now dabble with. Their form of Kabbalah is no more than a cult akin to the Moonies (whatever happened to them?).
 

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« Reply #5 on: 06/08/2008 22:46:40 »
Were they associated with the cult of the Emitter Followers and, earlier in the twentieth century, the Cathode Followers? Now they certainly did talk sense.
They gave consistent results and you could prove their existence by turning on your wireless.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 07/08/2008 23:40:13 »
Were they associated with the cult of the Emitter Followers and, earlier in the twentieth century, the Cathode Followers? Now they certainly did talk sense.
They gave consistent results and you could prove their existence by turning on your wireless.

Ah, but you could never tell which door they entered through!

Didn't the Cathodes have a citadel at Montsegur?  :P
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« Reply #7 on: 09/08/2008 17:29:25 »
They studied the great Potential Divider and the Power of the Anode Load.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 09/08/2008 19:18:42 »
What about the Asymptotic Non-reciprocal Anode Load?
 

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« Reply #9 on: 09/08/2008 23:13:45 »
Where is the NEW and where is the THEORY?
 

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« Reply #10 on: 10/08/2008 11:04:44 »
Where is the NEW and where is the THEORY?

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« Reply #11 on: 14/08/2008 15:16:38 »
You know guys giving this "ancient theory another though in a vague way it makes some sense.Ein Sof which could equate to existence before the big bang, withdrew to allow for space to come into existence to allow for the universe to fill it.

The big bang brought the vacuum we refer to as space time with it.

Maybe another way of looking at it is Ein Sof (god/pre-big bang existence etc etc) sort of took a huge breath and made the vacuum.

Anyway allow me to have a little fun I am not propsing this in any serious light
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« Reply #12 on: 14/08/2008 17:03:46 »
That would make a nice myth though, sounds a bit norse.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 14/08/2008 17:26:18 »
That would make a nice myth though, sounds a bit norse.

No, there's no cow involved.
 

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« Reply #14 on: 14/08/2008 17:29:49 »
That would make a nice myth though, sounds a bit norse.

Strepsils may help!
 

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« Reply #15 on: 14/08/2008 17:42:01 »
That would make a nice myth though, sounds a bit norse.

Strepsils may help!

You silly boy.
 

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