Zimzum
(179 words)

[German Version]

(“divine contraction”), is one of the most profound and influential terms in Lurianic Kabbalah (II; I. Luria). It denotes the first step leading from the infinity of the eternal Godhead (En Sof) to the emanation of the divine powers and the earthly world. According to Luria, the zimzum is a negative process: it signifies the contraction of the infinite divine into itself, to create an empty space (tehiru) into which the divine light can flow and shape the Sefirot. In the original Lurianic myth this was a cathartic process in which potentially evil elements …

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Dan, Joseph, “Zimzum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026529>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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