God Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: An Essay on the 'Contraction' of God in Different Jewish Paradigms

In this wide-ranging essay, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Netanel Miles-Yépez explore the profound implications of the kabbalistic idea of Tzimtzum, the 'contraction' of God that allows for Creation, through different paradigms of Jewish belief over the centuries, and look at its function in Judaism and Jewish practice today.

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About Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was born in Zholkiew, Poland in 1924. Descended from a distinguished family of Belzer Hasidim, he was ordained by Habad-Lubavitch in 1947, and became one of the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe’s first outreach workers. He earned his MA from Boston University and his DHL from Hebrew Union College. He is professor emeritus of Psychology of Religion and Jewish Mysticism at Temple University and World Wisdom Chair holder emeritus at Naropa University. Today, he is widely known as the father of the Jewish Renewal movement, and considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Hasidism and Kabbalah.

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