tzimtzum

Pronunciations

tzimtzum (TZEEM-tzoom) listen
tzimtzum (tzeem-TZOOM) listen
tsimtsum (TSIM-tsoom) listen

Definitions

  • n. The theory of creation, in Lurianic Kabbalah, that G-d withdrew Himself to enable the creation of the universe.

Example Sentences

  • "In the shiyur today, we learned that the Gra (Rabbi Elijah of Vilna) understands that tzimtzum is to be understood literally."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • צמצום tzimtzum 'contraction'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      tsimtsum

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