Tzimtzum: the solution (part 1)

Ramchal begins his “solution” of the actual makeup of the Tzimtzum by first tying it in to the Sephirot which we’d focused on at length above.

He offers that the Sephirot are what came forth from the mystical space that occurred at the time of the Tzimtzum (Petach 29). We’ll discuss this “space” later on; suffice it to say that it came into being after and as a consequence of the Tzimtzum. In any event, this statement implies that without the Tzimtzum neither the Sephirot nor the universe they helped create and continue to govern could have existed outside of God’s own Being (Petach 24) which was the only existent until then.

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