3 years ago • Mar 13, 2021

The Ethics of Tzimtzum

Rabbi David Kasher

Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781 Sermon. Embedded deep among all the very technical and repetitive instructions for building the Mishkan is the original source for an image used by Jewish mystics to explain how the world was created: The Tzimtzum, God’s great “contraction.” But the Tzimtzum is more than just a theological concept; it also forms an important model for ethical behavior, as we seek to imitate God in “contracting” to create space for someone else. And as we look closer at that original description of the Tzimtzum, we find that those ethics get complicated quickly.