Sunday, May 18, 2008


One, Many, and Him - More

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

maimon commented...

"The creation is many, it is one, and it is Him."

Sounds like avoda zara. You are stating that HaShem is the creation. How could HaShem be the creation if He created the creation? Additionally if HaShem is the creation, and HaShem is eternal than that means the 'creation' eternally existed (Bereishis explictly states otherwise). Additionally consistent with your logic, we should chas v'shalom be worshipping the creation... sounds more like Hinduism or something like that, than Judaism.

You ask questions that have been answered many times. Please take the time to read the previous postings regarding this subject, especially the ones entitled "Idolatry" and "There Is Only One Infinite."

Most briefly stated, "All of existence is Hashem Blessed Be He." This is a well known statement often stated by the teachers of the mystical aspects of Torah. On his first page Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, zt"l (the Kedushas Levi) wrote, "The most important thing to remember is that G-d created all and that He is all."

The particular piece you are questioning can be seen discussed by the Lubvitcher Rebbe in a maamar from the year mem daled on the parsha Haazinu. You will see there almost the exact explanation that is found in the posting that you question.

If after reading these postings and other sources you still have any questions, feel free to write. By the way, this has been an ongoing argument between the Chassidic teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and his opponents.

Be well and Shavua Tov,

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Anonymous said...

"is a well known statement often stated by the teachers of the mystical aspects of Torah."

Which teachers outside of the teachers of chassidus would this be?

Gutman said...

I have heard it often from R' Abis Zenwort who has written over fifty books on the Zohar. I have also heard it many times from R' Moshe Luria (grandson of the Ari) who has authored some fifty books on the Kabalah.

Anonymous said...

I would appreciate a source with a quote. I have not heard this claim of "G-d is everything" outside of chassidus. An exact quote from the Vilna Gaon or the Ramchal on the Ashkenazi side, or the Rashash on the Sephardi side, would show that this is a universal kabbalistic teaching.

Anonymous said...

Rambam says this explicitly..." The foundation of all foundations and the pillar of all chochma is to know that that there is a singular existence (G-d)which makes exist all existence"...and then..."All existance from the heaven to earth and what is in between are not in existance only from the essence of that which truly exists"

Anonymous said...

Perhaps your article contradicts itself. It says that this is a standard teaching in the mystical school, and then you write that that this is a main disagreement between the Baal Shem Tov's students and their opponents. Perhaps you are ignoring the fact that there are Jewish mystics outside of the chassidus school. It is telling if you cannot find an explicit quote in the Kitvei Ari regarding this claim, as this is a well that all sides drink from.

Leor from Brooklyn said...

In order for creation to have even occurred, Hashem had to allow the concept of "creation" - the fact that something can even be created - to exist.

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