The Kabbalah proposed a new creation narrative, one that gave new meaning to God’s presence in the world and man’s role there, while formulating a new language that explained the ongoing relation between the infinite and the finite or between God and man. The new creation narrative encompassed the dialectical concepts of overflowing infinite bounty (shefa) and finite contraction (tzimtzum).
Listening and letting go are the essence of organizational tzimtzum, which comes in many forms: Outsourcing; Coordination; Co-Creation.
The voluntary contraction of rabbinic leadership created a vacuum in which power often went out of control, resulting in shattering of many synagogue communities and many rabbi-congregation relationships.
Several years ago, a dear friend of mine devised a family Passover seder in the hope of provoking domestic drama. The basic idea went like this…
Live and let live is our answer to the diverse visions of prayer in our contemporary Jewish community. Let many options thrive, allow for diversity, and spare conflict.
What role might tzimtzum play in your synagogue infrastructure? What is the relationship of tzimtzum to the creation of the world and the existence of evil? In a “contracted” state, what are the core values and essential mandates of the Jewish federation system?