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A basic philosophical necessity in an Infinite Being creating a finite universe is the concept of tzimtzum, which is a simple enough concept that it needs no further explanation here.

What I'm wondering is, the majority opinion as recorded in Bechoros 17a is that it is impossible to do tzimtzum!

חכמים אומרים: אי אפשר לצמצם

So, how could G-d have created the world if tzimtzum is impossible?


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    Some fodder for an answer - R' Shimon Bar Yochai (author of Zohar) holds like R' Yosi Haglili that tzimtzum is possible. – Y     e     z Feb 28 '17 at 5:39
  • Obviously, the world was not created. It is an illusion that we even exist. – sabbahillel Feb 28 '17 at 10:38
  • @sabbahillel It is called Olam Hasheker – larry909 Feb 28 '17 at 12:30
  • This is why one needs to believe in alternate dimensions. In one world it is shayach to be M'tzamztem . This world it's not – Shoel U'Meishiv Mar 2 '17 at 15:49
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Interestingly this can be answered from the first sugya in the gemara there.

אמרי דבי רבי ינאי לרבי יוסי הגלילי שמעינן ליה דאמר אפשר לצמצם בידי שמים וכ''ש בידי אדם ורבנן בידי שמים אי אפשר לצמצם בידי אדם מאי 

Now, although this initially seems to sound more impossible, being that we attribute more ability for tzimtzum to people than heaven, the fact of the matter is, this is not true.

What the sugya calls 'in the hands of heaven' are acts within nature such as the example there, an animal giving birth. What the sugya calls 'in the hands of man' refers to an act done with conscious intention.

Therefore Hashem's tzimitzum was certainly able to be performed. Firstly it was a conscious act. Secondly nature was not created yet so there was no 'in the hands of heaven' as referred to in the gemara.

  • And to think, my question got you to 20k! Yashar koach! – Y     e     z Mar 3 '17 at 3:25
  • Yiyasher kochacha!:) – user6591 Mar 3 '17 at 3:31

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