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Lurianic Creation Myths

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This chapter discusses Lurianic creation myths. The Lurianic account of creation is found principally in two myths, the contraction of the deity, and the breaking of the vessels which is unique to the Lurianic Cabala. A comparison of the contraction that takes place in the primordial man with the original contraction of the deity sheds additional light on the original contraction. The difficulties encountered in the world of akudim illustrate the Lurianic understanding of the incommensurability of the infinite light with any finite object. The Lurianic corpus uses the language of the earlier Cabalistic sources to express a notion of a deity conceived in human terms, whose revelation in man provides the impetus for the creation. Thus the Lurianic corpus attempts to provide a unified theory that integrates diverse fields of human thought: cosmology, history, ethics and metaphysics within the single framework of man's relation to God.

Keywords: akudim; deity contraction; Lurianic corpus; Lurianic creation myths; primordial man; vessels

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