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Creatio Ex Nihilo in the Zohar


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http://calba-savua.blogspot.com/2010/05/creatio-ex-nihilo-in-zohar.html

I'm currently reading Isaiah Tishby's The Wisdom of the Zohar (Mishnat ha-Zohar), an excellent anthology of material on different subjects from the Zohar, that key book of the Kabbalah, the predominant form of Jewish mysticism.

For beginners I would probably even recommend this over Daniel Matt's translation. This has the advantage of being organized thematically. Both of course are superb.

The following is a passage dealing with creatio ex nihilo, or creation from nothing. This conception is not quite as straightforward as standard Christian teaching has it. According to this passage there are two forms of creation, beriyah (creation), which is creation from nothing, and asiyah (making), or creation from something substantive. The body comes from nothing, the form from something substantive, i.e. light from above.

This topic has a bearing not only on understanding the evolution of Jewish beliefs on creatio ex nihilo, but also on any claims that the KFD drew from the Zohar which JS supposedly read.

Rabbi Tanhum began by quoting: "Thus says God, the Lord who created the heavens, and stretched them forth..." (Isaiah 42:5). When the Holy One, blessed be He, created His worlds, He created them from nothing, and brought them into actuality, and made substance out of them; and you find the word bara (He created) used always of something that He created from nothing, and brought into actuality.

Rav Hisda said: Were the heavens really created from nothing? Were they not created from the light above?*

Rabbi Tanhum said: It is so. The body of the heavens** was created from nothing, but their form from something substantive.*** And so it was with man.**** So you find "creation" used of the heavens, and subsequently "making": "To Him that made the heavens" (Psalm 136:5) - from something substantive, from the light above.

Rabbi Tanhum also said: "Making" is the provision of something with the size, stature, and quantity that it has, as it is said, "And David made a name for himself" (2 Samuel 8:13).

* From the light of the angels.

** The basic matter of the heavens.

*** From the supernal light.

**** Man's body is made from hylic matter, which is brought from potentiality into actuality, but his soul is derived from the light of the Throne of Glory.

-Zohar Hadash, Bereshit 17b, Midrash ha-Ne'elam.
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Well since I subscribe to JS KFD. I do not subscribe to ex nihilo. The advent of HF as a man then obtaining Godhood and doing the same for us only perpetuates that creation of each universe to me is the next heaven. Therfore each time we become Gods we create our own universes form material in our true world. No beginning and no end as we are gathered from intelligence. It's only HF applying his form of science and creating out of his time and space.

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The following is a passage dealing with creatio ex nihilo, or creation from nothing.

I had an epiphany whilst contemplating Ein, Ein Sof, Ein Sof Aur and the creation/formation. "Ein" means nothing. Sweet. It's like, code. Like everything else in Kabbalah. Therein lies the key.

What/Where did Adam Kadmon come from, in the 'creation' or 'formation'?

This conception is not quite as straightforward as standard Christian teaching has it.

That's as big an understatement as I think I've ever heard.

According to this passage there are two forms of creation, beriyah (creation), which is creation from nothing, and asiyah (making), or creation from something substantive. The body comes from nothing, the form from something substantive, i.e. light from above.

This topic has a bearing not only on understanding the evolution of Jewish beliefs on creatio ex nihilo, but also on any claims that the KFD drew from the Zohar which JS supposedly read.

-Zohar Hadash, Bereshit 17b, Midrash ha-Ne'elam.

The four (or five) worlds

For those who would dismiss Kabbalah, don't do it: Not gonna say it

HiJolly

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