Friday, June 8, 2012

God as Everything or Nothing

**Wrote this recently in response to a student's final assignment at Prozdor:

"Ein Sof," which literally means "without end" is used differently in different Jewish contexts. 

In Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), Ein Sof signifies God's utter infinitude, but within this infinitiude is the more traditional (Creator, Revealer, Redeemer) image of God in Judaism. 

In Richard Rubinstein "death-of-God" theology, he uses Ein Sof somewhat in the way you describe-- that we live in an infinite space/void that provides the stage for all reality, while not participating or directing the course of anything.

So, for some Ein Sof means "God is everything, and then some" and for others Ein Sof means "God is the void."  

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