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Who exploded the world? What should we do with the pieces?

World Puzzle

World Puzzle

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Topics: Tohu & Tikkun

This one is the key to everything. It was the most radical breakthrough in human thought since Abraham discovered that G_d was playing the universe interactively. This discovery was made by the supreme kabbalist, the Arizal (Rabbi Isaac Luria, 1534–1572) and it changed the way everyone thinks to this day.

Here's what I mean: Until the Arizal came up with this, the classic version of world theo-history was, "G_d made a nice world, but we messed it all up. So now, you better be good, because boy is He going to give it to those who made this mess."

Then the Arizal comes and turns everything upside down: "The whole mess is G_d's fault. He had a great idea, but it came out a big mess. And He put us here to clean up the mess and get His dream working."

Get it? In scenario A, G_d is the active party, and we are entirely passive. In scenario B, it's all up to us. That's a major revolution.

This idea is called tikun, meaning "fixing." The Arizal and his students spoke about every mitzvah as a way to fix something in the universe. Remember those nuggets of gold in The Gold Mine episode? Or the pearl in Deep Sea Diving? Those are references to the sparks of luminous vessels that fell from the primal world of Tohu.

Hey, why re-explain the whole thing here? Read Fallen Sparks and you'll get the whole idea. And then you'll see that just about everything we have to say about the world today is in the shadow of the Arizal's Big Idea.

Written and conceived by Tzvi Freeman. Rabbi Freeman is available for public speaking and workshops. Read more on his bio page.
Music by The Piamentas
Rabbi Infinity played by Andrew Torres
Animation and SFX by Pilar Newton of Pilar Toons
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October 31, 2009
I think it's over
The Rebbe said that all the sparks have alreay been uplifted and Moshiach is ready to come now. Amen!
Dave
Brooklyn, New York
jccaspen.com
January 15, 2009
the rainbow in the puzzle
rainbows are not a good sign
joshua
brighton, ma
November 15, 2008
For Eric
Where in Scripture does it say that only moshiach can restore this earth?
Rabbi Infinity
November 13, 2008
Where did Arizal come up with this? Where is this in scripture, a.k.a the tanach? Also, only moshiach can restore this earth. Shalom.
Eric
Easley, SC
May 29, 2008
Love This One
I enjoyed this cartoon a lot, Rabbi Infinity! I like the idea that we are now repairing the world... may the Jewish people--all of the Jewish people--be restored very soon. Health, balance, peace, joy, and a healthy sense of ahava Yisrael (I mean love of other Jews...I hope that is the right phrase).

We have a lot of work to do, but it is starting to look do-able. We can at least see now where the pieces fit together, mostly, and what we have to do is possible.
Melissa
Greenville, SC
May 25, 2008
this video is the best
chaya mushka goldman
May 23, 2008
Re: Rainbow
Rabbi Infinity
May 23, 2008
rabbis making sense..
pretty funny :)
Anonymous
May 22, 2008
rainbow
i thought rainbows are a sign that G-d gives instead of destroying the world like by the mabul? why is it in a "pefect world"?
Anonymous
May 22, 2008
Re: theory of theology
If there is a theology of Judaism, it's the Kabbalah. Everything else is just Jews trying to describe their beliefs within foreign paradigms. The language of Kabbalah is much more native.

However, the word theology implies that knowing G_d is one thing and knowing His creation is another. Kabbalah doesn't really make such a distinction: The creation is only an emanation of its Creator.

Don't know who those scholars are, but I ain't one of them.
Rabbi Infinity
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