Saturday, December 10, 2011
Enabling the World to Survive
Interesting comment on Jewish mystic thinking (the book of Zohar). The Bible suggests that before this world was created and allowed to exist, there were several other creations that failed. According to the Zohar, those former worlds could not stand on their own so they ceased to exist. Their collapses stemmed from the absence of internal harmony, from an imbalance between mercy and justice, masculinity and femininity - the building blocks upon which reality is founded.
What emerges here is the essence of the Zohar's almost ideological viewpoint, which sees marriage as an absolute necessity. Bachelorhood is a sin because it is imbalance, a world that cannot, as it were, stand on its own feet. Whereas the bachelor collapses, the married one, who obeys the commandment of "Be fruitful and multiply," enables the world to survive. Pic: Tomb of the kabbalist Luzzato ("The Ramchal").