extract from Book I Foreword
Published on 28 Dec 2008 at 11:30 am.
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* Book I (1988) of Summa Metaphysica
â€œBirnbaumâ€™s proposed solution to the question of divine origins, to the mystery of the kabbalistsâ€™ En Sof (the infinite theistic principle giving rise to the God of Israel) is that â€œHoly Potential is at the epicenter of the Divine,â€ that God is, by His very nature, potential and possibility, â€˜transcending, space, time and cosmos,â€ and ever-surging towards greater actuality. Birnbaum bases his thesis, in part, on the name by which God first became known to Moses and Israel: Eheye Asher Eheyeh, â€œI-will-be-that-which-I-will beâ€ (Exodus 3:13-14) which he sees as a prooftext for his claim that potential is the holiest state of the Divine. Birnbaum sees the kabbalistsâ€™ sefirot as â€œprimal quests for potentialityâ€ which bridge the gap from â€œemptinessâ€ to â€œsomethingness,â€ and thereby become the vehicles of creation.â€
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