APPENDIX Z11: Birnbaumian Panentheism

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Birnbaumian Panentheism
Quest for Potential
is at the core of the Innite Divine.
The Innite Divine is synonymous with the
cosmic order.
Panentheism in Judaism*
“While mainstream Rabbinic Judaism is classically
and follows in the footsteps of the Aristotelian
theologian Maimonides,
the panentheistic conception of God can be found in
certain Jewish
mystical currents. A leading scholar of the
Kabbalah, Moshe Idel
(“Hasidism: Between Ecstacy and Magic,” SUNY, 1995, pp. 17–18),
ascribes this doctrine to the kabbalistic system of
Rabbi Moses
Cordovero (1522–1570) and
in the eighteenth century, Rabbi Israel
ben Eliezer, the Baal
Shem Tov, founder of the Hasidic movement,
as well as his contemporary, Rabbi Menahem Mendel, the Maggid of
Bar. There is some debate
as to whether Lurianic Kabbalah, with its
doctrine of tzimtzum, can
be regarded as panentheistic. According to
Hasidism, the Innite Ein Sof is incorporeal (has no body) and is both
transcendent and immanent….”
*Wikipedia online,
(accessed September 20, 2011)

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