In addition to the original Cabalistic revelations of the Zohar and other related works, Jewry in the sixteenth century became privileged to receive a whole new series of revelations which still continue to inform and inspire world Jewry. The recipient of these mystic revelations was one of the outstanding scholars and saints of his generation, and his Cabalah, his mystic teachings, form the most widely accepted school of Cabalah to this day. His name was Rav Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi, or as he is commonly referred to, HaAshkenazi Rav Yitzchak or alternately HaElokee, Rav Yitzchak, the man of G-d, Rav Yitzchak, the first letters forming the acronym Ari, the lion, for short, or as he is commonly known: the Arizal, HaElokee, Rav Yitzchak Zichrono Livrocho. His story and that of his most trusted disciple, Rav Chaim Vital, and the elucidation of some of his lofty concepts, including tzimtzum, are the subjects of this lecture.
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