Rabbi Elimelech Zweibel OBM was one of Chabad's most influential thinkers. For the past thirty-five years, Rabbi Zweibel has been a teacher and spiritual mentor of a generation of Chabad Rabbis at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ. He has taught both Chassidic philosophy and Talmudic studies.
In earlier years, Rabbi Zweibel was a member of a group who initially looked over the discourses of the Lubavitcher Rebbe before they went for official editing to the Rebbe himself. He was one of the major contributors to this generation’s leading works on Chassidic philosophy. Rabbi Elimelech Zweibel was also a member of the Vaad Rabbonim Lubavitch, as well as part of the editorial board for the production of the Chassidus Mevueres (Chassidus Explained) series.
In this segment of the series “Intro to Kabbalah,” Rabbi Yossi Paltiel examines the life and personality of the Arizal – Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi, father of Lurianic Kabbalah.
The Arizal is the famed student of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, and upon the death of his teacher, he undisputedly filled the position as head of the Kabbalists. Much of the Kabbalah and Chassidut studied today are inspired by the Arizal’s work.
In this enlightening clip, Rabbi Yossi Paltiel, who has dedicated his life to studying and promulgating chassidic teachings, describes this spiritual giant and the many contributions he made, including the novel concept of Tzimtzum – the implementation by G-d to contract His light to allow our world to be born.