In his teachings, R. Menahem Mendel remained faithful to those of the Maggid. Following him, he regarded the zimzum (contraction) of divine emanation and its restriction as a condition for revelation, because that which is not limited cannot be conceived, just as thought is conceived by restriction and contraction into letters. The worlds were created by divine will as an act of mercy, by the contraction of the divine emanation, because of the deficiency of the recipients. "When one teaches a small child, he must be instructed in accordance with his young intelligence... in accordance with the ability of reception of his mind" (Likkutei Amarim (1911), 17a). Divinity is restricted in every place (the world is not His abode, but He is the abode of the world). It is the duty of man to adhere to the Divinity in the material creation and to redeem the Divine Presence from its exile in the material world.
על-פי זאלקווא תקנ"ט. עם אותו נוסח השער. נשמטה ההסכמה. הדפוסת על-פי ח' ליברמן, ספר "אגרת-הקודש" - קרית ספר, לו, תשכ"א, עמ' 127, מס' 1.