Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted:January 7, 2015
Through the portion of Shemot, on this Shabbat, we can begin to awaken the part of our soul that is needed to bring the Final Redemption. And letter number 27 in Beloved of My Soul has within it a specific point that Rav Brandwein teaches Rav Berg about that important understanding in this portion.
Moses, we know, wanted to bring the end to pain, suffering, and death. He made it a point to do whatever he could to assist the Israelites while they were in the pain of slavery in Egypt. So, Rav Brandwein asks, why then when the Creator tells Moses that he wants him to be the one who will bring the end to all the pain and suffering, does Moses say no? A whole argument ensues, back and forth, for a week, and not only does Moses not jump on the opportunity, but he keeps pushing it back. Rav Brandwein asks, how do we understand this?
Moses cared for the Israelites, but not in the way most of us care. For us, we see somebody in pain and say, let me help them today, even though tomorrow they will be in pain again; we are fine with that. But Moses was not. Moses was on a completely different level. He didn’t want to be part of anything or do anything that wasn’t eternal. For Moses, whatever he did had to be part of the Eternal Redemption. Imagine how different that consciousness is from where most of us are. Most of us are happy if we are able to solve one problem for somebody. But Moses, every moment of his life, made sure that anything he touched had to be part of the Eternal Redemption, the eternal removal of pain, suffering and death.
Therefore, it's not that in Moses' argument with the Creator he is pushing the Light; because we have to push the Light. Pushing the Light means creating a greater vessel. If Moses had accepted the Creator’s giving him the ability to bring Redemption to the Israelites in Egypt at that point, he would have been very limited in what he could do to help. While even though most of us would be happy with that, Moses was not. Moses pushes the Light. He says, “I want more. I want the power to do more!” The whole week of back and forth between Moses and the Creator is not actually an argument where Moses is saying, “I don't want to do it, I'm not sure I can do it.” But rather, it is Moses awakening a greater vessel, pushing the Light to reveal even more.
The Creator then says to Moses that the only way to awaken the Eternal Redemption is through "Loving your neighbor as yourself." And, in order for that to happen, the Creator told Moses he had to take Aaron - who is Right Column energy, the energy of Mercy - with him, and together they will press into the Israelites this concept, this understanding, of “love your neighbor as yourself.” That's the work that Moses and Aaron began: going to the Israelites, and as Rav Brandwein says, forcing into the Israelites this awakening of love.
For the Redemption to occur, there has to be a new level of love; that is the secret Rav Brandwein tells Rav Berg, and the Creator was telling Moses then, and telling us now. But why is this? Why does there have to be a new level of love?
The Midrash asks how, if the Israelites were in what’s called the 49th gate of negativity, did they deserve the Final Redemption? They were so low, in fact, that when they came to the splitting of the sea, the negative forces were saying, “How can you let the Israelites survive and the Egyptians drown? They are both on the same low spiritual state!” So, what is it then that enabled the Israelites to be redeemed, even though they were on that low level?
And here is the beautiful teaching. What enabled the redemption out of Egypt was the Creator’s looking into the part of the soul of the Israelites - the part that is within every individual - that never gets damaged, the part that never becomes filthy or dirty even by the negative actions an individual does. Because the Creator focused not on the person who is on the 49th level of negativity, but rather on the part of that person’s soul that never gets damaged, the perfected part that every single one of us has, the Redemption could come.
The kabbalists say the reason the Israelites merited the Redemption was because the Creator looked at the Godly part within all of them that is perfect. But, more importantly for us, how can we awaken that merit for ourselves? The answer, I believe, is very simple! We know that the way a person behaves, so the Light of the Creator behaves with him; as we behave towards other people, so the Light of the Creator behaves towards us. This means that if you're a person who finds the spark of goodness within somebody when you see them do something negative, then the Creator will look at you and no matter what you do, will focus only on the spark of goodness within you.
There are two choices about how to get to the Israelites’ Redemption - you either get everybody to be perfect, which is never going to happen, or you get them to merit the Creator focusing only on the part of them that is perfect. How do you do that? Very simple. Tell the Israelites to awaken love. Which means that you see somebody who has done all these terrible things, but you say I don't care about all these terrible things this person has done. I'm focused only on the goodness.
Therefore, what does it mean to love the other person as yourself? Forget about all the things that he or she has done, and focus on that perfect soul and goodness within him. The Israelites merited for the Light to only be focused on their goodness because they were focused on others’ goodness. That's the secret of why Rav Brandwein tells the Rav, the Creator tells Moses and Aaron, you have to go and awaken “love your neighbor as yourself.”
How will the Final Redemption come? When the Creator says I am only focused on the good part of enough people. How do we merit for the Creator to only focus on the good part of enough people? When enough people are focused on the good part of everyone else. It's a beautiful concept.