Answer: The point is that the people who have returned to this land have to organize and unite in the form of the nation of Israel. It isn’t just a collection of people who have been living here for 70 years after the establishment of the country or for 130 years since the first wave of settlers, the first Aliyah. We must first understand the basis on which a new state and a new nation can grow so that it can really be called the nation of Israel, which means that is focused straight to the Creator, at the attribute of love and bestowal. This isn’t the situation at the moment.
Herzl also dreamed about gathering all the Jews here, which was physically right but for which the nation wasn’t ideology ready. The state was established on socialistic principles and disputes that couldn’t lead to anything positive.
Comment: Baal HaSulam hoped that there would be some revolution and that the Creator, which means the law of love and attribute we live in, would bring us to this land and compress us into one whole.
Answer: In the 20’s of the previous century Baal HaSulam thought that he could bring 3.5 million Jews here, mainly from Poland. This could have been a great ascent for the state before it was established. In addition, he hoped that he could raise them ideologically and that although they were all from Jewish villages, he would be able to tell them what their mission comes down to. He dreamed that he would have a small circle of ten students and that they would work together and study and that the mutual relations between them would make waves of true unity. But this was not realized.
The hope was that the nation that gathered in Israel would become a one unified whole in time, but actually it turned out to be the other way around: it dispersed and disintegrated. Even today the social stratification continues and so does the opposition of one part towards the other. This will go on until things explode and we will be thrown to every corner on earth. The Torah says that if we are not compatible with this land, it will chew us up and vomit us out. If we are compatible with it, it will be a land flowing with milk and honey for us. Unfortunately, in the meantime we are nearing the state in which we will find ourselves on the outside.
Question: So what can we do if even the greatest Kabbalist of the 20th century didn’t manage to accomplish this?
Answer: Baal HaSulam didn’t succeed because people didn’t listen to him. He is not to blame and neither are the others; we simply have to work harder. Today we have many more opportunities and we try to do whatever depends on us in order to set an example of connection and unity for the world. This isn’t easy either, but we are trying, and let’s hope that we will eventually succeed.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/14/15