Question: Lately, you especially have been raising the topic of love of our neighbors and then love of the Creator. When I hear that I immediately want to completely detach from you even though I have been your permanent student for several years now. It’s not that I am indifferent to this topic; I feel hostile to the subject.
Answer: You thought that Kabbalah was a serious science with drawings and formulas. As I keep explaining it for many years, it is a science of the universe, the wisdom of how to correct the evil. However, you never assumed that this knowledge could also be defined as love, i.e., complete connection among all parts of nature, especially humans.
I completely understand you because I had similar thoughts for many years even when I became Rabash’s student.
Moreover, it is impossible to hear about the “methodology of love” because our egoism rejects it. We are incapable of perceiving this doctrine in our hearts or minds. We tend to listen to different aspects of Kabbalah as if the need to love our neighbors is something alien, secondary to the wisdom.
I observe this phenomenon among my students throughout all the years that I have been teaching Kabbalah.
Interestingly, there are two groups of students: those who accept the principle of “loving thy neighbor” and those who consider this condition as something “extra” that can be only used to connect members of their study group. Later, both categories of students mix together and get closer to each other. Gradually, the groups that originally rejected the principle of “loving thy neighbor” realize that it is not a “subsidiary factor” when it comes to correction of our egoism, but it is the most important and desirable quality! It happens in the group that originally rejected the principle of loving thy neighbor to a much greater extent than in the groups that initially agreed with this notion.
Based on my observations, I would split my students into two categories: those who accept the notion of loving thy neighbor and those who are incapable of hearing about it. Both groups study the methodology together and comprise a common vessel. They complement and replenish each other, thus making it possible to disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah as the teaching of love and a transition from love to other people to loving the Creator.