Question: What does Torah write about according to the wisdom of Kabbalah? Does it describe the historical events?
Answer: The Torah describes the upper system that governs the entire world, including me. It explains how I can reveal this system and establish the direct, “short” relationship with my Creator.
The Torah gives a person the opportunity of bringing him to the love of the Creator through the love of the neighbor as himself. Love is the deepest and the most inner and intimate connection. Torah brings a person to these relations with all of humanity and with the Creator. This is not only spiritual, but also the complete instruction.
Question: Still, did the events described in Torah actually happen?
Answer: These states occurred within a person who was in the process of attaining the Creator, correcting his properties to such a degree until they would be equal to the properties of the upper force, and climbing the rungs of bestowal and love.
Question: Did people like Moses and Abraham exist?
Answer: Of course, they existed. All spiritual states described in the Torah also were realized in the material branches of this world. Every spiritual root has to touch its material branch and become manifested in it.
Question: Who was the first man, Adam HaRishon, according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?
Answer: A man whose name was Adam lived 5,777 years ago. He is considered the “first man” because he was the first one to reveal the Creator, the upper force, and he wrote a book about it titled Angel Raziel.
He was a person like you and me. After him we are called people, “children of Adam” (Bnei Adam) since all of us came from him.
This is not because he was the first human being in this world after the monkeys. Just like other people, he was born of a mother and father. However, Adam is called the first man because he was the first who revealed the upper system and the upper force existing within it, which governs all of us.
Question: How long has the world existed according to the wisdom of Kabbalah: 5,777 years or 14 billion years?
Answer: Obviously the world has existed for 14 billion years. The Kabbalistic books describe the Big Bang and the evolution of the world. Baal HaSulam writes how the Earth was going through the periods of warming and cooling for the duration of 30 million years. People simply don’t understand what is really described in the Torah, and therefore they get confused.
Even 500 years before Darwin, the great Kabbalist the Ari wrote that a human being developed from a monkey and this development took tens of thousands of years. All evidences obtained from the archeological excavations are true. Kabbalah is a science rather than a blind belief. It is based on Kabbalists’ research of reality. This research gives them the understanding of the world.
Question: Not everything described in the Torah seems to be like real events. For example, I never in my life have encountered a snake who could speak or a sea that could split.
Answer: The Torah does not speak about our world, but rather about the upper world. However, all spiritual roots reach our world and govern it. For example, the original serpent is our egoism, which sits within us and tempts us all the time.
The serpent, Adam, and Eve described in the Torah are the inner, spiritual properties that exist in each of us. The Torah speaks about the inner, spiritual properties within a person. When a person develops himself through the study of Kabbalah, he attains the forces existing within him, that relate to each other like Adam, Eve, the serpent, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is an inner dialog within a person.
Moses and Aaron exist within each of us. Everyone reveals the book of Torah and finds it within himself. The nation of Israel and nations of the world, Nebuchadnezzar, and Maccabees are all different forces of our soul.
Within us there is always a battle between the good and evil forces, which we are created from, as it is said “I created the evil inclination and Torah as addition to it as a remedy for its correction.”
The force of evil is constantly growing within us, manifesting itself with greater strength each day. At the same time, we have to attract the force of good, the Light of Torah that returns us to our source, through the study of Kabbalah. Thus we will constantly balance the growing force of egoism with the good force.
Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 02.28.16