Answer: Do we need to mourn the Temple once we understand that it had to fall? Are we sorry about the destroyed house that stood in Jerusalem, or do we mourn its internal structure?
All the hearts had to be in my heart, but I cast them out, not wishing to feel or even allowing them to get close to my heart. This is the real destruction that I mourn.
If we don’t mourn the internal essence of the destruction, we don’t have a chance to reach the correction. Then the destruction of the Temple was useless because it didn’t lead us to any correct conclusions. In this case, we cry only about stones. In fact, with our stony heart we can only feel regret for the stones and no more.
These are meaningless tears that are completely useless. We’ve already reached such a development when we can rise to mourn the real problems: the reason the destruction happened. Then maybe we will decide that it is right that the Temple was destroyed; after all, it was bound to happen. The entire program had to be realized until the time of the ARI.
However, from the moment the ARI discovered the wisdom of Kabbalah and this method became ready for the correction of the world, everything depended on us. Now we can mourn but not about what happened in history because all of it was in the hands of the Creator. Until the 16th century, when the wisdom of Kabbalah was revealed thanks to the ARI, it was impossible to change anything.
However, from the time of the ARI onward it is permitted for us to intervene in the process of development of the world and to accelerate it, that is, to change it to a better one with our participation. Then we can write a new story that is different, not as bitter as before! This is what all the Kabbalists mourned.
They wanted to do it very much. Ramchal thought about disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah to the people, but he wasn’t allowed to do it and he became subject to such persecutions that he had to run away from Italy to Europe. Abulafia did a lot to spread the wisdom of Kabbalah and even taught it to non-Jews.
Baal Shem Tov began to implement wide dissemination of Kabbalah by creating Hassidism. But the countermovement Metnagdim rose, which fought against the revelation of Kabbalah by declaring that Hassidism was a sect. On the basis of their denunciations, Hassidim were imprisoned, although both sides were Jewish. This split is felt even today.
“Metnagdim” is translated as “opponent,” opponents to the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah, i.e., the method of correction. And the Hassidim argued that it is required to spread it the way Baal Shem Tov taught them and they studied Kabbalistic books.
Today we live in such time when it is necessary to continue this work. After all, we are given much better conditions than 2,000 years ago, and we can realize the purpose of creation in a good way.
We have this opportunity; we don’t just go through it by the easier way, we will grow through the effort of this work. It is impossible to reach the final purpose of creation in the state humanity is in now. We shouldn’t hope that it will happen by itself over time.
We have to be smarter and develop the feelings and mind, and fully reveal the Creator that is a good force, on condition that we will learn to love our neighbor as ourselves. And this is only possible using the method of Kabbalah. The question is only how we use it: either under the pressure of huge disasters, even world wars, or we will understand that we should engage in it right now and begin to implement it. The choice is ours.
Therefore we disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah among people because otherwise the world is entering the path of great suffering. Of course, in any case the end will be good. However, let’s hope that it will come as a result of our work and not under pressure from the forces of nature that will force us to it by suffering, since it will be more terrible than all the previous destructions of the Temples combined together.
Question: Prior to the ARI, why was it impossible to move to the path of the Light (Achishena)?
Answer: First, the complete shattering of the common desire had to happen on two main layers, which correspond to the destructions of the First and Second Temples. Then the desires fell from the world of Atzilut to the worlds of BYA, and once under the Parsa, the boundary of the world of Atzilut, all these broken shards begin to mix with each other and with the stony heart that wasn’t directly included with the shattering.
All the desires have to mix with each other; this period is called the time of exile. Exile isn’t just a meaningless waiting, but a sequence of ongoing actions, mutual inclusion of broken desires. These desires, previously separated from each other, now connect in all sorts of shapes and become arranged in a ladder according to the degree of their shattering with respect to the upper force.
When they all are distributed into their places from top to bottom, the first action of correction begins. This is what the manifestation of the soul of the ARI means. Therefore, before this time, it was impossible to do anything. However, from the time of the ARI onward, the period of correction begins.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/12/16, Writings of Rabash