Every science consists of two actions: analysis and synthesis, or separation into parts and unification. We break something apart when we want to know how it is built, just like a little child breaks a toy. We build accelerators and colliders, trying to penetrate deep within an atom and to disintegrate it into the smallest parts. We think that we will be able to find our root inside.
People put enormous funds into this because they hope that when they get down to the very last particle, from which all matter originated, they will reveal the secret of life and find out where everything came from. As it turns out, this is exactly how we study the Kabbalistic texts. We want to break them up into parts in order to understand every word and the connections between the words, then supplement the explanation with our own words, and then on the contrary, reduce the text in order to make it easier to absorb.
A beginner reads the texts in a language that is familiar to him, but somehow, the words just don’t connect into sentences. This happens because Kabbalistic texts are talking about actions that do not pertain to our world and are therefore not recognized by our minds.
Therefore, the work that we have to do with the text lies in dissecting and generalizing it, so in the end, we will give rise to a method that is brief, clear, and simple to use. This method has to connect a person to the primary source.