The Klipa, like a shell protecting the fruit until it ripens, works this way for us the whole time until we reach correction. It preserves us until we become ready and ripened. Then we’ll be able to break free and shed the covering.
However, until then we do not feel that there is a shell, like a wild, unripe apple in which there is no difference between the inner part and the peel: Everything is similarly sour and green. The more a fruit grows, the greater the difference develops between the covering and the inner contents. First the peel is firm, but gradually it separates from the fruit itself, and the more it develops the thinner the peel becomes. If we leave the peel intact, the fruit will finally explode and break away from its skin.
In much the same way, a person grows until he reaches maturity. And as soon as all of our qualities are ready, we throw away and get rid of the Klipa.
Until now we were constantly lured by something in front of us and ran ahead in life, like a donkey lured by a carrot. However, now this whole system stops working. There is nothing more for it to do since we have already been prepared through it. The Klipot are the Creator’s loyal assistants; they reared us and allowed us to ripen. This is why they stop attracting us. Do you think that the Creator ran out of carrots? He has a multitude of other kinds of bait, but we no longer need them. We have reached the upper threshold of our degree and now need to ascend to the next one.
Therefore, nothing else attracts us ahead, there is nothing left to run after, we feel emptiness, and the future does not attract us. We need to come through this shell (Klipa) into the Upper world, like a worm that climbs into the light from a bitter radish.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/14/10, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot”
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