Kabbalists About Studying Kabbalah, Part 17

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

Engaging in Kabbalah Requires No Preliminary Excellence

If one is made ungifted, how can he be a wise disciple? His brain is too small to understand the words of Torah. Midrash Rabba [The Great Commentary] says about that (portion, “And This Is the Blessing), “The Creator said unto Israel [those who wish to ascend from the desire to receive to the desire to bestow; only they are called “Israel” or “striving to achieve similarity with the Creator”], ‘The whole of the wisdom and the whole of the Torah are easy. Anyone who fears Me [wants to become similar to Me] and practices the words of Torah [for this purpose], the whole of the wisdom and the whole of Torah are in his heart [in his corrected desires].’”

He explained about it in the “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot”: “Thus, no prior aptitude is required here. Rather, by the fear [aspiration to attain similarity with Him] of the Creator alone is one rewarded with the whole of the wisdom of the Torah [the Upper Light]. This is the meaning of, ‘Everything is in the hands of the Creator except for the fear of the Creator.’ This means that only the fear of the Creator [which we develop through the correct environment, the teacher, and the books) requires choice, and the rest is given by the Creator.”
– Rabash, Steps of the Ladder, “The Ungifted”

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