When we talk about “commandments,” we are referring to the desires that connect me with other people. There are 613 (TARYAG) such desires, and I have to correct them with the help of the Light that Reforms (called “the Torah”).
If I don’t work on establishing the connection with my neighbor, then I have nothing to correct. If a person is alone, then he has nothing to come to the Creator with, only a spiritual spark and animalistic desires which do not require correction.
If you want to correct yourself, then you have to “show” the Creator the place of breakage, yet you do not have it. One person cannot experience the breaking; it requires at least two for this. Therefore, all of the 613 desires which we correct with the Light that Reforms is the correction of our broken connection with the others.
The Light that used to fill the connection between us and sustain us has disappeared. Now we have to attract it back and return it to its place. When the Light returns, it will correct the place of our connection first, and then it will fill it.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/21/10, “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose”
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