Answer: We must check every case separately. On the whole, these are the criteria:
- participating in the lessons every morning;
- paying Maaser (tithing);
- participating in the gatherings of friends,
- participating in dissemination as much as one can.
These four conditions are mandatory. If a person fulfills them, he has a place in the convention.
But we made some mitigations and we don’t check the participants according to these criteria. Many of them don’t pay tithe, do not participate in the morning lessons, and so on. Surely, these people don’t quite understand what we have in mind and what we do. However, it doesn’t mean that we won’t be able to succeed in the convention and that it will only be a “practice.”
Besides, different people come from different parts of the collective soul of Adam HaRishon, and for some of them it takes twice or three times longer to master the system. They can advance in some particular aspect, but it is more difficult for them to change internally. There are those who even become worse: coarse, careless, and so on. Don’t judge your friend until you step in his shoes.
On the whole, we don’t judge the friends according to their external behavior unless it is related to dissemination work. The main thing is that a person doesn’t show disregard.
Question: Does this mean that in the meantime these criteria are a recommendation and not a demand?
Answer: This time we don’t impose them, but a person should know that not fulfilling them keeps him behind. He can participate in our activities, but he won’t advance. He won’t disturb us in the convention, and he will feel an ascent, but not as a “man” who comes out of Egypt.
We give these people a chance to be with us, at a lower level that limits the feeling and the advancement. There is nothing we can do about it.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/20/12, “Advice for the Arava Convention”