Rabash, Shlavey HaSulam, (Steps of the Ladder), “The Need for Love of Friends”: There are many merits to it: 1) It brings one out of self-love and to love of others… since by that he can come to love the Creator. However, we should know that loving others or working for the benefit of others is not the purpose of creation, as the secular understand it…. Saying that we must work to benefit others is only the correction of creation, not the purpose of creation.
A person begins to study the wisdom of Kabbalah in order to be smarter and to find out what goes on in the upper world. He dreams about seeing, revealing, and feeling the upper force and governance, to attain his past, present, and future, and the system that manages the whole world, including us.
He perceives everything through his ego, the desire to receive pleasure, and so he hears selectively: only what can do him good or harm him personally. Concepts like “love of friends” and the “need of the love of others” just pass by his ear.
It takes a long time until thanks to the study, dissemination, and connection to the group, a person finally begins to understand that love of friends doesn’t mean to be good kids like in the kindergarten, but that it is a spiritual principle of a totally different level.
This principle stems from the shattering of the vessels, that is, from the unified soul that was shattered into pieces and by that laid the foundations for our whole world. And this is why we have to connect all the pieces of that one soul. To the extent that we manage to connect them, we begin to feel the upper world.
A person is willing to hear about love of friends only after many years. Therefore, beginners cannot understand Rabash’s articles about the group. The more advanced students will perceive them as a real, necessary, and desirable tool because they already understand how important and beneficial it is to attain connection by virtue of which we attain the whole world of Infinity.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/20/2012, Writings of Rabash