Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”: Therefore, the Creator did not find a nation or a tongue qualified to receive the Torah, except for the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whose ancestral merit reflected upon them.
The forefathers represent the three lines that the desire to receive acquires and that enable it to correct itself, attain the goal, and become similar to the Light. We have to constantly use the same method that the three lines, the three attributes of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, founded at the beginning.
As our sages said, ‘The Patriarchs observed the whole Torah even before it was given.”
The three lines are even in the KHB phase, in the “first third of correction,” even when there is no need for them. They actually are realized in the HGT phase and even more so in NHY, which means in the other two thirds. Today, it is time for the final phase of the correction (NHY), when the external desire to receive is fulfilled.
On the whole, the forefathers symbolize the period that preceded our days. Now, it is the sons’ turn, which is us. We must correct the three lines by ourselves. All the rest of the world is NHY, and it will be corrected through our work on them.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, these phases are defined as two thousand years for each phase, but on the whole, we shouldn’t count years, but rather degrees. NHY cannot correct themselves. However, when the sons (HGT) are connected to the forefathers (HBD), then they also can correct the nations of the world.
This means that because of the exaltedness of their souls, they had the ability to attain all the ways of the Creator with respect to the spirituality of the Torah, which stems from their Dvekut, without first needing the ladder of the practical part of the Torah, which they had no possibility of observing at all.
The level of the forefathers includes all three parts: HBD, HGT, and NHY. The forefathers also went through the same processes that take place on the next levels. Therefore, we can discover the entire process until the end of correction, the whole method, by the ten Sefirot of HBD.
The forefathers cannot fulfill it in practice yet, but then can potentially plan and arrange the future system. Thanks to their spiritual height, they could prepare the ground for the work of the sons, although not in practice, but in potential, and it already included all the deficiencies and the vessels that are later used in the method that they discovered.
On the whole, the forefathers is the upper system that is fulfilled that way in the small desire at the dawn of its correction.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/4/2012, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”