When a person works with the intention for others, “Love thy neighbor,” and so forth and suddenly takes a little break while he works and takes a little for himself—which means that he begins to receive for himself—it is called stealing.
This, of course, is different in our world since we are on a level that is lower than the moral, spiritual level. On the whole, all the commandments in the Torah have nothing to do with the corporeal world. However, people began to use them with regard to their family, social, and human life.
Question: Can we call this time the time of preparation since a person goes through a certain process when he turns the “barbaric world” into a world of laws?
Answer: However, this doesn’t mean that he gets closer to the spiritual world. The level of preparation is a level for attaining spirituality. We, however, see that these laws are not part of any level that precedes spirituality. On the contrary, the world begins to feel that it is civilized, liberal, and advanced.
Question: Can we attribute all that to adultery?
Answer: Not completely. Adultery in spirituality refers to mistakes that people make over and over again since, to the extent that a person wants to keep all the Ten Commandments, he constantly discovers that he breaks them over and over again.
However, all these sins are revealed when you are shown a more accurate picture, a more delicate and deeper picture, and only then does it become clear that you didn’t really think, that you didn’t suppose and allow it, that you didn’t try hard enough. So, the whole Torah speaks only about mistakes and, at the same time, about how to correct them. Without the revelations of the mistakes, there are no corrections.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/04/13