Everything, but the moments in which I begin to see the goal through the group, adhesion with the Creator, the accurate direction that gives me an accurate picture of the goal before me, is all considered idolatry. It’s a very concrete clarification: Who am I doing this for, for myself or for the benefit of the Creator, which means who is enjoying that fact that I exist now?
There is no other means of keeping myself in the right direction. A person manages to exert himself for a moment and to direct himself towards the goal through the group, and the next moment he already needs more support from the group. Thus it constantly increases. If he doesn’t receive this support, he will not hold on in the right direction. This means that he doesn’t add to his measure so it will fill up and then afterwards his first spiritual level will be revealed. It’s a very clear condition, with very simple laws and forces: The Light opposite the vessel and the Masach (screen), which now must be built between them.
In order to stay on track, I have to constantly connect “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator”—23½ hours a day. Then I can spend the half hour that is left on self-criticism of the inner factors that help me stay on track, which is the group. There is nothing but that, and my advancement totally depends on the environment.
So I dedicate 23½ hours a day in search for a stronger environment, to justify the friends and judge them to a scale of merit, looking for and collecting every grain and bud of awe. I allow myself to be critical only half an hour a day so as to find out what is wrong, why, and how to correct it.
But I work with the society during the whole 24 hours, by connecting Israel, the Torah and the Creator. It’s because the Torah is the Light that Reforms that operates only through the environment. This is the only thing in which we should engage. You can even check whether you are moving in the right direction or not by the number of hours you spend a day on it. If you don’t know how to examine the direction by yourself, then you should at least impress others, this is called serving the other!
You can, of course, offer the friend a sandwich. The main thing he needs from you, which is the reason he is in our society, is a good example that evokes him; I have to provide him with such examples.
If I only worry about that, then it will undoubtedly keep me on the right track, even if I don’t see it. Suppose a beginner who doesn’t understand anything yet is required to do only one thing: To impress the others by the fact that we are on the right track. Then he will surely advance together with everyone else on the same wagon, although the others have been studying for twenty years and he has just arrived. This is how it works.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/10/13, Writings of Rabash