Rabash, Letter 36: Sukkot resolves all the questions even the most difficult ones and bad since we know that Sukkah stands for the shade of faith that should prevail over the sunlight, that is over knowledge. “Its shade should be more than its Light.” However, we should make great efforts to receive the shade and to say that it is the shade of Holiness since this whole shade comes from Heaven and not from the Sitra Achra (the other side) and it was given so that a person would have a place to accept faith.
One must constantly hold onto the right thoughts, to keep himself above, in the right awakening, holding onto the right force in the right direction, sustaining himself. This is possible only with the force of the group and its ceaseless help. There is no other way. We must take care of that.
After all, most of the time, we still are absorbed in ourselves. However, if I don’t disrespect my friends and they have a strong affect on me, I wake up and transcend myself.
This is a real problem. I can build a shade only if I am strongly impressed by the environment and consider it more important and stronger than my own nature. This is an inevitable struggle and I must constantly be concerned as to who is going to win this struggle. I have to see myself as a battlefield in which there is constant fighting between the shell and holiness.
How can I promise myself that from now on the group will impress me more than any of my egoistic claims, attributes, desires, or thoughts? How can I be under its strong and faithful impression all the time? My future is secure only if I succeed in doing so.
So, the more we work on the connection between us, the greater chances we have to succeed.
Question: What helps us win this struggle other than simple luck? After all, I constantly see that I definitely am losing this battle.
Answer: You will always lose. You can only win on one condition: if you make sure that the friends do not succumb to their nature. My influence on them should be stronger than their nature which pulls them downward. So I influence them by inspiration, impression, and the importance of the goal.
A mother also constantly thinks of her children no matter where she is and what she does. In order to do so, we must work on mutual guarantee. We are all in the same boat, and we all will drown if someone drills a hole in it.
It is all in our hands, and only we can fulfill this. There may be blows that will help us understand that we are really in the same boat.
Question: I constantly feel that I am absorbed in myself and not in the group. How can I shatter the illusion that I operate by myself?
Answer: You must keep on trying. Worrying about yourself won’t help, of course. However, by that, you at least will see that it doesn’t help and that there should be mutual concern for the friends. We need one, big, common vessel that includes all our friends in Israel and abroad and, of course, to make more efforts.
There will be different disturbances along the way but they will be revealed as help against you, and then you will begin to think twice about how to be and what to do.
Eventually, you should understand that, if you don’t want to connect, you will be sent more disturbances that can tear you to pieces, throw you in different directions, and put you into different problems. The only thing you should do on top of all these interruptions is to connect. This is the answer to all the future, external disturbances that will come so that we will reach the right connection.
Question: However, waiting for the disturbances is the path of suffering.
Answer: If you overcome them both on the corporeal level and on the spiritual level, then it is fine.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/18/13, Lesson on the Topic: “Sukkot”