Baal HaSulam , “Exile and Redemption”: The Creator will evidently show us that Israel cannot exist in exile and will find no rest, as the rest of the nations that mingled among the nations and found rest, and assimilated in them until no trace was left of them.
A wrong way ultimately brings us to a dead end and leads to the realization of evil. We will still have to reveal it, but preferably through the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah, attracting the Light that Reforms and discovering evil internally in advance before it manifests on the material level. Thus, we can advance like a wise man who looks ahead. And then, to the extent of the revelation of evil, we are able to get out of it.
But here we have a big problem. After all, we are not in a neutral position; we have been in a very difficult exile, in the hardest concealment for thousands of years. We plunged into unreal thoughts and fantasies, unreal desires. We exchanged the state of Lishma and Lo Lishma for filth, Klipa, and found ourselves under the rule of the “nations of the world.” In other words, we are under the dominance of various egoistic calculations which we cannot get rid of and which we are not even aware of.
Today, the Torah and the Commandments are not a “spice” for the evil inclination among people. And although in reality the Torah is the method of the correction of egoism, we use something else under the same name, increasing the egoism, instead of correcting it.
It is a sign of exile and no one is to blame. This is a process and we must finally realize it in order to no longer justify ourselves and to understand what the great sages write about our current condition.
We need to clarify exile: What is it? What is its essence? If I buy a ticket and fly to Israel, can I say that I have returned from exile? And if I am going to America, do I go back into exile? Is it just about crossing the border?
We need accurate, authentic definitions of exile and redemption. Baal HaSualm writes in the article “This Is for Judah”: …all the letters of redemption are present in exile except for the “Aleph” since this letter indicates the “Aluph (Champion) of the world.”
This teaches us that the form of absence is but the negation of the presence. And we know the form of the presence, redemption, from the verse, “and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, …for they shall all know Me from the least of them unto the greatest of them.” Hence, the form of the previous absence, meaning the form of exile, is only the absence of the knowledge of the Lord. This is the absence of the Aleph, which is missing in the Gola (exile), and present in the Geula (redemption), the Dvekut with the “Champion of the world.”
The wisdom of Kabbalah is the method of redemption, the method of revealing the Creator to the created beings. It is impossible to reach it without this method. And whoever is against it does not know the definition, does not understand why we needed to go into exile, or how to return to redemption. He does not understand the purpose of the wisdom of Kabbalah, which is needed for the revelation of the Creator to the human being in this world; thereby redemption is realized.
Accordingly, the “land of Israel” is the desire in which the Creator resides. In other words, the desire corrected by the intention to bestow is possible only through the Torah, the Light that Reforms.
First, we are governed by the desire of the “nations of the world,” and when we correct it, it becomes the desire aimed straight at the Creator (Yashar-El), the “land of Israel.” Whoever has corrected his desire in this way is called a “Jew” (Yehudi), since he comes to unity (Yihud), adhesion to the Creator, reveals the Upper Force in the corrected desire. And it must happen here while we exist in this world. We will achieve nothing after death.
All this should be clear to people, and then we can talk about redemption. Until then, the physical return to the land of Israel demonstrates that we have not changed a bit, and we even changed for the worse. Indeed, the true difference is manifested in a person who corrects himself.
Therefore, as Baal HaSulam explains, we will not reach a happy, safe, fulfilling life, if we do not come to inner redemption. After all, the inner precedes the external.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/1/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam