Baal HaSulam, “Exile and Redemption”: This nation will find no rest among the nations until it realizes the verse, “And from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
Of course, we can easily interpret these words in the material sense: The people of Israel were scattered among other nations around the world and still have not found themselves. They wander there among them and only a small part of Israel is in the land of Israel.
However, we must look at the root and understand the words of Kabbalists correctly. In reality, we fell from the property of bestowal which is called the “people of Israel” into the property of reception which is called the “nations of the world.” We dwell among them now and this property of reception reigns over us. This is the exile from which we still cannot escape. As a result we suffer and the entire world suffers.
We need to reveal the cause of this suffering, the cause of the crisis that is sweeping the world. All this is caused by the fact that we are still under the rule of the nations of the world, our own egoistic desires, which rule over us, over the point in the heart, over our desire for unity with the Creator.
We must rise above these desires, over selfish calculations, and thereby get out of exile. Having realized that individually and together in inner work, through inner efforts, we will see how the exit into redemption affects our external life as well as the internal and external life of the whole world.
Baal HaSulam explains this at the end of “Introduction to The Book of Zohar”: The whole world and the people of Israel are divided into the internal and external. The internal is the work against our egoism in order to rise above various material calculations, to live only in the desire to bestow, in love and unity between us and the whole world.
In line with this, we need to also perform external work.
And in every state, we must reveal what the Creator requires from our hearts, that we correct them.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/1/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam