The Torah, “Exodus,” 32:2-3: And Aaron said unto them: “Break off the golden rings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.” And all the people broke off the golden rings, which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
Jewelry embodies the feminine part of the spiritual work that includes women, the elderly and children. This is what is said here; that all spiritual work with which the people of Israel adorn themselves becomes its opposite, bestowal.
Aaron was the desire of the “high priest in us,” this was the greatest power at that time that the people of Israel found for advancement. If not for him, how would they have created the “golden calf”? This power agreed to work that was the opposite of bestowal because the ego was now in control.
A person advances in a particular way and it seems to him that this direction is completely right, and when the ego rises, then all that he profited in a given part of the way with which he advanced, now becomes the opposite. Therefore even such a pure characteristic as the high priest becomes unclean.
We encounter many such phenomena in our world. Suppose that a person is involved in some kind of science, wanting to bring humanity goodness and happiness, and as a result of this he produces a weapon that brings death.
Question: If a person advances by means of the “golden calf,” his ego, so in my opinion a level called “fear” is missing here.
Answer: The opposite, fear pushes the person towards the calf and he acquires security. In principle, fear must work together with shame because the person must supervise and criticize himself to the degree that the shame arises in him at every level.
Shame invites the first restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) into us and it must bring us to this: that with its help, we realize the Creator. This is because the source of the shame is in feeling what is standing before me, and this is only the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13