The Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 32:16-32:18: Now the tablets were God’s work, and the inscription was God’s inscription, engraved on the tablets. When Joshua heard voice of the people in their shouting, he said to Moses: “There is a voice of battle in the camp!” But [Moses] said: “[It is] neither a voice shouting victory, nor a voice shouting defeat; a voice of blasphemy I hear.”
When Moses climbed down from Mt. Sinai, he thought that the nation of Israel would fight both among themselves and within themselves. Instead, he heard cries of joy that indicate full mutual consent. Moses is the only one who was against everyone else since even Aaron agreed with the people’s desire to make a golden calf. But this state had to be revealed, it was necessary.
The attribute of Joshua in a person is a certain tool that is close to Moses like a loyal assistant, a servant, who totally annuls himself before him. Moses is the head and Joshua is the body and additional executive functions.
Everything that Joshua receives from Moses is totally opposite from his understanding, his knowledge, and his perspective. So he doesn’t just annul himself before Moses, but receives everything as an axiom. His mind rejects his actions but because he operates according to the desires of Moses, it’s as if his mind is rebuilt, and goes through a process of reprogramming.
The correction of the body is from the top down, as it says, “the hearts are drawn after the actions and the thoughts are drawn after the hearts.” Therefore we say, “we shall do and we shall hear.” This is our way, we have to annul ourselves before the upper level, do everything it dictates to us, and then we will begin to understand it. This is the principle of our continuous ascent.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13