The Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 34:31-34:34: But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the chieftains in the assembly returned to him, and Moses spoke to them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he instructed them concerning all that the Lord had imparted to him on Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would leave the veil off until he came out; and when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded… .
When Moses appeals to the Creator, he receives twice as much, as he has to pass on to the people. The middle Partzuf receives a double portion from the upper in order to be great too, in order to understand, and then it passes a small portion of the Light to the lower.
In our world, a girl, to become a mother and have a child, has to grow up and become a woman, which means to acquire a state of greatness in order to give birth to a smaller state. Similarly, Moses attains the level of connection with the Creator only in order to pass on the whole method of correction to the lower.
Question: What does it mean that “he put a veil over his face?”
Answer: Hiding one’s face symbolizes the passing of the Light through the Masach (screen), which weakens the Light because otherwise the people will not be able to receive it. Suppose Moses has Reshimot (spiritual genes) 3, 2 and the people have Reshimot 2, 1, that is the next level. Moses has to lower himself and withdraw from his state in order to align with the people since any spiritual transfer is according to the equivalence of form.
On the one hand, he has to be in contact with the Creator, and so he reveals his face and cooperates with Him. Then he has to cover his face, which means to lower himself in order to cooperate with the lower.
Moses is the conductor between the Creator and the people, and he prepares himself for that from the start by saying to the Creator, “destroy me,” since there is nothing for me on this level. He doesn’t eat or drink for forty days, which means that he ascends to a level where nothing remains of a person except for the Reshimo from his previous life.
We perceive this state through our ego, and then it seems like endless suffering. But in fact, it’s a tremendous elation, detachment from falsehood and becoming part of the truth. In fact, it’s the only thing that justifies everything since the truth includes a state that is contrasted by nothing.
Everything else is false, slander, evil gossip, fiction, idle thoughts, it is unfounded and imaginary. In fact it’s the only thing that exists, and so a person can give up everything in order to be in this state.
The Israelites would see how radiant the skin of Moses’ face was. Moses would then put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with Him. (The Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 34:35). The people of Israel gradually receive small portions of Light from Moses, which correct and raise them, and this is called wandering in the desert, building the Tabernacle, etc.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/30/13