The Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 33:12-33:13: Moses said to the Lord: “See, You say to me, ‘Lead this people forward,’ but You have not made known to me whom You will send with me. Further You have said: ‘I have singled you out by name, and you have, indeed, gained My favor.’ Now, if I have truly gained Your favor, pray let me know Your ways, that I may know You and continue in Your favor. Consider, too, that this nation is Your people.”
A person understands that he has to bring all his attributes to the Creator. It is by these attributes that he forms the image of the Creator inside him. The Creator has no image and He is revealed only inside a person. Therefore, a person is called Adam, someone who has attained a resemblance to the Creator.
So Moses guards them realizing that all his attributes are necessary for the attainment of this image. In previous states we hold on to all our egoistic attributes tightly, but when we come to the recognition that they are opposite from the Creator, we want to get rid of them. However, when we feel that they are essential in order to resemble the Creator, we begin to cherish them.
This is the reason that Moses asks so avidly for his people, which means for all the egoistic attributes, because otherwise he cannot attain a complete image.
The Creator bribes a person by promising to destroy half of his egoistic attributes because in order to completely resemble the Creator, it is enough to correct half of them.
But a person shouldn’t stop of course, because thanks to his most egoistic attributes, he can delight the Creator by becoming like Him.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/16/13