Baal HaSulam, Shamati #86, “And They Built Store-Cities”: This is the meaning of “And they built Arei Miskenot,” meaning that this was for Israel. In other words, all their work during the exile was taken into Pharaoh’s custody, and Israel remained poor. We should also interpret Miskenot from the word Sakana (danger), meaning that they were in great danger of remaining in that state for the rest of their lives.
It is known that after great ascents, like after a convention, for example, where we become illuminated and enthusiastic, after that, problems in the group are discovered. People still don’t understand, how after such a good state, suddenly it becomes so bad and dark. All strength disappears; there is hopelessness, injustice, and disconnection.
It is necessary to learn from this, that which is called human nature. This is not some kind of game where I follow what is happening outside, like on a theater stage. Everything happens inside of me, and here everything is completely different. This is the game of life.
So what is required from us is lots of patience and strengthening (itgabrut) in order to be a man (Gever) and hold back. After that, much of this becomes habit and second nature. We get used to ascents and descents by understanding that it’s impossible without them.
And precisely by means of them, we pass through characteristics from Kedusha (holiness) to Klipa (impurity) and from Klipa to Kedusha and we begin to work with them above the Machsom, already above the Masach, and we build the Kav Emtzai (middle line). But all of this is possible only if we behave by “holding oneself back during a dispute.” (Babylonian Talmud Hullin 89a)
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/08/14, Shamati #86