The Torah, “Leviticus,” 5:2-5:3: Or if a person touches anything unclean, whether it is the carcass of an unclean wild animal, or the carcass of unclean domestic animal, or the carcass of an unclean creeping animal, and it was hidden from him, he incurs guilt. Or if he touches the uncleanness of a human, with any uncleanness through which he may become defiled, and it is hidden from him and [later] he knows, he has incurred guilt.
Touching symbolizes nearness and contact. In the spiritual world, closeness between two states takes place according to the degree of compatible attributes. Contact is when there is at least one similar part between two spiritual states or objects, which means sharing one common attribute, and then they are in contact.
But this closeness can be a big problem. The point is that there is absolute egoism and absolute altruism. If the altruism is corrupted in any way, it begins to come closer to egoism, although there should be a certain distance between them. If altruism can sustain itself in a normal state and perform actions of love and bestowal, the ego doesn’t prevent it, since altruism places it under its restriction (Tzimtzum).
But if altruism grows weak, it begins to draw closer to the ego in the spiritual space. Then a point of contact is formed between them, which means an attribute similar to egoism arose in altruism, and the two connect. The egoistic intentions can pour through this common attribute and a person doesn’t even feel what is happening to him.
Therefore, the Torah says that a person cannot forget what happens to him. There must be a detachment, a distance between the different egoistic attributes from altruism, and accordingly, we need to perform a correction in order to separate them again, which means to burn the egoistic attributes, bury them, or throw them out of the camp, which means outside the borders of our unity. There are very clear instructions as to how to detach from the ego internally and guard ourselves from it.
Question: In our world, a person usually cannot resist contact with the ego, no matter what oath he makes. He may swear, for example, to remain clean and not to take a bribe, and then suddenly fall.
Answer: No one can be absolutely clean. I am not trying to protect anyone, but it says: “Don’t trust yourself until your dying day,” which means until the death of your ego. But we should do everything that matches the spiritual laws and then you can guard yourself. The main thing is that the group, the society you are in, can guard you.
The group itself can guard and protect you only in mutual relations since it connects internally by the help of the upper force, the general force that everyone discovers in their attitude towards one another, by working for others.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/27/13