Question from Seville, Spain: Does one need to be circumcised on the physical level in order to feel the same inner spiritual intention, and is a person limited in the spiritual when he does not perform the corresponding material actions?
Answer: I have already explained so many times that physical actions do not determine anything spiritually. All investigations and corrections are realized in the relationships between people.
There are only two corrections:
1) “Bestowal for the sake of bestowal” or “Do not do to another what is hateful to yourself.”
2) “Reception for the sake of bestowal” or “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Through the first correction, we attain the property of Bina, bestowal (Hafetz-Hesed), and through the second correction, we attain the property of Keter, the Creator. These are the two stages of correction that the entire Torah speaks about.
There are 613 “advices and instructions of the Torah” (Eytin and Pkudin) in accordance with these corrections; all of them are actions for the correction of desire. And circumcision (Brit Mila) refers to the correction of desire when one is forbidden to use it beyond Sefira Yesod, which is being corrected.
There is no physical surgery that can help a person become holy or spiritual. We need to focus on the inner, spiritual corrections, but everyone can continue to observe the traditions of their ancestors.
Describing the corrected society of the future in his article, “The Last Generation,” Baal HaSulam writes that everyone can retain their religion; it is not in conflict with spiritual attainment.
Granted, Jewish traditions differ from other traditions in that they reflect the true spiritual laws, but their external observance in no way facilitates the soul’s correction. They are only a set of customs meant to be observed in this world as a culture of the people.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/28/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam