The Torah, “Leviticus” (Metzora), 14:8: “The person being cleansed shall then immerse his garments, shave off all his hair, and immerse [himself] in water, and become clean. After this, he may enter the camp, but he shall remain outside his tent for seven days.”
This speaks about methods of purifying the desires by gradually performing more internal work.
The hair (Se’arot) symbolizes a person’s unfulfilled desires and therefore stem from the Hebrew word “Sauer” (stormy), that is, a person feels an inner storm with the inability to fulfill himself with bestowal.
Shaving off one’s hair means getting rid of these desires and agreeing not to use them. In fact these are the greatest desires and the strongest impulses a person has.
The Torah, “Leviticus” (Metzora), 14:9: “And it shall be, on the seventh day, that he shall shave off all his hair: [that of] his head, his beard, his eyebrows; indeed, all his hair he shall shave off. He shall then immerse his garments and immerse his flesh in water, thus becoming clean.”
The seven days of purification help a person totally get rid of the previous level on which his egoistic impulses were revealed.
He corrects the egoistic desires that are left for seven days (seven Sefirot) and when he purifies himself of them he is ready for bestowal.
Comment: We usually go over the Torah portion in greater detail…
Answer: If we were in spiritual attainment, we could speak about it a lot. There are for example, endless hours about food on TV on all the channels. These are the most popular shows…
I remember when the book About Tasty Healthy Food was published by Stalin. People were hungry and this book with beautiful elegant pictures of different dishes was published; people bought it and it filled them a bit. It was a serious public relations move campaign way before the times of Hollywood and America with its advertising campaigns. Psychologically it worked 150%.
I saw something similar to that not long ago in the U.S. when I visited our publisher. His wife is of Russian origin and she deals with diamonds. They published a book about diamonds that had an unprecedented demand in the U.S. and Canada, especially in places where no one had ever seen such diamonds.
People who don’t have them enjoy the feeling of seeing them: how everything glitters and changes colors, and how they are polished etc. For them it is like having all that wealth. It is a great psychological stunt.
In other words, we can speak endlessly about food and diamonds because we feel a taste in it, we want it, and we know what it is. See how many dishes can be prepared from the same materials. People have different tastes and different feelings, whereas when it comes to spirituality they feel no taste for the time being.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/25/14