We are obliged to approach this whole subject from the thought and purpose of creation, from the perspective of the general, the whole picture. We cannot understand and know even a single part if we are not familiar with its place within the whole. Since all of reality is one system, there is no part that is not determined by the whole.
In general, all of creation, the entire desire to receive, defined as Malchut of the world of Infinity, must reach correction, equivalence of form with the Light of Infinity, meaning that it must increase itself 620 times through 125 levels. Accordingly, if we consider our world, it will be clear to us that all of the creatures that we see must reach the end of correction. We are talking about all of humanity, even if a few billion more people are added to the Earth’s population.
In principle, free choice and the possibility of acting according to their desire without being connected directly with the Creator is given only to humans. This means that the opportunity is given to people to change themselves a little.
We still need to examine precisely how this ability is expressed in someone who yearns to be like the Creator. People like these are called “Israel,” which means straight to the Creator, “Yashar El.” And someone who doesn’t yearn for this is said to be part of the “nations of the world.” But ultimately, both they and the others must reach full equivalence of form with the Creator through cooperation between them.
In the course of development in our world, there are people, more precisely, desires, with such a yearning that has been prepared from birth. People like these (Israel) receive a push (a call) to discover the Creator, to approach Him, and reach adhesion with Him. They must do this first and the others will come after them; for ultimately everyone will reach their own final correction regarding the Creator.
The difference in the means for attaining the Creator is also derived from this. In general, the means is called the wisdom of Kabbalah. But Israel and the nations of the world use it and realize it differently. The time allotted for the entire process is 6000 years, during which, without a doubt, all of the creatures must reach adhesion with the Creator.
All of the still, vegetative, and animate nature ascend and descend on the ladder of adhesion together with the level of the speaking without any effort from their side. And people must advance individually and collectively from their free choice.
So there is a difference in disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah to Israel and the nations of the world. A person who belongs to Israel feels an attraction and link to it; he feels that the opportunity for fulfillment is hidden here, so he is very happy to encounter the wisdom of Kabbalah. This is because from the start he has felt a deficiency that is expressed in the question: “What is the reason for living?” At the moment he has no reason for living; he doesn’t sense any true “taste” and fulfillment in life; instead he always feels something is missing. In such a case, after he becomes familiar with the wisdom of Kabbalah, he discovers that he has found a means for fulfillment.
And the people who don’t feel that anything like this is missing and simply feel bad on the still, vegetative, and animate levels of development, can nevertheless feel a deficiency through which they can connect to the wisdom of Kabbalah. Clearly, they don’t need it at all, but the usual deficiencies that the Creator awakens in them, with the help of the general crisis, push them to search for a better life. So gradually they find a deficiency for higher things.
There are a number of reasons for this. One of them is that their daily deficiencies are still developing and the “point in the heart,” that was formerly concealed, now becomes revealed. And besides this, the desire to ascend can also be discovered as a result of integration with the people of Israel, meaning with the people who yearn for the Creator, and, together with them, they become one body, one vessel (Kli). This is the way that is designed for most of the nations of the world.
In any case, it is up to us to look at things correctly and also understand the reasons for the negative attitude of the nations of the world toward the people of Israel and the accusations against the people of Israel, that instead of bringing them pleasure, they bring them suffering, troubles, and problems. They blame Israel for every evil that exists in the world, and this points to a link between the nations of the world and Israel, and their interdependence also. Even though the nations of the world discover the connection in a more negative form, in spite of it all, this still speaks about how much they feel their dependence on the children of Israel.
So it is up to us to think carefully about how we can correct this situation and why the Creator arouses us and the nations of the world specifically in this way so that we will ultimately reach absolute adhesion with Him.
In the present stage, our dissemination focuses on the people of Israel. As Baal HaSulam explains in the end of the “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” in the beginning of the process, the inner parts that yearn to discover the Creator are joined. After this those who have Reshimot (spiritual genes) remaining in them from their former ascents to bestowal and adhesion with the Creator from the days of the Beit HaMikdash (temple) will join them, meaning the collective vessel (Kli) with an intention for the sake of bestowal on the basis of union with Israel. So we must awaken those who are called a Jew by “passport” and not according to their aspiration.
And together with this, we must awaken all the nations of the world so that they will know the general process, because we are in the days of the Messiah, as Baal HaSulam and other Kabbalists write. Today we are talking already about the whole general correction so everyone must recognize the process of correction and share in it.
So it is up to us to disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah to the whole world. After all, it is said that the redemption will specifically come thanks to the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah and the dissemination of The Book of Zohar throughout the world. There is a need both in people who yearn for the Creator and are called Israel in spirituality, and also in people who belong to Israel in our world (the Jews) who don’t feel the yearning. As of today, everyone must understand the goal of creation.
So the Creator is arousing problems everywhere, including the threat of a third world war and the general crisis in nature and in human society. Through this, He awakens all people, all the nations of the world, to work to attain the goal. So our explanations must reach everyone without exception.
From the Talk about the Importance of Dissemination 8/12/14