The Torah, “Leviticus” (Acharei), 16:1-16:2: And the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, when they drew near before the Lord, and they died. And the Lord said to Moses: “Speak to your brother Aaron, that he should not come at all times into the Holy, within the dividing curtain, in front of the cover that is upon the ark, so that he should not die, for I appear over the ark cover in a cloud.”
“When they drew near before the Lord, and they died” means that their attributes and actions were equal to the level of the Creator, and when they saw that they could not use them, they annulled them.
“That he should not come at all times into the Holy” means that not at any state. Time is a state; in spirituality there is no time. There are no heavenly bodies, like in the corporeal world, that determine day and night and years. Therefore, this expression refers to the fact that one can get close to the Creator only when he is in an accurate equivalence of form with Him.
Question: What is the meaning of “curtain” and the “cloud?”
Answer: The ark itself is the attribute of Bina that is total bestowal. Above it, there is only the attribute of love. The appearance of the Creator takes place in the attribute of bestowal. It creates the attribute of concealment by itself since, if I want to bestow, it means that I don’t want to receive anything, not even the outcome of my actions.
Thus, if I really work in order to bestow, it makes no difference what I receive for my bestowal. I only want to bestow, without getting anything in return.
In the end it turns out that nothing remains but to work in concealment. When I conceal myself, the Creator comes close to me. If I discover my attributes by wanting to receive something as a result, He draws away from me. Everything is exactly according to the formula of equivalence of form. He is complete bestowal and I am complete reception. To the extent that I can establish the attribute of bestowal inside me as well, we get closer.
So, getting close to the screen (Masach) that conceals everything is possible only when you constantly establish the attribute of bestowal inside you and become more and more similar to the general attribute of love and bestowal, to the Creator. Therefore, it is written, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” which is equal to the concept “I am the Creator, HaVaYaH.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/6/14