Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 46: The verse says (Deuteronomy 31:17-31:18), “And My fury will rage against them on that day, and I will abandon them and hide My face from them, and they will be consumed, and many evils and troubles will befall them, and they will say on that day, ‘Is it not because our God is no longer among us, that these evils have befallen us?’ And I will hide My face…”
The troubles conceal the Creator, the source, from a person, which means that the Creator is concealed from him. This is how the desire to receive is made. The more troubles he feels and the more he suffers, the less he feels the Creator, until He is no longer visible. After all, the Creator is the source of goodness, and the troubles conceal the Creator from a person.
When you regard these words, you will find that in the beginning it states, “Then My fury will rage… …and hide My face,” meaning one concealment. Afterwards, it states, “and many evils and troubles will befall them… …And I will hide My face…,” meaning double concealment. We must understand what “double concealment” is.
This is a very subtle remark: that a person first feels a single concealment and only afterward reaches the double concealment. If I have no recognition or feeling of the Creator in any way, I cannot say that He is concealed. So, first, there is a single concealment, and only then when more understandings and troubles accumulate, do I reach a double concealment.
However, the Creator doesn’t disappear in a double concealment either. The Creator disappears only when you live in feeling the corporeal body. However, if I am a human being, Adam, which means that I resemble the Creator in some way, I am always in a state of concealment, either single or double. The difference between them is the amount of evil that I feel when I develop my sensitivity to the Creator.
Thus, the level of evil that is revealed to me determines whether I am in a single or a double concealment. This refers to a person who understands who the Creator is, the good that does good.
The Creator’s goodness is not in filling my desires to receive with pleasure but in bringing me to the goal of creation and teaching me properly. Therefore, I am ready for the afflictions as long as I advance in the vessels of bestowal so that I will resemble Him and accept the whole process.
I am increasingly more closely adhered to the Creator, which means that He becomes the good and the benevolent. His goodness is revealed in the equivalence of my ideology to His: the idea, the goal, and the means of attaining it. I determine that He is good that does good as a result of what He teaches me at any given moment in every way.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/27/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam