The Torah, “Numbers” 1:1 – 1:3: “The Lord spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert, in the Tent of Meeting on the first day of the second month, in the second year after the exodus from the land of Egypt, saying: “Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by families following their fathers’ houses; a head count of every male according to the number of their names. From twenty years old and upwards, all who are fit to go out to the army in Israel, you shall count them by their legions you and Aaron.”
“The Lord spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert,” means that we are starting to look at everything that happens through the state of Moses in us.
Question: What is the meaning of: “Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by families following their fathers’ houses?”
Answer: It refers to the complete attainment of the structure of the soul on the current level. On the whole we are rebuilding the general soul that has been revealed to man and then was shattered. Its rebuilding has to be fulfilled according to certain phases. Every unit must have a concrete role and precise connections with the others.
How do we do that? The general soul is made of five parts: Keter, and four other parts which we mark by the letters “Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey.” The zero part (Keter) cannot be divided. It is like a point that everything stems from. Each of the following parts is divided into three lines: the right line, the left line, and the middle line. The three lines are multiplied by four thus creating the twelve tribes.
This is how the calculation of each tribe is done: Have we all reached the state of wandering in the desert? This means that we have done everything in our power, that we have assembled everything above the attribute of absolute bestowal, and therefore we have nothing. Each of us is no one and nothing; we are in the desert. It is actually on top of this assembly that we can examine the building of the general soul, which means the intensity of each part of the twelve. This is called “take the sum of all the congregation” (the calculation) and this stems from the twelve sons of Jacob.
We examine the general structure of the whole soul and especially the general assembly of people (which are actually not people but their yearning to the Creator), and to what extent each of them annuls his self, to what extent he is connected to others and how together they all create one unique and unified system.
But what is the intensity of this system? To what extent are the parts of Hochma, Bina, Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut properly connected and act in mutual harmony? This is how we examine the state of the general soul.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/17/14