The twelve tribes of Israel who wandered in the wilderness as a single whole, swallowed the wilderness into them to the degree that they discovered the ego, worked on it, and digested it into the characteristic of unity between them.
When they approached the borders of Israel, they united as a whole, and they became the characteristic that could begin to conquer the ego. They didn’t just rise above the ego as they did during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness when the ego was revealed 100% and they acquired it in the form of their spiritual potential, but they had no connection with it.
Now with their entry into the land of Israel, they took the ego like a bulldozer with a scoop and digested it by transforming it into altruism. Not only did they rise above the ego, but with its help, they could bestow, receive, and cooperate reciprocally between them. This was the conquest of the land of Israel in which there were seven nations—seven profoundly egoistic characteristics—that must be worked on through our internal wars.
So, the people began to fight against them by processing the ego and constantly shoveling it inside themselves. The conquest and subjugation of the ego, working with it for bestowal and love, is called “receiving for the sake of bestowal” and marks the conquest of the land of Israel. “Land” (Eretz) is derived from the word “desire” (Ratzon). “Israel” means “Straight to the Creator” (Yashar El). After that, the people of Israel could attain the level called the “Temple” (Beit HaMikdash). Acquisition of the general desire with which it is possible to discover the Creator fully, His highest revelation, is called the building of the first Temple (the level of Mochin de Haya) where the Upper Light is revealed.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/31/14