Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Section 71: The reason for their words is, as we have explained, that when all those who engage in the Torah degrade their own internality and the internality of the Torah, leaving it as though it were redundant in the world, and engage in it only at a time that is neither day nor night, and in this regard, they are like blind searching the wall, by that, they intensify their own externality, the benefit of their own bodies.
Also, they consider the externality of the Torah higher than the internality of the Torah. And with these actions they cause all the forms of externality in the world to overpower all the internal parts in the world…
In such a generation, all the destructors among the nations of the world raise their heads and wish primarily to destroy and to kill the children of Israel, as it is written (Yevamot 63), “No calamity comes to the world but for Israel.” This means, as it is written in the above corrections, that they cause poverty, ruin, robbery, killing, and destruction in the whole world.
The time has come to leave the exile, but it is still difficult for us to understand the truth, which is that we must reach “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), which was written in the Torah 3,000 years ago. It has been difficult for us to sustain what has been written for thousands of years since the giving of the Torah.
Moreover, it is difficult for us to acknowledge that we are the complete opposite of the central principle of the Torah because there is a deep, unfounded hatred that exists between us that is not found anywhere else. There is no other nation in the world with such hatred between the various sectors as exists among the people of Israel. There are people who live in the nation and hate it even though they receive everything good from it, and there are those who feel precisely the opposite.
Where else is it possible to find an entire population that wants to annihilate its nation and enjoys the destructive actions that it causes? Where else is it possible to find people who yearn for the annihilation, bankruptcy, and eradication of their nation? Where else are there people who enjoy it when something bad happens in their nation?
It is clear that the Klipot (Shells) are active here, higher forces that are revealed in this form. So, it is difficult to justify the words of the Torah.
Question: Are we pointing the finger of blame on these people?
Answer: Of course, we don’t blame anyone. After all, this is our collective problem, the trouble of the people who are in such a wretched state and must now rise up and overcome it. I count on the secular part; it can actually approach the internal implementation of the Torah, even without “external support.” And maybe the two parts gradually will complement each other until they unite and not mixed together.
Without a doubt, the analysis of Baal HaSulam is correct, but the solution will come through the secular world and not through the ultra-Orthodox world. After thirty years of living among the ultra-Orthodox population, I understand them very well. None of them is to blame for this. After all, all of us are remnants of the exile, especially the religious Jews, and they still are imbued with that spirit.
What is to be done if a person carries out actions that bring negative results because they accustomed him from childhood that these actions are obligatory? Everyone around him absolutely supports the external implementation and doesn’t support the internal part in any manner or form. This is also true among the secular population. No one wants to implement the principle, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Basically, everything had to happen, even the destruction of the First and Second Temples, the exile that continued until this very day, and the rise to the top, but this ascent can be revealed in different ways. It can exist in the way of Beito (in its time), as the default of the purpose of creation according to the relationship between Lights and Kelim (Vessels), but here is our freedom of choice. We can insert our awakening, our personal yearning, into this relationship.
If we want to unite the two parts of the people, we can do this only with the help of the Light that Reforms, which is the Torah, and it illuminates only someone who wants to return to the source. So, if I don’t aim toward a return to bestowal and love through serving others for the Creator, nothing will help, including study and external performance of the Mitzvot (Commandments), for this is not Torah and not Mitzvot. This is not the purpose of creation.
The physical actions in themselves are not useful at all. If I am satisfied with them only, my Torah is dry and barren, and as a result of this, I cause disasters to fall upon the people of Israel and the entire world.
There is nothing to be done for this is a law of creation. There is no reason to argue about it or disagree with it. All of the Kabbalists who achieved all of the systems in the world spoke about this unanimously, and today the time has come to reveal this knowledge to everyone.
The situation has become intolerable. The separation and hatred between us is heading toward a greater disaster than existed eighty years ago in Europe, and I am saying this in all seriousness.
The question can be asked: Can we allow ourselves to remain indifferent? In the twenties of the previous century, the Kabbalists in Europe called for the Jews to leave the place. Baal HaSulam organized an entire project to move them from Poland to the land of Israel, but the leaders of the community did not allow him to carry out his plan, and much later all of them perished in the Holocaust, both those who wanted to travel and those who did not allow them to do so.
The same thing is liable to happen to us here as well if we continue to advance in the same direction. So, it is forbidden for us to inquire as to who is right and who is not.
The Creator is right, establishing strict laws of relationship between the Light and the Kli. If we work to connect one with the other, then it will be good for us, and if not, then it will be bad.
I am to blame. In other words, we who have the knowledge must disseminate it among the people of Israel with all our might; we must turn to all who are ready to hear and understand us. So, it could be that a few drops will finally penetrate even into the second sector that is strongly against this.
In my opinion, the religious nucleus must be enveloped by the secular, the people who develop the characteristic of bestowal and love within their environment, and then it even will penetrate internally.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/4/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam