The Torah, “Numbers,” 15:30 – 15:31: But if a person should act highhandedly, whether he is a native born or a proselyte, he is blaspheming the Lord, and that soul shall be cut off from among its people. For he has scorned the word of the Lord and violated His commandment; that soul shall be utterly cut off for its iniquity is upon it.
Question: What does “that soul shall be utterly cut off” mean?
Answer: It is impossible to cut the soul off, for after all, this is the discovery of the characteristic of bestowal, love, the Light, in a person. If we make our egoistic desire similar to the Light, the upper force, then this characteristic of bestowal and love begins to perceive the Upper Light, be filled with it to the degree of equivalence with each other, and this is called a soul. In this manner, we connect ourselves with the Creator, with the Light.
Our main function is to gather all of our separate internal desires, intentions, thoughts, and feelings together under one solitary intention of bestowal and love outside of ourselves. And then to the degree that at any given moment they will be joined and connected within us, we create within us an object called the Creator and we feel Him within us. The characteristic of love and bestowal that this person can create within himself is the Creator.
Question: So why is it said that if, “a person should act highhandedly… shall be utterly cut off for his iniquity is upon it”?
Answer: If a person was on a spiritual height or he had the possibility of rising to this height, but he does the opposite, then he falls, descends from this height. It follows that the previous soul is apparently cut off and he must produce it anew, but already on another, greater level. So the descent is necessary.
In every stage you must fall from the previous level and rise to a higher level. When we read in the Torah, we see how the people made mistakes all the time. The question may be asked, couldn’t they learn anything?! But they must commit sins; they must discover the poisons of their ego within them again and again, then correct them and rise even higher upward. Along with this, they must be happy about their descent! As it is said, “A Tzaddik (righteous) will fall a thousand times and get up” (see Proverbs 24:16). This is our way.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/13/15