The Torah, “Numbers,” 16:12 – 16:14: And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said: “We will not come up. Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, but thou must needs make thyself also a prince over us?”
“Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards; wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up.”
None of a person’s attributes in his current form are ready to ascend to the level of the land of Israel, to complete love and bestowal. How can the people relate to Moses after the Creator says that those who work that way will die, regardless of the level they are on?!
This is the reason that the children of Israel are angry and complain: “Why have you brought us to this state? You are leading us forward, which means that you are responsible for everything.”
Now they know only one thing: when a certain day in the year called the Ninth of Av arrives, everyone digs himself a grave and lies in it and spends the whole day in it. No one knows in advance who is going to die, but every year 15,000 people die this way.
Thus there is an accurate demand here: I have to ascend above myself, to hold on to the next level where I will already be different and dead in my current attributes, and take on a different attribute, a new one, the attribute of bestowal.
The dead are those who cannot detach themselves from their previous state and therefore when the ascent begins, some are left behind and others rise, cover the graves, and keep on going. This means that they are not egoistic enough, and have not reached the level on which they can die and need to develop onward.
Comment: Does this mean that they will also die eventually?
Answer: They must! It is predetermined. They know they are doomed because it is impossible to live with these attributes, but the next generation will enter the attribute of complete bestowal and unity with the Creator.
The next generation is the transformation of the current generation, its next life. And so they live for it, and grow in it.
Question: Dathan and Abiram say: “We have come out of Egypt, which is a land flowing with milk and honey and we should have come to another land, which is also flowing with milk and honey,” what are these levels?
Answer: The children of Israel come out of Egypt not because they suffered there physically. Corporeal Egypt offered them everything, which means that the ego provided them with absolutely everything.
Now, however, they are in the desert, in the attribute of bestowal, and they receive the manna (MAN) from Heaven. This means that they live only on raising their prayers in order to be corrected and to be only in thoughts about bestowing unto others and caring about them. It is in such thoughts that the people feel the force of vitality and can breathe and advance.
Question: But still, they find Egypt attractive, what bribes them?
Answer: Goshen is the best land in Egypt, so why should they go ahead. It is better to go back! Pharaoh will receive them with open arms and embraces and will give them back this land that is also a land flowing with milk and honey. Pharaoh never shuts the door behind him, and this attracts them back.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/20/15