Answer: No, it doesn’t bring you closer to the Creator. It is simply corporeal concern for others. The Creator is revealed between the students of the wisdom of Kabbalah when they focus themselves correctly to help each other ascend to the level of the Creator.
Question: When I have a chance to bestow, I am happy because my egoism is pleased to feel that it is great and meaningful. Is this using the ego correctly?
Answer: Yes. A person has to ascend and be glad about his ascent. Helping the friends ascend to the Creator is bestowal, while caring for each other on the level of our world doesn’t help in any way because in that case it is pure egoism.
Question: So why do we see that in our world?
Answer: In order to prepare people for the right connection between them, but nothing more than that.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/13/16