Answer: The entire period after the holiday of Shavuot and the giving of the Torah, meaning the “descent” of the unification system and elevation above the human ego, is portrayed for us as a very complex stage. It is impossible to simply achieve realization of the correction method among the Jewish people or all of humanity without serious complications. We see that every action, even the best, in any case must begin from suffering, from an impulse, from an understanding that it cannot be realized, that it requires sacrifices, and it is specifically the events of the 17th of Tammuz that provide an answer to this subject.
The 17th of Tammuz is a tragic date in the history of the Jewish people. It was the beginning of the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem. In all times this date has been marked with sorrow. It symbolizes the beginning of becoming aware of our inability to carry out the plan of creation, meaning the direct correction of human nature.
After all, to correct it we must incorporate all of our characteristics with those of the Creator. This is a very interesting point because there is nothing positive about us!
The incorporation of the positive characteristics of the Creator with the negative characteristics of the person in order to change their form from a “mess” can only happen with destruction, with a shattering. Otherwise it is impossible to bring the two characteristics, the two opposing categories, together.
It is achieved only through an “explosion” as in the formation of metal alloys or the formation of a mixture of oil and water. It is accomplished only through a strong and shaking collision.
This is how the walls of the Temple were crumbled and then the Temple itself was destroyed. Everything was shattered and ground into dust! So for thousands of years the Jewish people endured much suffering including the Holocaust, expulsion, extermination and pogroms.
We have reached a state, where through studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, under the influence of the Upper Light, we are beginning to differentiate true goodness from bad, the characteristics of the Creator from the characteristics of the creature. By separating and correcting them, we place them as two lines against each other and abide in the middle line between them, combining good and bad in the correct mutual relationship with each other.
The 17th of Tammuz (Yud-Zayin Tammuz) represents the beginning of the explosive shattering through and the power of the mutual entry of the two opposite properties of the Creator and creation.
Egoism and the characteristics of the Creator, (the property of love and bestowal), can exist separately by themselves. But when they come in contact with each other, an explosion occurs without which it is not possible to recognize the evil of our nature and begin its correction.
It is in this explosive entry of the forces of good in the force of evil, that have within them so-called Reshimot, informational records by which gradually, with the help of the Upper Light, it is possible to place the ego in the lowest state and obligate it to serve the goodness of the characteristics of bestowal and love since it cannot do anything itself.
Therefore, from the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, these are essential periods. They existed from the beginning within the plan of creation even before their realization in our world, beginning with the siege of the Temple in Jerusalem followed by its destruction.
We have already gone through all of this, and now if we behave correctly, we can expect only good times of correction and the correct realization of the Reshimot that are found within our egoism.
For this we must attract the Upper Light to be able to distinguish with its help where there is a bad characteristic and where there is a good characteristic, how to separate between them, and how to correct one relative to the other. If we approach correction correctly, then no more evil will be revealed in the world because all of the negative characteristics of the creature will have already been revealed in the past.
The wisdom of Kabbalah makes it possible for us to begin with a fundamental cleansing and clarification of our characteristics, to evaluate the states we are going through clearly, to choose the positive side relative to the negative, and to place them correctly one against the other.
Then from the connection between them, we can build a single field and a correct connection between us that will be called the “Third Temple,” the common desire that will reveal the upper force and a new level of existence to us.
I hope that these days will be used as a push to recognize what is happening and that people will begin with a correction to move properly and easily through the clarification of the evil in their nature.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/11/16