Answer: No way. A person must work even if he has no need for money. Regarding a profession, I would recommend to a person who wants to be a Kabbalist to choose work that doesn’t require a lot of thinking, rather than becoming a doctor, for example. A doctor will be inundated by work, even being called at night. Although he will certainly make a much lower salary than a doctor, he will be more relaxed and have time for the development of the soul.
Comment: But there are many doctors and programmers who study with us….
Answer: Everything is relative. A person that is devoted to spiritual work cannot dedicate his time to becoming well known in a profession because his thoughts will be completely focused on spiritual attainment. His focus will no longer be directed to the development, inventions, and visions of a demanding profession.
Question: Did your inclination toward science and involvement with cybernetics help you in learning the wisdom of Kabbalah, or did it only get in the way?
Answer: When I finished my studies, I worked as a junior researcher in an institute for blood transfusion. This was long before I started studying the wisdom of Kabbalah. I immigrated to Israel only after finishing my master’s degree. So, all of this belongs to my past—I left all of it behind. Since then, I have not been involved with cybernetics; I only remember particular fundamentals that help me to teach the wisdom of Kabbalah, because cybernetics is a science that concerns the governance of life and the wisdom of Kabbalah also concerns the governance of life, but on a higher level.
I learned cybernetics in order to fill an empty void within me. I thought nothing was more interesting than a theory about managing life, describing how life is created, how it behaves, where it comes from, what it is for, and why. As a student, I gradually understood what was written in those books and what they deal with, so I became interested. But when I finished my studies, all of the romance in this context “evaporated.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/10/16