Torah, Deuteronomy 12:13 – 12:14: Beware, lest you offer up your burnt offerings any place you see. But only in the place the Lord will choose in one of your tribes; there you shall offer up your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you.
A sacrifice (“Kurban” in Hebrew is from the word “Karov,” approximation) means approaching the quality of bestowal and love.
I tear myself away from egoism, pull it out of myself, and I begin to break it. On one hand, it really is a sacrifice, but on the other hand, it is an approximation. To the extent that I can divert my egoism to bestowal and love, I approach the Creator.
I do it with joy; otherwise, it won’t work out since I need to act in my desire, not physically, where I can work against my desire.
I must reach the state where I myself want to kill my egoism in its current form, to begin changing it, to turn it inside out, and work for those who are outside of me, including my most terrible haters, enemies, and disgusting people, which I cannot think of without shuddering.
In Kabbalah, the hero is the one who can change himself relative to them and change them within himself, because all of these “freaks” are within me. They are my inner qualities.
The inner ugliness draws the absolutely correct, ideal quality to me. So, I need to compare myself correctly to what is within me, and understand that everything outside of me shows me who I am within. This work is called sacrifice.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/30/16