Answer: Men and women should study separately so that they will not engage in corporeal forms of communication instead of in spirituality. The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t consider people to be angels, and so love and sexuality should not be mixed with spirituality. This is very important. This is the reason that men don’t study with women in a group of ten, and don’t sit together at the same table.
A group has to be made of two equal subgroups: the men’s group and the women’s group. Other than the study itself, they should help each other in preparing meals, cleaning, the maintenance of the facilities, etc.; the main thing is not to interfere in each other’s spiritual intentions. Wherever there are no spiritual intentions involved, there should be the usual mutual cooperation.
Question: Are there men and women in the world today whose level of development enables them to be in a group of ten together without interfering with each other’s spirituality?
Answer: There are many groups of ten men and many groups of ten women and each works wonderfully and advances, but it is still too early to combine them. They have to be behind a Masach (screen) above the Tzimtzum (restriction), in the attribute of bestowal, outside themselves, and this state has to be permanent. The groups should not be mixed during the spiritual work because if they are, their attention would be drawn to the sexual differences.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/26/16