Earlier in the Torah, it is written “Do not oppress the stranger who came to you” or “you were a stranger in the land of Egypt,” and so on.
It is impossible to explain these conditions on the material level because they vary from place to place, and according to the description given in the Torah, from degree to degree. Therefore, we can’t look at it purely pragmatically, in the material way because everything depends on the spiritual degree.
Question: What does it mean on the particular spiritual degree: “From the foreigner you may exact; but what is yours with your brother, your hand shall release”?
Answer: After entering the land of Israel, all are brothers. There shouldn’t be foreigners in the land of Israel because it is a spiritual state when egoism is corrected to a certain extent and absolutely correct interaction, connection, and revelation of the Creator begins between them. Therefore, those who are not yet ready for this are called foreigners.
A “foreigner” in the land of Israel is Klipa (an impure state). As soon as the people of Israel enter this land,1 they immediately start to purify it though their presence and wars with those who lived there, that is, with the uncorrected desires. Therefore, foreigners or the seven nations living in the land of Israel symbolize egoistic desires of the Jews who enter this level.
Question: What was the role of the seven nations who lived there until the people of Israel entered this land?
Answer: They had no role. Internally they are in each person as the impure, uncorrected, egoistic forces that are revealed only when a person fights for the right to be on this spiritual level.
And if he doesn’t fight, he won’t feel them. Without getting closer to the level of the land of Israel, a person can’t discover the seven nations, meaning seven of his egoistic qualities.
Comment: It is interesting that when we tell an ordinary person on the street that human nature is egoistic, he replies, “I am not an egoist, I am a giver.”
My Response: Of course, because he doesn’t reveal this within himself.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/3/16