Torah, Deuteronomy 32:18 – 32:21: You forgot the [Mighty] Rock Who bore you; you forgot the God Who delivered you. And the Lord saw this and became angry, provoked by His sons and daughters. And He said, “I will hide My face from them. I will see what their end will be, for they are a generation of changes; they are not [recognizable] as My children whom I have reared. They have provoked My jealousy with a non-god, provoked My anger with their vanities. Thus, I will provoke their jealousy with a non-people, provoke their anger with a foolish nation.
The Creator does not allow the children of Israel to calm down. He seems to say: “You will behave in a criminal way toward each other and the rest of the nations, and the peoples of the world in relation to you, and eventually all together in relation to Me. But only in this way will you become the chosen and special people.”
The people of Israel have to pass through these states because only from a sense of evil and the necessity to achieve good does a person begin to call out to the Creator. He understands that he is obliged to undergo this operation and agrees that the Creator will perform it on him. This is called the awareness of evil.
Question: Does the Creator speak in such a way on purpose, so that a person connects to His thought?
Answer: The Creator explains his future states to him from which he must act and come to life. It is written, “They have provoked My jealousy with a non-god, provoked My anger with their vanities. Thus, I will provoke their jealousy with a non-people, provoke their anger with a foolish nation.” This means: “I will give you the states in which you will hate each other and will hardly exist in this hatred at the lowest level.”
And really, look at what is happening now with our people. To what extent it is torn, separated, internally opposed to itself. There is no other people that would be so multifaceted in its negative polarity.
Compared to what the Creator requires of us, there is nothing positive within us. And if there is, then this positive correlation is not with us, but with the fact that we have a spark from the Creator, from which, perhaps, the flame will kindle.
We are its carriers. But this is why we are even meaner and more egoistic than all other nations. If it weren’t for this spark, we would be like the rest. But we will never be like them. Inside us there is something that has been distinguishing us from other nations throughout the millennia of our history, and there is nowhere that we can get away from it.
We need to understand that we are obliged to realize in ourselves a special truth, a method: “to be a light unto nations.” That is, to show all nations the possibility of uniting, creating the correct community of people in which the Creator is revealed. Only we can do this, but we do not fulfill our role. That is why we are so hated. That is why the Torah calls us a “foolish nation” that can do good to others, but does not do it. The nations of the world instinctively understand this and rightfully hate it.
Especially at a time when we have already received the land, the state, all the conditions to reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah to the whole world and bring it to people. But no one wants to listen to Kabbalists, everybody turns away from us.
Question: That is why He “will hide My face”?
Answer: Yes. The Creator is moving away. He is hiding behind our egoism, while right now He must reveal himself in the quality of bestowal and love over the egoistic quality. And since we do not do it, He hides even more.
“Disclosing the face of the Creator” means that we see the correct management, we know how to act, and in response to our every right action, we immediately receive a good, wonderful impact of nature. This is an absolutely complete interaction! We immediately receive an answer for any action. Baal HaSulam writes about this in the article “Concealment and Disclosure of the Face of the Creator.” That is, all of nature is revealed to us as a panel on which we see everything and can take anything from it. We work with it in unison, in friendly tandem.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/30/17