The created beings have to implement the thought of the Creator, His program, and bring themselves to the purpose of creation. In that process, there is a chain of actions performed by the shattered pieces of creation that are gathering and connecting into one soul as it was before the sin of the Tree of Knowledge, before the shattering of the common soul. The connecting parts of the soul are called Kabbalists.
These parts of the soul that are very different from each other, make corrections of the shattering, one after another. We see how different Kabbalists are from each other from their writings and from how they fulfill their mission. There were special, outstanding souls throughout history, that is, during the process of correction: the soul of Adam HaRishon and then his disciples, twenty generations from Abraham (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, David … ), through Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Moshe De Leon, Rambam, and other Kabbalists until today.
In this chain, there is one very special soul, extremely precious to us, even more than Rashbi and Baal HaSulam —the Ari (Isaac Luria). This man opened the wisdom of Kabbalah to us. Without him, not a single writing of the subsequent Kabbalists would have reached us, and therefore for us as “the users” of Kabbalah, the Ari is especially important.
From the Ari onward, Kabbalah started to develop and adapt itself to modern times, and due to this fact, today we see ourselves closer to redemption—specifically thanks to the Ari. Of course, this includes the great work of the Baal Shem Tov and then Baal HaSulam and Rabash. Baal HaSulam in the nature of his mission was more similar to the Ari, and Rabash was more like the Baal Shem Tov. And prior to all of them, there was Rashbi, who brought to the world the light of final correction that helps, pushes and draws everyone to the final correction.
However, the Ari is a very important point in humanity’s history and we highly appreciate this Kabbalist and the contribution he made for us, or rather, how the Creator, through the soul of the Ari, helped us to get closer to the purpose of our life.
The Ari taught only for one-and-a-half years in northern Israel, then died. Yet this was enough to awaken a great light in the world with the actions of his soul. Through the Ari, this illumination in the form of surrounding Light reaches everyone and gives a great awakening to all the generations following him. His whole life, his writings, his group, and the works he left, both written and oral—all are extremely concealed and vague. However, other souls came, such as Baal Shem Tov and Baal HaSulam, and continued the work of the Ari with great devotion and strength.
Today, on the Ari’s Memorial Day we must feel how much we owe this soul, through which the Creator has done so much in order to bring us the wisdom of Kabbalah. We have to receive the Ari’s message and pass it on.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/16/18, “Memorial Day of Ari”