Question: Is there a concept of “atonement for sins” in Kabbalah? Who is to blame if the Creator controls everything and a person is completely under His management? Who can determine the length of the person’s stay in the cities of banishment for a crime?
When I studied with Rabash, I would recite a passage from the Babylonian Talmud to him and he would explain what the people who wrote it meant from a spiritual perspective. It was very interesting because everything seemed completely different: they wrote in the language of the branches of our world while implying the upper roots.
For example, people who committed crimes were sent to the cities of asylum for six years. Although our world is seemingly separate from the spiritual world, the six years represent the six Sefirot of HGT NHY, which a person has to go through in order to advance from Malchut to Bina in the seventh year, and those six years are reflected in our world.
Although these are not the years of the corporeal world; nevertheless, a person has to be isolated for these six years while he works on himself, advancing through the six degrees of the spiritual world. This is called the “correction.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/19/18