Answer: No. The quality of faith is the quality of bestowal and if I have the quality of bestowal and it is sufficiently strong, then I can already receive the feeling of the Creator in it, which is called the light of Hochma.
Question: You say: “there is no faith.” But don’t we talk about: “faith in the teacher, faith in the friend, faith in the books, faith in the Creator”?
Answer: This is not the same faith Kabbalah speaks about. In Kabbalah, faith is the force with which I can create and act. It is an opportunity to be like the Creator.
Question: How does a brand new student become acquainted with the wisdom of Kabbalah? Is it better to read from the sources: Rabash, Baal HaSulam, and your books?
Answer: I would recommend reading my book Attaining the Worlds Beyond. Even though I do not consider it as a primary source, I think that this is the most appropriate book for getting acquainted with Kabbalah. To some extent, this book is an easier translation of the book Shamati.
Question: If a person’s development was in awareness and feelings and that person died at the age of 10, 12, 14, or 17, then in the next incarnation, would that person’s awareness and feelings remain at the same age? Would this be a soul or a spirit?
Answer: All that a person goes through in this life is not lost and one continues on their way.
Question: I do not see how to realize myself in this world in order to maintain my corporeal needs. I feel I am in the dark. Is it worthwhile for me to direct all my efforts in finding a group and studying, with the belief that this will actually give me understanding?
Answer: I believe that a person needs to acquire a profession that will make it possible for him to support himself and his family in a normal way, without any luxuries, and to dedicate the rest of his time to spiritual development. This will certainly already be an optimal life.
Question: What is “intellect” from the point of view of Kabbalah?
Answer: From the point of view of Kabbalah, intellect is the light of Hochma that fills the light of Hassadim.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/23/18