Answer: In many ways. The teacher needs to try and open up the student, to help him attune to a common wave with the teacher. They should try not just to understand each other, but to live together through one idea gradually being imbued with common sensations.
Question: What does it mean to become a student of a Kabbalist?
Answer: To become a student of a Kabbalist means to want the same feeling, understanding, and thought as the teacher.
Question: What rules should a student observe in relation to a Kabbalist teacher?
Answer: The student should try to attach himself to the thoughts of his teacher and try to enter into him as deeply as possible. Nothing else is needed. In order to do so, there are such auxiliary methods as helping the teacher in his activities.
Even in ordinary science a lot depends on how close a student is to his teacher. In Kabbalah, it is even more so because a Kabbalist passes to his students not simply knowledge, like professor to a student, but sensations that cannot be felt by the ordinary senses and qualities. Therefore, a much greater proximity is needed here—a common connection between them. However, this is achieved gradually.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals in Kabbalah,” 10/27/19