Question: What can one feel in the places that are influenced by spiritual forces?
Answer: A person who has no spiritual sensitivity will not be able to feel anything. I was standing beside my teacher in the most powerful place in our world, at the grave of Rashbi, and I can say that I almost felt nothing. At least, compared to him it was practically zero, and he was in absolute spiritual exaltation.
Question: Why do we feel a spiritual force at the grave of a Kabbalist and not at the place where he was born?
Answer: It does not matter. It simply is the only place where we know for certain, see, and feel that it is associated with Rashbi.
Question: Then why not in the cave Idra Rabba where he wrote The Book of Zohar?
Answer: Frankly, I personally am not sure that The Book of Zohar was written there. We never went there with my teacher. I have been in those places since, but I did not feel anything.
You can say the same thing about Miriam’s well on the Sea of Galilee. According to the legend, if a person drinks water from this well one begins to attain the upper world.
Of course, you can drink water from the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), it is not forbidden, but the fact that you will be able to acquire some spiritual attainment is, of course, a legend.
Each nation has very interesting and beautiful legends. However, we should understand the difference between the true Kabbalistic sources and the false ones.
First, everything depends on the place: even in our world, there must be a clear root you can touch. Second, a person must be able to touch it internally with one’s intentions. When these two conditions are fulfilled, there really is a spiritual contact.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/28/19