Many people think that what is most important is to annul one’s ego and separate from it, to become so holy that you cannot hurt a fly, like an angel in the sky. It is a big mistake to think that this is how we achieve correction. We only distance ourselves from evil, but do not correct it; therefore, we don’t fulfill the purpose of creation.
Thus, Hanukkah is the middle of the path: “stop here” (Hanu-ko). We still have a war ahead of us, enormous and unique, but now, having achieved the bestowing desires we get a respite. This pause means that we change our method for the rest of the war.
At first, the war was waged to conquer the desires of bestowal, faith above reason. Then we begin to work with the desires of reception for the sake of bestowal. This is a completely different approach. Thus, one should not think that a simple distance from egoism is the end of correction. In fact, this is only a preparation for the correction, which hasn’t started yet.1
Why is it that we cannot continue the old way after Hanukkah, but need new strength? Because a totally different light is coming. Before Hanukkah we grow in our bestowing desires, in smallness, Galgalta ve Eynaim. We are not yet fighting our egoism, we just rise above it. We do not turn the evil inclination into a good one, nor use the ego to turn it into holiness.
By turning the angel of death into a holy angel, we build the image of the Creator. All the evil that the Creator has embedded us with we transform into His image.2
From the 3d part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/22/19, “Hanukkah”
1 Minute 4:25
2 Minute 7:40