Question: I have been studying with you for a few years and my understanding of Kabbalistic terms is constantly changing. Apparently the word “hatred” is also a Kabbalistic term. How does this notion change for a person as one develops spiritually?
Answer: Usually, the term “rejection” is used in Kabbalah. That is, it is not the feeling of hatred itself but its reaction, its action.
Question: Is our goal to reach the Creator, who is love?
Answer: The purpose of our development is to reach the Creator or universal love, which are the same.
Question: Why does a loving Creator awaken terrible hatred, anger, and rage in me toward Him?
Answer: It is in order for you to resist these feelings, to overcome them, and bring yourself to the state of absolute love.
Question: Do love and hatred correspond to the pillars of mercy and justice?
Answer: No. Mercy and justice and hatred and love are very different categories; later we will later learn how to put together and thereby develop our soul. That is, we will learn to add a bit of hatred, a bit of love, a bit of every feeling depending on the circumstances, in particular combinations.
Question: It follows from the method of Kabbalah that a person cannot reveal the Creator on a deserted island? He has no one to love or hate.
Answer: Of course, one cannot. One person alone is not a man.
Question: Can one love others without love for oneself?
Answer: No, it is impossible. You can love others only when you love yourself.
Question: Can it be said that the transition from self-love to love in a ten is empathy or projection?
Answer: No. There is no need for these definitions.. They provide nothing. You will get confused with them and think we understand each other. No such words exist in Kabbalah.
Question: Who is “the other”: a single person, a ten, or the entire world?
Answer: “The other” is the ten, no less. Preferably ten.
Question: We speak about two opposites, love and hatred, all the time. Is there an intermediate, middle state where we have freedom?
Answer: Freedom is precisely between love and hatred. This is a so-called the middle part of the Sefira Tifferet.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/29/19