The purpose of an obstacle is to teach us to overcome it, to put spiritual elevation above any earthly achievement, meaning to place the Creator above everything else.
Question: What types of obstacles are there?
Answer: There are all sorts. But usually, it is food, sex, family, pride, fame, and knowledge.
Question: Until recently, hunger was a really big obstacle. The family of our teacher, a high-level Kabbalist, was starving. What does the Creator want to tell us by this?
Answer: He tests people. Will you be eager to earn as much as possible by any means or will you be content only with the fact that you exist and somehow subsist from day to day. These are very serious problems.
Comment: But today virtually nobody is starving. That is all in the past.
My Response: Yes, these problems have been resolved by previous generations.
Question: What obstacles does an ordinary person face today?
Answer: Today we have domestic problems with sex, family.
The family is disintegrating because a person with today’s egoism cannot exist in the same shell called family for a long time. This is why both psychologists and sociologists are saying that a person will have two or three families in the course of their lifetime.
Question: People used to live in a family for 20 years while today it is unlikely that a person will stand it for 50 to 60 years. That is, today the Creator sends great obstacles through a family, doesn’t He?
Answer: Yes, but not only. I think people will draw closer to spirituality through the obstacles of a different level: wealth, fame, and knowledge.
Fame drives a person forward. Look at what happens with the government before elections. And knowledge? Look at what transpires between scientists. Although they also have aspiration toward fame, it prevails over their aspiration toward knowledge.
Regarding the general mass of people, they are primarily interested in sex, family, and money.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/25/19