Question: Being in Egypt (in egoism), people go through “seven years of abundance.” What is this state?
Answer: They are beginning to understand that working together, which did not exist before Egypt at all, benefits them.
They see the benefit in the fact that they understand more, know more, and achieve some earthly success in their unity. And this is called “seven years of abundance.”
Comment: Even today science proves that when people interact, it brings a lot of benefits.
My Response: Yes. But this is absolutely not a movement toward comprehension of the Creator.
Question: And then seven years of famine begin. What does this mean?
Answer: They begin to realize that what they are in does not lead them to the correct result, does not give them a connection with the Creator, to what they want to achieve, reveal, and understand.
Then they begin to cry to the Creator: “What should we do? After all, this is our desire. After all, we are the sons of Jacob. We want to reveal the Creator, to comprehend Him. For this we exist. And suddenly we see that everything is given to us in egoism, but nothing is given in the properties of the Creator. We in no way feel that we are getting closer to Him.”
This state, comprehended by them, is called “Pithom and Ramses.”
Question: Why does this go on for seven years? Where does the number seven come from?
Answer: The soul consists of ten Sefirot, ten parts: three head parts (Keter, Hochma, and Bina) and seven lower ones, in which the head parts are reflected, meaning fill them, act in them.
Therefore, the seven lower Sefirot (Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, and Yesod) receive from the head of the soul. And so it continues: seven years of abundance before realizing worthlessness, emptiness, and the dead end of the path, and then seven years of famine. Abundance in egoism, famine in the desire to get out of it.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/15/19