Prophets, Joshua, Chapter 4:1 – 4:3: And it was when all the nation had completely passed over the Jordan, the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, take to yourselves twelve men from the people, a man from every tribe. And command them saying, Take to yourselves from here out of the midst of the Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and you shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where you shall lodge this night.
People take their basic desires and perform certain work because corrections are impossible without changing egoistic desires into altruistic ones.
To enter the land of Israel means to correct egoistic desires into love for one’s neighbor and through this into love for the Creator. And the Creator is the one common desire where they must fully unite in mutual bestowal to each other.
Therefore, they take stones (from the word “Lev HaEven”- “stony heart”), carry them across the Jordan, and put them in a special way on the other side of the Jordan in the land of Israel in memory of the fact that the crossing-over took place here.
Question: It is said that the twelve stones were taken from the middle of the Jordan where the feet of the priests stood firmly. Why are we talking about this particular place?
Answer: This is the boundary, the transition of the remaining egoistic desires into altruistic ones, which is carried out exactly in the middle.
Question: What do the priests within me mean?
Answer: These are qualities that can work not for themselves. There are several steps in this. Moreover, such desires are chosen that are suitable precisely for the severity of this transition.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/5/21