Question: All Jewish holidays symbolize certain spiritual states a person comes to as a result of spiritual work. On the other hand, on these dates, as you said, there is a certain awakening, a certain illumination from above. What are these states called holidays?
This light emanates, changes, and affects us, and by its altering influences constantly elevates us, teaches us, and makes us more and more complex and composite, and thus moves us forward. It is our spiritual evolution.
In principle, corporeal evolution also comes from the same light, only at the lowest level.
There is a correlation between corporeal and spiritual levels. Light affects the entire volume of the universe: inanimate, vegetative, animate, human, our spiritual properties and states, as well as the degrees we study in the wisdom of Kabbalah. And at the same time, we study how to master them, how to really begin to feel them and climb them.
All this is with a certain reliance on each other in a cycle called “a year.” According to this, the effect of the light on us and on the world around us changes. Therefore, in our world, we symbolically celebrate different dates relative to the spiritual world in which these states are getting implemented.
A month is a lunar cycle. A year is a revolution of the Earth around the Sun. Yet, there is no week. Thus, the day and all other time-markers come from the influence of the upper force, of the light, which changes everything around us and changes our corporeal world at the same time.
Therefore, in the corporeal world, we can celebrate all sorts of dates, that is, their correspondence to the spiritual world. But in our world these dates are carried out automatically according to the movements of the Sun, Moon, Earth, and so on, and in the spiritual world, these influences occur only because of man—to the extent that he aims through his actions to ever increasing similarity to the spiritual Earth, Moon, Sun, and so on.
This is the meaning of all the holidays, the so-called “Moadim,” and all the events in our world.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States”