And he [Joshua] said to them, saying, “Return with much wealth to your dwellings, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with copper, and with iron, and with very many garments; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.” (The Prophets, the Book of Joshua, 22:8)
Joshua thanks for the devotion of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh, who return to the land Bashan.
“Spoil” means that the corrected qualities they have acquired in the land of Israel must be expanded to the qualities that they will discover on the other side of the Jordan River. They have the opportunity to live anywhere in the world, meaning “in the desire,” not in the country or on earth.
These two and a half tribes are special in their structure and correction capabilities. Practically they have the same desires for correction and attainment of the Creator, only they have an additional burden: They continue to work with the egoistic desires from the land of Israel.
They corrected them within themselves with the help of others, together with the whole nation, and now they are going to correct them in new conditions. And the new conditions are, in general, uncomfortable. And they should be such in order to prepare the people of Israel to someday transition the actions of correction to the correct the whole world.
Question: So it is no wonder these two and a half tribes had to be the first to assimilate in the world?
Answer: Yes, they had a special mission. They immediately asked for this allotment, and Joshua told them: “Please, you feel that this is yours, then you shall receive this allotment but only after the nation conquers all of Israel.” That is, they take what has already been integrated in Israel and transfer it to work outside of Israel.
Here we see a very interesting phenomenon: the work of correcting desires inside the land of Israel, meaning inside the part of the soul of Israel, and outside of it, is different.
Question: What do the characteristics of the spoil mean: “cattle, silver, gold, copper, iron, clothes”? The corporeal meaning is clear, but what is the spiritual meaning?
Answer: We are talking about various desires that need to be corrected and brought to the point where they belong to someone who is able to use them only for bestowal.
This is why all desires manifest themselves. Otherwise, what would be the point of conquering anything? What kind of robbers are those who came out of Egypt and went to plunder the land where people lived peacefully, quietly and happily?! This is the turning over of our desires.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/23/21