“God, God, the Lord, God, God, the Lord, He knows, and Israel, he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the Lord, save us not this day.
If we have built us an altar to turn away from following the Lord, or if to offer upon it burnt-offering or meal-offering, or if to offer peace-offerings upon it, let the Lord Himself require it (Joshua, 22:21-22:23).
Question: Before starting the war in Trans-Jordan, ambassadors were sent there to find out the intentions of the two and a half tribes of Israel, who went beyond the Jordan and built an altar there.
The tribes of Manasseh, Gad and Reuben explained their actions by the fact that years would pass and Jordan would become a border and divide the people. Therefore they were afraid that the ten tribes remaining on the other side of the Jordan would want to deprive them of the opportunity to pray and serve God in a single temple. And just to show that they are one people, they built an altar.
Why were they afraid of what others would think?
Answer: We are talking about the internal connections between all the desires of the broken soul of Adam. For the sons of Israel, the main thing is that they be together, because only then does the personal correction of each affect everyone else—all common desires.
They do not think about themselves, but about the general correction. Everything is only for the sake of correcting one common soul. Therefore any separation and estrangement is terrible for them.
Comment: You also constantly say the only thing the people should do is to wish to reach unity.
My Response: Yes, the most important thing is to come to a common opinion, thoughts, to the Creator, under which everyone can unite and destroy any partitions separating us, so that there is nothing that would separate a person from a person. Only mutual striving for a single goal. Everyone, based on their soul, should try to do this as efficiently as possible for everyone. This is called “one altar,” “one temple.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/23/21