return for their pledge to care for each other, Moses’ people were given the Torah. They attained the law of bestowaland obtained the light, the altruistic nature of the Creator. In Baal HaSulam’s words, “once the whole nationunanimously agreed and said, ‘We shall do and we shall hear,’ …only then did they become worthy of receiving theTorah, and not before.”
The First Mass Discovery of the Creator
Now we can see how important Moses’ mission was, and why free choice is a prerequisite to accomplishing it. Theleaders of Abraham’s group were all family and were naturally united. But Moses had to unite a nation. To achievethat, the entire nation had to agree on a path. By making a free choice to unite, despite the evident egoism(allegorically described as “standing at the foot of Mount Sinai”), a nation was admitted into the law of giving. This wathe first time in humanity’s history that people en masse attained the quality of the Creator, and from this pointforward, choosing unity in the face of growing egoism will be the only way to achieve the Creator.
What Everybody Ought to Know about the Difference between the Path of Pain andthe Path of Nature
The sages of the Talmud wrote, “one who has one hundred, wishes for two hundred.” Since the dawn of Kabbalah, itspractitioners stated that our desires evolve. They grow in both intensity and quality, meaning not just how much wewant, but also what we want. Eventually, these desires evolve to become the ultimate desire—to be like the Creator.But Kabbalists have also stated that we have free choice in how we arrive at the greatest desire, which also yields thegreatest pleasure. They said that there are two ways to reach this goal.1. We follow Moses’ example and unite. We do that by studying how Nature works at its most fundamental levels,how we, being offshoots of the law of Nature operate, and then try to work like Nature, in unity, just as a child imitatesits parents.2. We ignore the available information and try to discover the secret to a good and sustainable life by ourselves. Thiscan be compared to a child sitting behind the wheel of a car but is too small to see out the window. Naturally, this willresult in recurring accidents with horrific consequences.Kabbalists called the first, enlightened way, “The Path of Light,” and the second, torturous way, “The Path of Suffering.”The evolution of desires occurs irrespective of our choices. When it is not accompanied by a calculated effort to uniteand to choose the path of light in order to discover the law of giving, there is nothing to regulate the growing desireand funnel it in constructive directions. The result is increased and unchecked egoism. This is usually accompaniedby “an accident”—disintegration and defeat as it happened in Babylon and in Egypt.
Do You Know Why Kabbalah Was Hidden for So Long?
Indeed, the history of the Israeli nation is the best example of this statement. As long as they followed Abraham’steaching, they succeeded. When they did not, they were defeated and exiled. Approximately 1,900 years ago, a new level of desire to receive emerged. This required a renewed effort and arenewed choice to unite. Yet, the people of Israel were not ready to make the effort. Instead, they fell into hatred and